Liberal Arts Blog — Sports as a Metaphor for Daily Life

Liberal Arts Blog — Saturday is the Joy of Sports, Dance, Fitness, and All Things Physical Day

Today’s Topic — Observing, Thinking, Calming — Sports as a Metaphor for Daily Life

Sports is fast chess, a squash opponent once told me. And it’s true. Thinking ahead is a good idea. Getting better is all about paying attention to what you are actually doing rather than assuming you are actually doing what you are thinking you are doing. Yes. Also true. To think and to be observant requires to calm the urge to go for the kill prematurely. Patience is key and consistency is under-rated. Sports is a little metaphor for life. A daily challenge of self-knowledge and self-control. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

I FEEL LIKE I’M DANCING — finding the zone

1. It’s almost an out of the body experience.

2. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Muhammed Ali

3. Impossible to do if your opponent is just too good.

THE POST MATCH ANALYSIS

1. How did you do technically?

2. How did you do psychologically?

3. How did you do tactically?

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

1. Did you count the number of unforced errors?

2. Did you notice a pattern?

3. How can you fix it?

The metaphor: the daily re-cap. How many times did I say something nice to someone today? How many times did I offer a helping hand? how many times did I lose it? Why? What little adjustment could I make to do a better job next time?

YOUR TURN

Please share the coolest thing you learned this week related to sports, dance, fitness. Or the coolest thing you learned about Sports, Dance, of Fitness in your life — whether on the field, on the dance floor, or in the gym, whether from a coach, a parent, a friend, or just your own experimentation.

This is your chance to make someone else’s day. Or even change their life. It’s perhaps a chance to put into words something you have never articulated before. And to cement in your own memory something cool you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply than otherwise about something dear to your heart.

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John Muresianu

Passionate about education, thinking citizenship, art, and passing bits on of wisdom of a long lifetime.