Monday, March 16, 2015

Sports & Spiritual Thought of the Day: Humility and Keeping it Real

From time to time, I wish I had more discipline to blog or tweet a thought from the world of Sports and Spirituality each and every day. Content wise, it certainly wouldn't be hard. People tell me I should, but I prefer to let my thoughts "marinate." 

Teaching the book "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" by Greg Boyle, SJ has helped me understand why I don't. Rascal, a homie who has given up gang banging but remains a tough man to counsel says to "Father G", "You know, I'm going to take that advice and I'm gonna let it marinate," pointing at his heart, "right here." 

That image speaks truth to power for me. I hold people like Patrick Willis who retired last week in my heart. I can't wait to unpack my thoughts on hating Christian Laettner (not sure that I really do) as there's no room in the heart for hate. And wait for it...yet again...I'm ready to write about Bo Jackson (my NCAA men's basketball pool is going to his cause). With Bo, my heart all too often overflows.

But for today, I would like to share a simple Sports and Spirituality Thought of the Day.

Pride makes us artificial, humility makes us real. —Thomas Merton

Humility is no easy virtue to acquire. It demands knowledge of one's limitations and acceptance of our humanity. It may even come at a cost—embarrassment, failure, and ridicule are the price to pay. One may need to ask for help and remain vulnerable. But, it can also serve as an invitation for God's grace. Dependence on God and trusting in Him is never a bad thing. 
Wait until you find out two very important facts about Ida Pieracci
One of the greatest compliments I have ever received is from a friend who said "Anne, I like you because you are real. There are a lot of people out there who aren't. I mean that." I was humbled by his words. I appreciate what he sees in me, in particular because I have a zero tolerance policy for arrogance (which I don't see as all that far removed from pride—Am I sounding too full prideful as I write this?)

My roommate and I remind each other all the time to "keep it real." This always makes me smile. Think of Merton's words to remind yourself what that will take. 

Be humble and stay humble. And if that's a challenge for you, I suggest that you take up the sport of golf. In the last month alone my handicap has gone up by 3 strokes. Fellow golfers say that means I'm just more honest. I think they're right....And should you need an example from a woman to keep you humble, check out this video about golf legend from the San Jose Country Club, Ida Pieracci. I don't want to give much more away... enjoy! 

Again the video is here. Thanks to the EWGA Chapter of Marin, Napa and Sonoma for sharing!

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