I opened the door to the garage with my arms full this evening and looked at the obstacle course that was before me; a one car garage with my car, 3 bikes, 2 sets of shelves the bike trailer, golf clubs, a skate board, tools, chairs and some other junk standing in my way. I was trying to take out the trash, and the garbage cans were on the other side. I turned sideways to pass by the car, having to lift the 30 pound bag of trash over my head to squeeze by, my other arm wrapped around some empty boxes. Half way through the obstacle course I asked myself why I had chosen to lift the heavy garbage bag over my head instead of the light empty boxes. Who knows, then BAM, my adventure to the other side of the garage became an inspirational moment.. If sometimes we choose to do hard things even when we don't have to, we become used to and even comfortable with doing hard things. Then when difficult things come our way without our choosing, they are more easily overcome. Ha, you thought I was just going to tell a story about taking out the trash didn't you. Yes there is inspiration to be found, even in taking out the trash.
Answer: Football in the Snow.
American football, the personification of the inner struggles we feel every day, ripped out of our hearts and played upon the gridiron stage for all to see. Fighting for every inch, breath condensing like the steam from a bull's mouth before a charge. The clashing of opposing forces that unites and overcomes the differences of fanatics loyal to their nation. Where inches mean endless possibilities, deception, posturing, celebration, utter defeat. It is but a game, and yet some might some might say that about life. Do we elevate the game to our lives, or our lives to the game... Okay, this just isn't making any sense any more. Here are some awesome pictures from the Lions vs. Eagles game. They make me happy.
snow on the mountains
clear starry nights
smooth pavement with no traffic
finishing a workout
sleeping in until 10
the hammock by the beach in turtle bay
the sound of maple connecting with a fastball
finishing the swim segment of a triathlon
the list goes on...
take 10 minutes and see what you can come up with