Thursday, September 30, 2010

Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Lose.

One of my favorite shows is Friday Night Lights. It has it all -- football, high school drama (that isn't yours), a sweet family, and small town life.

I also might have a small crush on the coach, and on one of the guys who used to play football (but he's not really just a year out of high school, he just plays that age, so it's ok).

I think my coach crush partly stems from that role's strong family values, and strong sense of equality and fairness. I'm a sucker for those things.

A great statement the coach makes after a pep talk has stuck with me since the first episode I watched last year: Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.

Isn't that the truth? Not just with sports, or all team activities, but in life itself?

I'd think the balance would be easier to achieve. It's just two little things -- clear eyes, and a full heart. But not so little, as it turns out, when you're trying to balance them along with everything that muddies clearness, and empties the full.

It definitely takes work to maintain clear eyes and a full heart.

And in the end, we might think we lose, and to the naked eye, our outcome might be considered a loss. But really, it's a win. A huge one. And a definite game-changer.

And combined with a deep Texas accent and football gear...well, that pep talk is just right.

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