Me and basketball

Posted: August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

I was at the local recreation center the other day and I noticed a t shirt that read, “Basketball never quits”.   I love the shirt. I think its message is profound. I would only change one word on it. I would replace basketball with I.

“I never quit.” That is great! I would buy that shirt as a matter of fact I may head on over to Zazzle or Cafepress and pick me one up. Oh those are websites that let you design t shirts and accessories and all kinds of cool stuff.


I have given some thoughts to a legacy. Hasn’t everyone? Even if it is small and fleeting we wonder how will I be remembered. The ancient Greeks were pretty preoccupied with legacy and I have to say they are remembered for some impressive feats.  Much of the modern western world owes a debt of gratitude to the Greeks and the ancient  Arab world.

What do you want to be remembered for?   Your compassion, your passion, your mind? All of those things and more? Yeah me too. However, if someone described me today and said, “That John never quits.” That would be great!

I don’t want to be known as a quitter. My dad never gives up. He is compassionate and smart and kind but I remember seeing my dad do things that lesser men have quit at.

Of all the traits he has passed to me through his example that one seems to resonate with me the loudest.  I think that is due in part to the harsh thing that we call life.

Yeah life can be tough but you should never give up. You should keep pushing and pulling.

I think this is a big key to a happy life. Perseverance in the face of anything. I would like to end this post with a quote from the brilliant book and mind of Russell Brand.

“My dad’s philosophy was (and I think still is) that life is a malevolent force, which seeks to destroy you, and you have to struggle with it. Only those who are hard enough will succeed. Most people get crushed, but if you fight, in the end life will go, “F*%#ing hell. This one’s serious. Let him through.”
Russell Brand


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