Friday, March 7, 2014
I have noticed the last few years that if you stand for something different, better than what the world accepts, you will be held to a higher standard. Not just by those who think similarly to you (even though I think they are the hardest on us), but by those who, well, I don't know how to explain the other group.
The other group will often not disagree in principle to what I believe. If you remove the Bible, God, or Jesus, they are ok with the "ways to live". Yet, they often don't live up to their own standard. But because it is okay to fail, according to them, they are not being judgmental. However, with me, I know better and am being held to a higher standard, so I should try to be better. Especially because I am a judgmental Christian. Of course, being called a judgmental Christian is pretty judgmental, but that's another story for another time.
The hypocrisy of the world and the line of garbage most people buy is why it is so hard to stand for anything especially that you have the answers to happiness in this life...and beyond. Because most people when attacked will pull back from their beliefs because it is too hard. It is easier to just go along than to stand up and be attacked.
I get it, I do, but I also won't back down, no matter how hard it may be.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I am not a happy camper that IU senior Will Sheehey is graduating and leaving the IU program soon. Will is the epitome of competitor and pride when competing at the D1 basketball level. Has he always acted with class? Nope. But that sometimes happens when you are competing. And competing isn't for wimps.
Will was one of the players along with Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, and Jordan Hulls who through their efforts and intensity brought the IU program back to national relevance. He came to IU at a time when it wasn't cool, and the future was much brighter than the present.
This season hasn't been as "fun" for him as I think he hoped for. But often when losing so many players from a previous season, there is a struggle that occurs. That struggle occurs because the teams is different and also, for Will, his role as 6th man changed. He's struggled with it, but seems to be coming to grips with it just in time for the post season. My wish is that IU gets to the NCAA tournament, but if not, that they compete and win the NIT.
My hope is that Will has a successful pro career wherever he ends up and that he remembers IU. If I could get my son to play like Will, or our team, we would at least be competitive in every game. And if not, well, you'd have to beat us to earn it.
The great thing about 4 year players is that you get to know them and you invest your emotions and time with them as a fan. I've done that with Sheehey and I will miss him.
Click here...so long Will.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Narcissist: "a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish."
I know, I know. I have this blog with my picture all over it and explaining my life and what I like to do, but you really don't have to come here do you? Yes, I link articles to twitter, and I often think I am a bigger deal than I am (I am a nobody, trying to tell somebody, about Him).
Anyway, I have a psychology minor, so I think about these types of things often. I fight the pride issue, a lot. I think leaders tend to fight these issues because they are complimented so often. However, some elite leaders want the criticism so that it can keep them balanced. Even asking these questions and calling myself a leader makes me uncomfortable. Maybe that makes me not narcissistic?
The one saving grace, I think is that in no way am I absorbed with my looks. I mean, I want to look clean and look presentable, but I don't believe that women, or men, are lining up overwhelmed with how attractive I am. Maybe that's the low self-esteem from my youth. I guess you can see that when I think about, really think about it, I just might have other issues, but we all do.
I don't know. Am I a narcissist? Even asking the question tends to make me think that maybe I am. So...I will continue to fight that battle also. But do they go hand in hand with pride?
I think so.
(Check out the video below, funny)