Tell Me Something Good #54

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Let’s do this. Let’s kick off this week with a positive thought. By sharing something good, something that made you happy or you are looking forward to .

It’s easy:

  • Mention something that you consider being good in the comments
  • Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.
  • Share this post and invite your followers as well.

Before I share my good thing today I’d like to have a little giggle with you all. Nothing better than giggling, right. So let’s have a giggle.

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A happy giggle. And another giggle. Just giggle. Everybody does it. And it’s actually contagious. So let’s make as many people as possible giggle.

“I had actually a lot of giggles this weekend, enjoying our soccer kick off picnic of my daughter’s team and all parents. It’s a great group of parents, everyone on the same page, everyone getting along and we usually have heaps of fun when we get together. The girls are not only a great soccer team but they have become great friends over the last 4 years and what I love is to see how they welcome new additions to the team. Everyone has a very special role in the team and it’s fun to see how the roles have developed over the years. I often wonder where they all will go from here. And if they will remain friends for a lifetime. But hey, that’s all in the future. For now I enjoy the good vibe we have and I’m looking forward seeing them in action again soon.”


Guest Post: Sandra of Momma’s View, on Dad Coaches

Seems like today is all about reblogging. This is a reblog of a guest post I was invited to write for nobody less than Coach Daddy, a blogger I can only highly recommend reading.

I was wondering: Have you ever coached a youth team in any sport? What is your experience?

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It’s cool to find your tribe.

GAD GRAPHICEven if you just hear about them. I recently wrote 11 questions for a youth soccer coach. Quietly, I don’t officially have a team for this fall. It’s the first time since Swedish tennis player Anna Holmstrom finished fourth in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.

So, it’s been a while.

I wrote the questions for the next generation of youth soccer coaches. Dudes with accents and pointy hair and fantastic calves tend to infiltrate the sidelines of those of us out of Generation X, we of graying roofs and middle-age spread.

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Standing Up For What You Think Is Right

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Today I stumbled across an article posted on Facebook that touched me on many levels. Not only is the story touching and inspiring (I highly recommend you head over and read it) but it also shows how society worked and how fragile we are. On top of that it highlights once again that pictures can be deceiving.

When I looked at the picture for the first time I really saw the two black men with their fists in black gloves and raised while the white guy is standing there, glancing at something. I agree for me as well he seemed not interested, maybe even annoyed about what was going on behind him.

And then I read the story.

And I learned.

I learned about Peter Norman, an Australian athlete, whom this exact moment of glory would cost his career and much more in the aftermath. A man who stood up for what he thought was right although he knew it would cause him issues. A man I would label as incredibly inspirational.

I did not know about him nor how strict the apartheid laws in Australia were at this time. Now I know.

Peter Norman stood up for his two colleagues, he did it in his way which obviously was already too much for his home country. He got stripped off all his glory on return home and banned from competing for his country although he performed well enough to qualify. What he did that day cost him job opportunities as well. He never received an official apology from the government while still alive.

Back in the change-resisting, whitewashed Australia he was treated like an outsider, his family outcast, and work impossible to find. For a time he worked as a gym teacher, continuing to struggle against inequalities as a trade unionist and occasionally working in a butcher shop. An injury caused Norman to contract gangrene which led to issues with depression and alcoholism.

As John Carlos said, “If we were getting beat up, Peter was facing an entire country and suffering alone.” For years Norman had only one chance to save himself: he was invited to condemn his co-athletes, John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s gesture in exchange for a pardon from the system that ostracized him.

A pardon that would have allowed him to find a stable job through the Australian Olympic Committee and be part of the organization of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Norman never gave in and never condemned the choice of the two Americans.

No pardon, no apology from a government until the Sydney Olympics in 2000!

I remember how excited everyone was for the Olympic Games to be held in Sydney back in 2000. I also remember the discussions about the way the native Australian people were treated and how much apparently changed after the Olympics. It seemed like this country had to officially clean up its act. The question is what was really done and what was just “make-up”. But that’s probably material for an entirely different post…

It took the Australian government another 12 years until they finally formally apologized to Norman’s family. Too late for the athlete who passed away in 2006. Mindboggling…

When we moved to Australia we thought it’s a forward moving country. We thought it’s open and human rights are above everything. Obviously it was not the case (yet).

While preparing for our citizenship test a couple of months ago there was that one sentence we read over and over again:

Australians believe in peace, respect, freedom and
equality. An important part of being Australian is
respecting other people’s differences and choices,
even if you don’t agree with those choices. It is about
treating people fairly and giving all Australians equal
opportunities and freedoms, no matter where they
come from, what their traditions are, or whether they
are male or female.

I was trying to find out when the booklet “Australian Citizenship – Our Common Bond” was published for the first time. The earliest I was able to find was 2007… It took the government another 5 year to apologize after publishing an official document in which it was stated that Australia respects other people differences and choices.

I’ve definitely learned a lot today.

Pictures can be deceiving. Words can be equally. So maybe we should try to take a look behind them before we judge and see the real story to it.

Sport Moms

I just had a realization… I’m all of them! And if I’m not one of the listed ones I at least know someone who is.

I’m a dance mom, a soccer mom, a martial arts mom and I kind of cover a couple of the moms on the list which was recently posted on Scary Mommy. Here’s the list and then please let me explain…

  1. Long lens mom
  2. Howler mom
  3. Confused mom
  4. Bag O’everything mom
  5. Dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t mom
  6. Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde mom
  7. Never there mom
  8. Pinterest mom
  9. Control freak mom
  10. Beauty pageant mom

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Hard Work

  We often only see the shiny side of the medal. The hard work that was put into the path to success stays hidden or simply gets ignored by us.

Nobody breaks a record out of the blue. Nobody succeeds right away. There is a lot of sweat, hard work, falling on your knees and getting back up involved. 

A piece of art has to be shaped and there’s no difference to success. The true champions are the ones that keep getting up. The ones that take another punch. The ones that try again. Over and over and over again. 

Why I Succeed

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan


Corruption And Sports

When we think corruption we think politics. But corruption in sports is probably as big as it is in politics. Sports is nothing else than politics. There are still so many thoughts going through my mind after the recent arrests in Switzerland of highly ranked FIFA members. Again sports and corruption were mentioned in one sentence in the news. Nothing new though…

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FIFA In Trouble! So?

As a big sports fan and Swiss I follow what happens in Switzerland at the moment re FIFA. Now this will be a very short post as I just have a couple of questions:

Who is really surprised?

Do you really think it’s just FIFA?

How about the IOC?

Let’s face it: certain people want certain events in their country. Those people have money. A lot of money will eventually buy everything. I guess we’ve seen it re Olymic “Winter” Games in Sotchi. A football World Cup in Katar? Only money can buy that one. 

I guess that’s how it works…