WISE WORDS FROM COACHES?

I’m always on the lookout for good quotations for my Happiness Cards. It’s a fun and relaxing activity to read the wise, inspiring and sometimes hilarious words from all kinds of people. I haven’t been surprised that well-known authors and world leaders are often quoted. But coaches?

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Some of the best quotes I’ve found come from the late John Wooden of UCLA basketball fame. He was a wise and humble man who warned his players, “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” I could have saved myself hours of grief if I’d followed his admonition: “If you don’t have time to do it right when will you have time to do it over?”

Yogi Berra, coach of the NY Yankees, is almost as famous for his malapropisms as his coaching. His statement that, “Baseball is ninety percent mental, and the other half is physical,” is pretty typical. I’m not a sports fan, but even I’ve heard quotes by Vince Lombardi.

Sports lends itself to humorous observations. It was Erma Bombeck who wrote: “If a man watches three football games in a row he should be declared legally dead.” I can only imagine what her Sunday afternoons must have been like. Humorist, Dave Barry observed that, ”Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.”

Perhaps it’s not that surprising after all, that quotations from the world of coaching and sports are plentiful. Many games can be fashioned into metaphors for life. Coaches and players are given plenty of opportunity to spout off about the latest game and are heard by millions. Probably you and I say something memorable every now and then too, but who hears us?

Here’s your chance! Share your wise words in the Comment box.

LONG VIEW OR CLOSE UP?

Photographing flowers. as I do, means looking closely at a fairly small subject, and then editing it on a screen that’s only 15 or 18 inches away from my face – a decidedly shortened view.

Today I tried to put together a slide show of dahlias. It’s usually a straight forward project, but not today. Nothing was working, and I was struggling. A few days ago I made a vow to myself that I wouldn’t push the river any longer, so I honored that promise and drove 2 miles to the beach.

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 It was a beautiful clear and warm day, somewhat unusual around here. I could see up the coast all the way to Cape Mendocino. The sky was painted with unusual cloud formations. The ocean was calm. As I sat there on the bluffs looking out at the ocean and sky it struck me how restricted my photographic view has been. I love photographing flowers, but gazing at the scene in front of me now was a whole different experience. It made me wonder how my chosen subject matter has shortened my view in an internal sense as well. Both points of view are important, but it’s easy for me to get caught up in one and neglect the other.

When I returned home I pulled out one of my favorite books on photography, God is at Eye Level, by Jan Phillips. In the Introduction she writes, “Every step in the process of taking pictures is a step toward the light, an experience of the holy, an encounter with the God who is at eye level, whose image I see wherever I look.” Maybe it’s not that important whether I shoot close up or far away. It’s only important that I do it.