Browsing through a colleague’s email and knowing how she finds motivation amidst a muddled environment led me to remember a speech from the movie “Friday Night Lights” (now a TV series).

“Well it’s real simple: You got two more quarters and that’s it.

Now most of you have been playin’ this game for ten years. And you got two more quarters and after that most of you will never play this game again as long as you live. Now, ya’ll have known me for awhile, and for a long time now you’ve been hearin’ me talk about being perfect.

Well I want you to understand somethin’. To me, being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship to yourself and your family and your friends.

Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down, because you told them the truth. And that truth is that you did everything that you could. There wasn’t one more thing that you could’ve done.

Can you live in that moment, as best you can, with clear eyes and love in your heart? With joy in your heart?

If you can do that gentlemen, then you’re perfect.

I want you to take a moment. And I want you to look each other in the eyes. I want you to put each other in your hearts forever, because forever’s about to happen here in just a few minutes.

I want you to close your eyes, and I want you to think about Boobie Miles, who is your brother. And he would die to be out there on that field with you tonight. And I want you to put that in your hearts.

Boys, my heart is full. My heart’s full.”

We’ve all been working real hard and the progress that we’ve made is a testament to that.  There is no doubt that you guys have taken over the driver’s seat and have propelled this account towards an improvement that we’ve been aiming for since we launched the segment.  We’ve been through a lot of stumbling blocks…obstacles that at one point in time led us towards a stage where giving up was the option.  Amidst all the snags that have been thrown at us, we’ve managed to move on… to elude the tentacles of bleakness…

I have difficulty finding words to let all of you know how proud I am of the team.  Our accomplishments so far, the struggles that we have faced straight on, and as a team, are feathers on all of your caps.  I couldn’t find prouder words than to unreservedly tell you guys that you have been the best team that I’ve worked with.  Your dedication and passion have brought me back from the ashes… I’ve found, again, my motivation to charge, head-on, to fight back and face our quandaries dead-on…knowing that I am not alone, realizing that I have you guys to work and struggle with, and recognizing that I have the best teammates in ACS…

We will struggle together… we will face all adversaries in concert… and we will succeed as a team… because, collectively, we are perfect!

“Now most of you have been playin’ this game for ten years. And you got two more quarters…”

..parkn’ complications!

Posted: March 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

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…At least I get to appreciate the grandeur of this park!  Watch how people are happy.. Jogging.. Exercising.. Enjoying each other’s company..  Life’s beautiful.. It becomes even more beautiful when someone else appreciates if on your behalf..  Too bad I couldn’t smoke here.. Otherwise, it could have been perfect!

I could risk getting caught smoking.. Risk?  I tried taking one and just recently.. Didn’t turn out alright..  Funny how bein’ here reminds me of my life.. This park is a microcosm of my story.. Of my existence..

Life’s beautiful.. For everyone in here.. Except for that bird who’s alone inside that cage..  Life revolves happily outside his coop.. Goes on without him being part of it.. I wonder.. Does that bird realize his worth being inside a barred enclosure and seeing how life can evolve without him?  Everyone seems happy.. He is not.. Not that he’s miserable, or sad.. Sadness is not the opposite of happiness..

On his perception, insignificance is the anti-thesis of happiness..  Are you ok lil’ bird?  Too bad he can’t talk.. Otherwise, I’d order a beer and start talkin’ bout how he deals with his predicament.. I might learn a few things from this seemingly ordinary bird..

“I have learned a valuable lesson..  Life’s beautiful.. If you are willing to take risks.. Life goes on.. Even if you are not part of it.. You can’t have everything that you desire.. Or the ones that are really important to you..  You can’t be happy.. If you are insignificant to the persons that really matter.. Happiness?  It’s all good.. But happiness, in all its essence, is complicated.. Life’s complicated..”

Want to talk about complications?

…let this lover in!

Posted: January 10, 2009 in Love

Your heart is like an arctic loch,
On where its frozen rim I walk;
As the moon grins with a mock,
Alone, lost, stacking an indistinct track;
Oh lead, you fair sprites, the way,
On where the rime maybe weak –
That underneath my base it may break
So that this lover may come in!

Obscurity

Posted: August 12, 2008 in Love
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I hid myself with a cloak of obscurity;
Knowing that somehow ‘tis much safer;
When everything’s nothing but shadows;
Then a twinge will find itself a stranger.

 

I spent a stretch accompanied by solitary;
Believing that being is considered by bother;
Where dealings end up once cruelty blows;
Destiny will find itself smile a little frailer.

 

I thrived where I was unscathed by severity;
Feeling pompous like a soul made clever;
But ‘tis often convoyed by jesters’ guffaws;
Yet unpleased by a grit that ended paler.

 

I found a spur with fortune’s ambiguity;
Reflective ‘bout a heart’s plight that’s richer;
Through a gemstone that a moment slows;
Contentment turns shade a bit brighter.

 

I lost refuge with in a desolate sanctuary;
Realizing that life isn’t about being lesser;
Because when fate would sometimes shows;
Love always makes a soul strive for better.

An Ode to Trix!

Posted: April 2, 2008 in Love
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Sitting beside a lamppost, a half-finished Marlboro cigarette in my right hand, I could not stop thinking about the figure that I am now pretty convinced, was nothing but a part of a dream. When a magnificence of a presence gets to grace your whole persona, you could not help but think if fantasy had put a hold on your consciousness; if sanity is still in one piece and unbroken. Perhaps — and this would be the only quantifiable rationalization that one could think of — she was just part of an astonishing dream.”

Trix and her “winter wonder” work postOne day, I woke up next to a beyond-description of a woman. She has long curly hair, with strands of auburn that could have been caressed by the hands of a higher being. Her oval stunning face could have send Aphrodite into exile…her face was that of a goddess. Those spectacular eyes — breathtaking almond eyes — mirrors her very existence, which is nothing but grand and majestic. The lips that posit a radiance of joie de vivre has more life than a rosebud blooming to perfection. Her slender exquisite frame was infinite loveliness, a pure manifestation of the Supreme Being that created her.

If indeed there was such flawlessness, this woman, this angel is the epitome of it. Her royal and grandiose presence comes short of what her whole being is about —her benevolent countenance. She was splendid in every way one can think of; she was indeed the personification of perfection.

“Sitting beside a lamppost, a half-finished Marlboro cigarette in my right hand, I could not stop thinking why such excellence could be endowed to just one being. Mayhap this is just a flight of the imagination, a part of one’s fantasy, a dream. However, the more I think about it, the more I tend to realize that this could not be so. Even in dreams such faultlessness cannot possibly exist.

“For only the loveliest of faces can be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy; for only such rightness can be seen through love’s eyes. Is it a dream? Now I am convinced that ‘tis not because I never knew how to see perfection, how to worship… save now that I am truly in love.”