Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
A Different Perspective
Some people are just plain crazy. How else do you explain Canadian Football League fans sitting outside for hours in minus 20C weather, watching grown men in tights and shoulder pads chase after a piece of leather?
I would never say those words to Gary, though. Gary is a die-hard Stampeders fan. Has a sticker of the team logo on his car window. And on his sweater. And ball cap. Gary is a true fan.
His head hung low today- the day after his team got knocked out of the Division championship by the same team that took them out last year. Sadness filled his eyes.
They say it’s good to talk about your feelings. So, I asked him how he was. Disappointed. Very disappointed.
They also say it’s good to get your mind off things. So, I asked him what else he did on the weekend, besides watch football.
He told me he watched his 10 year old daughter play hockey. She had tried her hardest, but her team lost.
And then Gary said something I never would have expected him to say. He told me that if he had the power to change the outcome of just one of those two games, he would rather have his daughter win her girls’ league regular season game than have his professional league team win the Divisional championship to go on to the coveted Cup.
And with that comment, he showed me a different perspective:
Sometimes the outcome of one child’s game is more important than the game watched by tens of thousands.
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Cheering en masse, the crowds roar and rumble to the pace of the game. One minute everyone is on their feet, screaming and whooping it up. The next, a low jeer of disapproval fills the stands.
Up and down goes the rhythm, punctuated by the occasional orderless murmuring between periods.
There are those who feel they must stand out from the crowd, creating their own chants, shouts, and gutteral sounds. Have to be an individual, let everyone know how they see things.
Be an individual if you must, but do it from the other side of the stands, not behind my head!
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