Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Week 7 Post B

As I was reading Quiet Strength this quote really stood out to me; “I thought about a year earlier, at 12-0, when Jamie asked if he could be with me on the field at the Super Bowl. The sharp pain of his death struck again, but I forced myself to return to the moment. I tell guys to hang on to memories but to live in the moment because we never know what will happen down the road” (Pg 286). This quote really stood out to me because Tony Dungy is saying that it is okay to remember, and cherish memories. But there is a point where you need to put them aside because you can’t always live in the past you need to live in the future. I know when Dungy lost his son it was one of the toughest times in his life, and I really respected how he dealt with it. He was sad for the loss which is I’m sure was very hard, but at the same time he wasn’t depressed about it. In that quote I believe Tony is saying that you need to love everybody as much as possible because you never know when they will leave or when an accident may occur. I once lost a grandmother that I was very close to, and it was the toughest time of my life. I was in sixth grade so I didn’t know quite how to deal with it. I went through some sad times, but then I just started to cherish the good memories that me and my grandma shared.

Week 7 Post A

1.)Picturesque-Visually charming or quaint, as if resembling or suitable for a painting: a picturesque fishing village (pg 278).

2.)Apropos- Fitting; at the right time; to the purpose; opportunely (pg 281).

One emerging theme in the book I am reading Quiet Strength is that hope is available to all of us.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Week 6 Post B

As I was reading my book Quiet Strength this quote really stood out to me; from Jeremiah 29:11: “for I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Pg 228). When I read this quote it really related to me as an athlete. As an athlete I am always working so hard for my goal in life, which is to play college hockey for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. I know that God has a plan for me, but I can’t resist thinking about what that is going to be. This quote shared with me that no matter what God has a plan for you that will be good. Also that he wants to give you a future, and a hope to achieve your goal. I also can relate to this quote because as an athlete you always deal with disappointments whether it’s being cut from a team or having a bad game, and this quote helps you deal with those disappointments because you know that God has a plan for you. I really respect what Tony Dungy says because I know he was a good football player that dealt with many disappointments, and I respect what he says very much.

Week 6 Post A

1.) Pacified-To bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquillity; quiet; calm: to pacify an angry man (Pg 218).

2.) Volatile-Evaporating rapidly; passing off readily in the form of vapor: Acetone is a volatile solvent (Pg 220).

One emerging theme in the book I am reading Quiet Strength is that "it's what is in our hearts that matters, even if our words say otherwise" (Pg 218).

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Week 5 Post B

As I was reading Quiet Strength something really stood out to me. Tony Dungy’s football team was just about to play there first game after the September eleven attacks, and this is what Tony says. “It had been a while since I had given much thought to the significance of singing the national anthem before a game, since it happened so routinely every week. I was usually more interested in who was performing it. But this game, I was focused on the anthem itself-the words, the music, the meaning-as much as the game. I was focused on our team standing out there, ready to go back to work in honor of our country” (Pg 190). This really stood out to me when I was reading this because it is so true. People so often take for granted those who have died for us, and fought for our freedom. At sporting events people are asked to standup and to please remove their hats as the national anthem is sang. People don’t standup sometimes, and don’t bother to remove their hats. I believe that is ridiculous, and Tony also says that he is usually more worried about who is singing the national anthem than the significance of the words. I believe everyone is guilty of that. What bothers me most especially at school is people are to lazy to standup for the pledge of allegiance. If you don’t like some of words in the pledge of allegiance that are so often debated then get out of our country.

Week 5 Post A

1.) Gregarious- Fond of the company of others; sociable (Pg 178).

2.) Belligerent- Warlike; given to waging war (Pg 201).

One emerging theme in the book I am reading Quiet Strength is the belief of Tony Dungy that God is in control of everything.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Week 4 Post A

1.) Ultracompetitive: Very competitive in everything you do (pg 143).

2.) Steward:A person who manages another's property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.

One emerging them of the book would be that when something might hurt you in the short run, you will be better off by sticking with it then just simply giving up.