Lessons from Cowboys Country
But when my sweetie’s son and daughter-in-law treated us to a game with the Tennessee Titans in the Cowboys Stadium, I picked up lots of great reminders about life and deliberate creation:
1. Celebrate Progress
I don’t know much about football – still – but today I learned that you don’t have to get a touchdown before you celebrate. Even when their players were tackled, fans often erupted in cheers. It took me a few plays to realize even if you just advance a few yards, that’s reason enough to get excited. You don’t have to score a touchdown every time in order to be celebrating a win.
2. Experts See More
The refs and devoted football fans saw things I as a novice didn’t. Flags were thrown for things I didn’t understand; fans erupted in unison about moves I totally missed. What I did see was that people who spend a lot of time with something develop an expertise for it. The same is true in deliberate creation: when we regularly pay close attention to the energy and become well trained in feeling out the vibrations, we develop stronger LOA senses. My takeaway: hang out with the experts in whatever you want to develop more of. Their experience is valuable.
3. Discipline Rules
Speaking of well-trained, these players know what they’re doing! They’re fit, disciplined, and focused. Traits that serve a deliberate creator, too. Abraham tells us that getting picky about our thoughts requires effort, and that effort that pays off when we commit to it!
4. Shake It Off
Even the heroes can have a bad play/quarter/game/season. What I saw today was a practiced ability to “shake it off.” These seasoned players didn’t let disappointments weigh them down; rather they looked forward to what’s next. Another good tip for deliberate creators.
5. Who Wants It Most
As declared on the world’s largest high definition video screen before kickoff, it’s not a matter of who is strongest, but rather who wants it more. (I would have guessed toughest or most stamina – wrong!) We also know in the game of manifesting that the reward doesn’t necessarily go to the smartest, most talented, or hardest worker; but rather to the most aligned.
6. Things Change Fast
It only takes one referee flag, one big play, or one opponent’s slip up to completely reverse course. Good thing to remember when it looks like things aren’t going your way.
7. Have Fun Doing It
Even while you’re working to get the job done, you can have fun in the process. Hot cheerleaders flashing smiles; upbeat music on every break; and fun end zone dances acknowledge a job well done. It’s a good reminder to deliberate creators that you don’t have to have a big excuse to have a good time – you can fit in the cracks of life’s daily moments.
8. Live and Let Live
Die hard devoted fans of opposing teams can sit side by side and still respect each other’s differences. We can have vastly different outlooks on the world and still get along. As many new deliberate creators know, needing everyone to agree with us is a sure fire ticket to frustration. Differences are cool and contrast fuels the whole system. Rock on, Titans!
9. Men Look Great in Pink
In honor of breast cancer awareness, every player on the field was wearing pink somewhere: on his shoes, gloves, helmet, those towel-thingies (flags?). Just as it’s okay for tough men to wear pink for a worthy cause, it’s also okay for manifesters to show their softer side by allowing their full range of emotions. Some things we might not consider appropriate (fear, anger, worry) are actually a crucial step up the vibrational scale. Get comfortable out of your comfort zone; it looks good on you.
10. Perceptions Vary
It’s easy for everyone to see the same play differently depending on where they were sitting. In football, they do their best to come to agreement. In deliberate creation, it’s helpful to remember we each have our own perception; we don’t have to agree on one right way; and there is tremendous power in choosing the perspective that serves you best.
11. Time Warp
Time has a funny way of being suspended in football, it seems. How else could four 15 minute quarters turn into four hours of play? Sounds like confirmation of the illusion of time. I’ve even heard sometimes they actually put time back on the clock!
12. Jargon Doesn’t Help
For those who aren’t living and breathing football, it’s easy to get confused with unfamiliar terms. As Shannon reminded me at lunch when she asked who Abraham is (she’s a regular reader), it’s helpful not to assume everyone knows what LOA stands for and what the vortex is. I intend to correct this in a separate post, so newcomers aren’t intimidated by insider lingo.
13. Cheerleaders Rock
No matter how bad your team is losing, it’s hard to complain when you’re surrounded by beautiful girls whose job is to uplift you. Also in real life, it’s not a bad idea to have a good friend around with a ready smile.
14. It’s All Good
After a great game where the Cowboys ultimately lost to the Titans, we learned from tailgaters in the parking lot that even when you don’t win the game, there’s still loud music, good food, and great company to enjoy.
If you’re a football fan and deliberate creator, I’d love to hear what lessons translate from the field to the Field – if you know what I mean. (If I can violate the no jargon rule one more time before I change my ways.)
The only thing better than hanging out with them this weekend was getting an abundance of kisses from their especially lovable pug Zoe. (Pictures on my facebook page!)
(For the record, though, I think their family roots loudest for University of Utah Utes, even though they took us to the Cowboys Stadium.)