Monday, July 14, 2008

From chaos comes cliche?

July 14, 2008 - Life is not just a parade of events ending with a funeral march. Nike said it best - Life is sport. You should bring your A-Game, give 110%, there is no question about it. Life is a game of inches (isn't everything?). So... if life is sport, and sports are full of clichés, is life a series of clichés?

Think about it. We use them in everyday conversations. We use them in our writing, our work... and certainly in our play. In life - things are give and take - a real see-saw game... a barn burner. When you are ahead in life... you can't afford to get lackadaisical, you've answered the call, you are off to the races. When you fall behind... you lack consistency, have to generate a bit of offense, you are back on your heels, are going to have to make some adjustments, need to get back on track. Seriously... these clichés are everywhere. And today is the start of Sports Clichés Week. Though you may not use many personally this week, I can bet you will be paying attention to them and wondering if there was always so many being pitched out in conversation. They can pass for advice, jokes, filler for lulls. Clichés are everywhere. It's pandemonium out there.

And in fact, it is Pandemonium Day. Yup, everywhere you look, it is sheer bedlam. Your calendar is too full for the number of hours in a day. You can't get enough time to organize your day - a vicious cycle that creates its own chaos. But from chaos comes order. You can fight it, but the reality is, pandemonium can be embraced. Just relax, sit back and though you may have bitten off more than you can chew, spit some out, and plug on. It all settles down eventually. Like dust settling from the storm, there will be a bit of breathing space eventually. After the chaos of today, tomorrow will be a whole new ballgame.

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