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The World Has Been Reset


There is no greater mountain in pro sports than the one the Cubs have just climbed to the top. After more than a century without a Championship, they had to get past the one way to win that was different from all other teams. They had to win in their collective minds first.

They found the ability to stay on top of negative thinking. Fear from negative thoughts leads to feeling the weight of that thought, which leads to improper focus which leads to mistakes. All of which would otherwise not happen. That’s what the curse did – allowed negative thought to dominate and creep in at the slightest hint of a problem.

From Curse To Cures

Manager Joe Madden spoke post-game about preparing them for the moments in crunch situations when it would turn bad – to stay calm and ride that out, then come back when they had the chance. They practiced it all season long, leading to the best record in all of baseball. The Cubs stayed motivated throughout those dips. They had leaders speak up at the right times to fill the air with the proper energy needed for each player to feed from. Most notably in Game 7, the biggest game in any of their lives.

They first off did not beat themselves.
That’s where the misdirection of a curse comes from.
You hear people who tell you that bad luck follows them around or that this is typical for my life – “that figures,” they say.
This can be refuted now.
The same letters that make up curse also include cures.

The formula was always there.
It’s there for you now.
When something turns bad, how you react to it is everything.

Let the Cubs winning the World Series reset you into a new model of thought, replacing any old thoughts that hold you back.

Yes, it’s experience and talent that must be there. Don’t stop your quest for more in the field you love.
Even if you are the best, without the proper foundation and belief leading to the right motivation, especially when it’s needed the most, you will always have yet another obstacle in your way – YOU.

Believe in yourself through the work you put in.
Do the work, believe that it’s going to workout.
There is no use for obstacles created by a lack of this principle.
There is no obstacle that can’t find it’s answer.

Baseball fans see how the sport mirrors life.
Let this biggest of sports obstacles lead you into the new world where curses are the stuff of fairy tales. Positive, repeated belief in the work you are doing is the process.

When times get tough and it’s hard to see straight, the way to remember this already has it’s own catch phrase:

The Popsicle Twitter Stick


Popsicle sticks are hand held billboards

My kids and I were having a popsicle.
…wait, there’s more.

The Business of Stick Ads

It seems like if you’re in the popsicle business you have a built-in opportunity that you must not miss to post a message on the stick. I’m sure it’s standard protocol in the “food on a stick” industry. It’s your chance to brand or display the company philosophy.

Mine said “Be Positive.”
Cool enough, I’m with you there.
But that wasn’t enough for me.
How am I supposed to go about being positive?
You don’t know what I’m going through, popsicle stick.
That’s easy to say but how do I DO it?
The message was as incomplete as a fortune cookie and left me wanting more like Chinese food does an hour later.
Well-intentioned happy voids are only the tip of the spear. It is the sharpest point, I get it. There’s just not enough room to hold the whole point. This, of course, got me thinking.

The metaphor for the soundbite culture

People decide that one line is gonna do it. It’s all we have room for. It’s all the time we have to invest in understanding or making the point. That’s why we have drive-by opinions. The time we give it can only hold surface content, headlines. No time for depth.
We carry on 140 character conversations – lives.

This will reach it’s peak, I believe, as the opinion culture seeks more meat. The hamburger was always going to evolve to include toppings. Better opinions will get expounded upon and the info from the respected individuals voice will be louder than the baseless posts of trolls. Simply having a voice will peak and tip. Once people realize they don’t have all the answers, more questions come and that can serve to open discussions. That’s the best of opening up the world in a communication era. The cream always rises to the top.

One of my endeavors through this blog is to talk through my mindset in increments; to add to the sound bite with a small piece of the reason. In searching how I find my way back to contentment, I write it so that I might understand it better and leave a reminder as to at least one way to do it in the process.
Contentment is everywhere you look for it. But you do have to look.  It’s that which keeps you from becoming a troll and knocking down anything you don’t agree with or understand. Your life goes according to how you see it.

That’s what I came to after seeing encouraging words on a popsicle stick.
The culture of the popsicle twitter stick could change. Either the point size will get tiny to fit more on each stick, or there will be enormously long popsicles in the future.

Yeah, ok, I won’t get all crazy now.
“Be Positive” sounds about right now that I’m done with my thought-spew.

Thanks For Getting Me Sick

No, Really!

If you are ever sick, anyone at work or in your friend circle that gets sick after you
automatically assigns you as the responsible party. Now maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. But for them to automatically assign blame is a little like you expecting a share of the winning lottery ticket because you were there when it was bought. Proximity is not enough.


While I’m on it, winning a lottery doesn’t make you instantly healthy either.
Actually, it’s more like getting a virus than you’d ever want to believe. Something so excessively positive by perception draws out an envy that shows some sick behavior. People get goofy when they’re around something they see as over the top good.
They haven’t acquired any of the characteristics in it’s pursuit that would allow them
to handle the rewards. You see a person’s character in their behavior when they’re down and out.


The Healing Benefits of Being Sick

While I don’t get sick often at all, and certainly don’t like it, I appreciate the re-zeroing process. I am humbled. I am forced to realize that something totally out of my ability to stop with any level of certainty, and something so infinitely small, can take me completely out of commission.


I always come out of a sickness with a renewed sense of drive, feeling like I need to make up for lost time. I get after it. I clean up the messes I was operating in and get re-organized. It’s a clean slate restart.  Like a flu-years resolution.


After I look back, having gone through the misery of a sickness I can be thankful.
I’m stronger now.