Inspiring Expenditure

Last week I was interviewed on Coachville Caffeine, an online talk radio program for coaches. The conversation opened with a “brief” (which turned into a not-so-brief) discussion regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden. The three of us on the call-Coach Dave, Coach Deanna and I- all agreed that we felt deflated and even a sense of negativity regarding the celebratory actions that had taken place. Everywhere we turned, people were celebrating Osama’s death on television, Facebook, on the radio. Fellow American’s were cheering at a baseball game and on the sacred grounds of Ground Zero. Seeing these images made us all feel very “off” with our feelings. As the conversation continued, the three of us also realized that we were not the only one’s who felt the same way.

During my call, Coach Deanna placed a very provocative caveat on the table. She stated, ” How do we, as coaches, inspire that kind of expenditure of thought and energy and emotion, for the common good on a regular basis?” Her question had me officially mind-blown.

Let me repeat that statement, because it’s worth repeating.

How do we, as coaches, inspire that kind of expenditure of thought, and energy and emotion, for the common good on a regular basis?

How can we, as a society, use the type of energy that was used on our thoughts and emotions surrounding the death Osama for good instead of negative? How can we harness these energies and thoughts for good on a daily basis?

I propose that we promote and embrace tolerance. The amount of energy that is used in negative situations on our day-to-day lives, whether directly or indirectly related is, in my opinion, extremely obtuse. If we were to take on the role of a sporting team, and are the players on a team, we are there to support one another. We bolster other playmates when they falter. At the end of the game, win or lose, we gather as a team and wish the opposing team a good game. That’s the ultimate form of sportsmanship – to not jeer on the opposing team when they have lost. To not lose our cool when we lose. It’s what makes us the best player possible – on and off the field.

The promotion of embracing tolerance often alleviates the need to find justice that is derogatory instead of compassionate. Even in the most horrific instances of circumstances, there’s still the human element that resides in us which thrives on compassion. Should we, as a society, have celebrated the death of a conceived villain in the  nature that we did? Some people believe yes, while others say no. As a coach, I say no. I say that the celebration of someone’s death was grossly absurd.  In the hours following the announcement of Osama’s death, I was (do I dare say?) embarrassed at how my fellow American’s were reacting to his death.

How can we use all of this energy that is boiling about to create good in our life and in the lives of others? Energy is a powerful emotion and motion. It takes a lot of energy to expel what we feel. It takes a lot of energy to camouflage what we feel just the same. When we are fully awake and present, the awareness of our thoughts and emotions are overwhelming. It’s a matter of being still long enough to realize when there’s an energy that needs to be addressed. Feelings of negativity and even anger can be bolstered to positivity by realizing that there’s perfection in every situation. The moments that you are angered at the injustices of our life’s events are when we need to stop and evaluate our feelings. How can we address our anger, hurt and frustration into a POSITIVE nature? How can we carry each other instead of tear one another down? How can we all become one in life?

What can YOU do to help promote the energy and emotions that you feel for the better – and more so, on a daily basis? What can you do to make changes within yourself so that it directly affects the fellow man?

Here’s to living larger, thinking bigger and playing grander!

Be the spark that lights the world!



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