Watching the 2013 NBA Basketball Championship game between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs was great fun for me. The teams were incredibly talented, of course, but the joy was that the competition was neck and neck and provided for some great stomach turning suspense. The Miami Heat won the Championship and as I watched the celebration, I became aware of the emotional high that accompanies such a mountaintop achievement. Most of us don’t get to actually experience the emotional heights that these players experience. We watch. We live vicariously as fans. But we are not the ones doing it…and so we cannot enter their domain of what it feels like to reach this kind of achievement.
Or, can we?
I began wondering how we the people who do not play professional sports and win a world championship can access the emotional domain and uniqueness of feeling that must accompany this type of winning. Watching as a fan brings us closer. Going to the actual game brings us even closer. Sitting courtside brings us even closer. But it is still not the same as participating on the floor as a player. Perhaps it is enough to do those things, but I wondered if there was an equivalent scenario for the rest of us, even if it is not basketball.
I remember the feeling I got when I went through the audition process to land my first Broadway show, or television role as an actor. It was an amazing feeling. I also remember my losses, and there were a couple of times I got to know that it was between me and one other performer, and I didn’t get chosen. So, the agony of “defeat” I know also. But the bliss of victory that I witnessed inspired me to contemplate how we can access this kind of joy.
When we get better as people, when we become stronger in our spiritual life, when we become someone we have not been before, may be a way of accessing the energy of milestone achievement. What I am talking about here is the kind of victory that is evidenced by a change within you that wasn’t there before, which allows you to act and be in the world in a way you were not heretofore. For instance:
* When you have a conversation with someone that would have turned ugly and emotional last year… and you know it… but now you have not a stitch of that reflex emotion to escalate it – that is a milestone victory!
* When what would have been a heated argument lasting an hour but now only lasts minutes because you can just let the other person “win”… you have just won a Lifetime Achievement Award.
* When you are able to watch someone succeed in the same field as you and be genuinely happy for them, believing that your life is being guided perfectly, and so there is no hint of jealously or envy… you have just won a World Championship.
We all have NBA talent!…. Yes, I actually said that. We all have NBA skill…but what we must do is BELIEVE it, and commit to using it. Power is spelled COMMITMENT.
What is our NBA skill?
It is our (N)atural (B)orn (A)bility
We have all been gifted with a Natural Born Ability to achieve our potential. It is within us. The athletes we watch reach the pinnacle of sports success are only mirroring an aspect of what is inside each of us – the ability to achieve our own victories and titles… and even trophies! They make take a different form, but the “net” effect is the same. And that is… experiencing a happiness, joy and jubilation that is about as blissful as one can achieve while alive.
In the Christian wisdom scriptures… (otherwise known as the Bible)… the Gifts of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are not simple to achieve, but are major victories in human development. Being kind to those who hurt you, and not taking offense even when an insult is intended… is a victory far greater than a sports world championship. So much of the every day violence in life is from reacting aggressively to such petty offenses as this.
The Course in Miracles states that what we think someone has done to us… they did not do. Jesus, even while dying, forgave his killers, knowing they were innocent because they didn’t understand what they were doing.
Love does not hold grudges. It has its own agenda and it has nothing to do with our ego and everything to do with the other person.
Lastly, Lebron James was awarded the Most Valuable Player award in the team’s victory. He was asked how he felt about the people who are still holding grudges against him for leaving Cleveland. He simply, but powerfully stated that he was from inner city Cleveland, and that to make it to the NBA, seeing that number 6 on his jersey… that where he came from he wasn’t even suppose to be here… So… he has no worries.
No worries? WOW..!
Now, that is the true world championship. And it is one pursuit we can all participate in as players.
Wishing you Power In Your Life NOW!