“… there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” (Jim Valvano).
You wouldn’t expect this quote from a basketball coach. You’d expect sayings like “excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better” (Patrick James Riley – NBA coach) or “I don’t expect you to be the best player on the field, I just expect you to do YOUR best” (Roy Osberghaus).
This week’s quote is by Jim Valvano and it was an excerpt from his ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award speech. Jim Valvano was not a spiritual teacher nor was he an author (at least not to my knowledge), he was a college basketball coach and a broadcaster for ESPN. However, he was a man who knew the value of time, love, and happiness. Jim Valvano was awarded the ESPY just eight weeks before he died of cancer. His speech also says this “time is very precious to me. I don’t know how much I have left, and I have some things that I would like to say. Hopefully, at the end, I will have said something that will be important to other people, too.” You can find his whole acceptance speech here if you’re interested in the rest of the quote.
Here’s what I take from this and I would be interested to know what you take from it. It’s always the little things that we take for granted: laughter, reflective thinking, time, love… the things that all the money in the world can’t buy. It’s such a paradox to think that life is the longest thing we can ever do yet “life is short”. I think that we often forget to live consciously, this is why we perceive life as short. We take time for granted and we “waste” it on things that don’t make us happy, on things that aren’t worth the values we stand for: we forget to live. We forget to thrive!
We don’t choose to be born into the world but we can choose how we live it. We can choose what values we want to cherish and how we spend our time. “It’s a very precious gift… so precious that it is only given to us moment by moment” (Amelia Barr). I’d like to thank you for sparing 10 minutes or so of your life to be here and now on a Roadless Walk.
Live consciously and treat each day as if it’s a miniature lifetime!