Oprah, Armstong, and Te’o… last week was something with the weirdness, anger, righteousness, stench of a cover-up(s?) amplified by the speed of media – amplified even further by humanity’s ability to judge and generate opinions. Part of me wanted to knee jerk write/slash react. However, a great weekend with my daughter, time WAY better spent I might add – didn’t give many opportunities to be swept up by a variety of media interpretations and therefore post anything about said madness. Rather, Curious George, Toy Story, legos, Spotify’s soul station, horses, laughing, coloring, napping, Choo-Choo Bob’s (my daughters fav place to go) and Izzy’s ice cream (fav. place for da sweet cream) and my Niners taking the NFC all got my attention. Actually and come to think of it – I had a perfect weekend as I intentionally stayed away from the Lance/Te’o stories.
However, as part of the positivity project I will, at times, respond to current events. And to be candid, my interpretations aren’t too far from what I gathered from others. I kinda feel like, “Yo, this stuff is crunchy. Sports hero’s takin’ big ol’ dookies on public hope, inspiration, and belief in the higher part of the human spirit…” Simply put, it disheartens me.
What also disheartens me is the amount of time and energy we feed these situations and stories. What concerns me (,and hence one of the reasons for this project,) is our collective interpretation to events like these. In a nutshell it starts to sound to me like one collective voice saying, “They ALL fucking cheat – all of ‘em. Liars, cheats! They steal hope and feed their pocketbooks. Arghh….” Hard to challenge blanket statements like this when they they inundate our mobiles, computers, tv’s, radios, newspapers (paper with ink on it – weird, apparently for Goblins…), podcasts, etc.. Our anger get’s simplified, reactive disappointment continues to corroborate these broad opinions and the cycle of judgment goes round and round. Are we growing? Not sure? The appetite for salacious detail seems to be very much part of our human history…
So you know I’m not defending Lance (and still don’t know or really care about the Te’o thing…). Rather, I’d say we can learn a lil’ sumpin’ here. First, Goblins like print media. Second, PEDs aren’t going away and hopefully our convo about them can mature to a point that IF athletes take ‘em they claim ‘em and are responsible for what happens. This could create an odd future:
“Hey dude, what do you take that makes you run so fast?”
“It’s from Cheetah’s. Crazy, I used to take the horse stuff but I could only run 25mph. Now I can go 60mph. I grew a tail but that’s cool cuz I run 60. Ya dig?”
Third, and most importantly, what I’m saying is that we need to be mindful of what our attention consumes and how we respond. I get that Lance f’d a lot of people. But any more energy or thought than that only makes his actions become more powerful. If you don’t like it, recognize, don’t feed and move on. Our energy is precious and so are our thoughts. So perhaps we find alternative places for them.
For example, por ejemplo, I’d like to offer a different cancer story that remarkable. One that looks death in the face and asks, “How are you going to respond and what are you going to do?” What I’m talking about is the story of my good friend Steve Mazan getting diagnosed with the Big C in 2005 and the subsequent pursuit of his life long goal to perform on Letterman. His documentary, “Dying to do Letterman,” is about this process and it is uplifting. If you find yourself digging for more, “dirt” on Lance or Te’o I’d highly encourage to stop, change direction and check out this hilarious, awesome, every day, highly motivated dude on itunes or netflix.
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