Those who know me well know that basketball is my first love. The roar of the crowd after a fast break or 3-point basket just gives me goosebumps. One of the ways I got to know about the University of Oklahoma was through Coach Sherri Coale when she took the women’s basketball program to their first Final Four in 2002. I have tremendous respect for her. Granted, I love her style of coaching but I also love that she knows how to write in a way that makes you feel like you are right there with her, living in the moment and sharing in the experience. Fortunately for us, Coale’s teaching roots will always be a part of her. Enjoy her latest posting…
I wanted to share a great posting by someone who inspires me to be a better person, Sarah Roberts. Enjoy her latest posting: http://fcatrophywife.blogspot.com/2013/04/moving-again.html
When the new OU Softball game time was announced, I made sure to mark off my calendar so I could make the home opener. I kept thinking to myself that a 3:15 game start, on top of the windy and cold conditions, would not draw a large crowd. With it being Friday, this was understandable. As Jenkins St. began to come into my view from Constitution, my eyes immediately went toward the softball field. I just smiled as there were already a large amount of cars in the parking lot. There was no question in my mind our fans were ready to see this team in action….and to have our girls back home. I was armed with multiple layers and a blanket. I headed toward the stadium and was greeted immediately by friends. I saw Jessica Shults’ grandmother and stopped to give her a hug. The seat next to her was open so I joined her. As we sat huddled together, ready to cheer on our girls, we chatted about rankings, movies and when in the world will the wind stop??
The wind never died down…and as each inning went by, my feet got more and more numb. But I was not about to leave or miss this game. This is not only the #1 team in the country, but this is a special group of young ladies whose talent is simply fun to watch. When the game ended, I heard a fellow booster club member say “Gosh, are we crazy for coming out here in this weather?” I just smiled, looked at her and replied “Dedicated sounds a little better…but all worth it.”
I was so impressed with the crowd as was Coach Gasso who mentioned it during her press conference.
Is there something that you are that dedicated to where you wouldn’t let poor weather conditions or anything stop you from being a part of the action?
Dedicated in Norman
For most of my adult life, I have been a morning person. So getting up to be at work by 8 a.m. isn’t a big deal. When you haven’t been sleeping well, however, getting up for a 7 a.m. ashes service can be a struggle. I won’t lie, when the alarm went off yesterday around 5:30…there was a definite temptation to go back to bed. Then I remembered my hectic schedule and how this was the most convenient time to attend the service…and more importantly, that I needed to start off the season of Lent on a good note. I parked my car and ended up seeing two friends from softball. I hugged one as he went off to work and then sat with his wife for mass. What’s that expression about things happening for a reason? Yep, really works. Fr. Thomas Boyer of St. Mark the Evangelist has a great way of getting to the heart of the matter in his homilies. He has that ability to make one zone right in on what he is saying. You don’t get distracted when you listen to him. At the end of his homily yesterday, he brought up how so many of today’s television ads revolve around pills that promise a quick fix to a problem. I’ll paraphrase here but I remember him saying something like this: “All we see today are ads for pills for some disease or disorder. I want you all to take a daily dose of GFH during Lent. Gratitude, Forgiveness and Humor.” He had referenced each of these earlier in his talk and noted how important each of these are to our daily lives. Gratitude…being thankful for everything you have and all the blessings you’ve been given. Forgiveness….forgiving yourself and others. It is what Jesus would do. Last, but certainly not least, Humor…being able to laugh every day will not only keep your sanity but also help you keep perspective. If you can’t learn to laugh at yourself or things that happen, you’ll end up being negative.
As I write this, it is day 2 of Lent. I have decided to give up guilt for Lent. I want to leave the past in the past. I can’t change mistakes I’ve made, things I’ve said or the way I’ve acted. I have taken the time to admit my mistakes, asked for forgiveness of those involved…..the next step is to move on and try not to repeat the same actions. Letting the guilt reside in me will do no good, only harm. This Lent, I am asking that God help me get rid of the guilt and make smarter, healthier decisions.
So, as I conclude, I want to share my GFH for the day: I am grateful for the people in my life, I will work toward forgiving myself and I will definitely keep laughing at goofy things I’ve done or with others. Life is way too short not to find the humor. I love making others laugh and look forward to incorporating that into this Lenten season.
So what are you waiting for….have you had your dose of GFH today?
Armed with GFH in Norman
Are any of you all in the process of dating right now?
Tomorrow I have an appointment for a haircut and then afterwards I am meeting a guy for coffee. This is not a “blind” meeting as we both know what each other looks like. We just haven’t met in person before. For most of my life, dating has been a foreign concept to me. It’s not that I wasn’t interested…I just didn’t make it a priority. What’s changed now? Timing. I want the company, the partnership, the support….and I feel I finally can contribute to a relationship. Continue reading
As I may have mentioned, I live in Norman, Oklahoma and have for the past six years. If you are reading this blog, you know I love to write.
Well, an idea hit me yesterday that I could combine the two subjects, Norman and writing. When I get involved in a project like this, I give it my full attention. So for most of yesterday, I was on my laptop tapping my fingers, trying to match the speed of my thoughts. I would welcome your thoughts on this book idea. Here are my goals/ideas for the book in no particular order:
- Share how great of a town Norman is (sorry to end with “is”…I know that breaks many English rules)
- Incorporate stories of famous or well-known people who were born here (regardless of whether they are still here or not)
- Share pictures I have taken on random road excursions and weather/seasonal-related
- Educate people about businesses that have chosen to call Norman home
- Tell readers how I came upon Norman and my first impression of the town
Long story short, Norman has so many great qualities that have helped me call it home. It is a great small town and I want people to know there is more to Norman than being affiliated with OU. So that is my random idea…
Happy Norman Resident