if you have a gift, give it

if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it -if you have a gift, give it - if you have a gift, give it

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Joaquin Zihuatanejo

Last year i saw this poet. He did four poems. Yesterday I finally found some footage. A teacher who learns from his students. A man who learned sign language so he could speak to one of the kids in his class through poetry. Wow! He closed that night with a poem called "Final Exam for My Father" I've only heard the words of that one once but, the feeling he left is still ringing. Some people don't get poetry. For others its the only thing they have. I'd say most people like a well told story. 


Johns Poem
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6s4OszVwP4


Title Unknown
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it8dLRjf_jk&feature=related

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Breaker Box

I have 11 Basketball Documentaries. I bought them because I want to figure out how to put a spark inside of someone. A game that has taught me about more than winning and losing. More than possessions and shot selection, friendship, mentorship, creation, technique, motion, conversation, skill, stewardship, placement, focus, preparation, one touch pass, jump stop, follow through.

I am still connecting dots. 

A good test is to think of something that you would wake up extremely early for.

There is a breaker box at my work. When the appliances run too hard it can short circuit. So what do you do? Head out to the box and flip the switch that is facing the opposite direction of all the others. # 18. 

Each basketball Documentary i own has within it a story. Without Bias is a tragedy about experimenting with drugs. Kobe Doin' Work demonstrates how to communicate on the court and how to express a deep joy for the game. Winning Time is about elevating oneself in crucial moments. It retells the story of small town and city rivalry. Through the Fire is a High-school superstar understanding his dream and putting together the pieces that make it a reality. Hoop Dreams is about choices... And the list goes on. Each movie is a switch. 

If you love the game of basketball and have not read Scared Hoops i suggest you quit reading this post and speed on down to the closest book store. Screw over night shipping when you could leave NOW! Inside that book Phil Jackson gives his players books to read. His bookshelf is a breaker box. Whether you think you'll actually get something out of Zen Buddhism, Native American, or Military teaching is neither here or there. And how does that relate to basketball again? 

What book could i give you if i wanted to help you work harder at your craft. If I wanted to show you that you are limitless. To step outside of that stat book and find a reason to write a memoir. To get you to move 5 million blocks of limestone in Egypt at your own free will. To hold yourself responsible for insignificant piece of composite leather bouncing off the back of the rim. Rip it down. Collect yourself. Find the One. One dances through the traffic hits Two out in front of him. Two shot fakes dishes to Four cutting for a Layup.  The shot is up and....

When you understand the game you will work harder to get the simplest shot in basketball. The Layup. 

When Phil Jackson gives you a book about the Stock Market and tells you to make a hundred free throws before you leave the gym. Do It. He can see your switch board and has just given you a huge hint on how to make all those little black buttons face the same way. 

With that being said, lets build our libraries so that we may one day hand someone a book or dvd or journal entry that could change their outlook on life forever. What better gift than an assist of revelation.