I’m ready to hit reset.
I’m looking for a plan. Some way I can definitively see when to do what and how much of it to do and how to do it and how to quit. I want to do 7,329 things and might only have room for 7,320.
What goes? What stays? A lot of what I want to do has to do with gratitude.
I want to not only visit blogs for those who comment on mine right away, but I also want to check out blogs for those who write compelling comments on other blogs (that’s how I found many of you, incidentally.)
I have a loaded folder on my bookmarks called “READ!” I average about four of these each day, but I add probably five or more. You do the math. It takes a while to get back around, but I promise, when I do, I will try and make it count.
So many of you are so good about visiting, and sharing. I appreciate that more than you’ll ever know, but hopefully, I can show you some of that, too.
Ever read Inion N. Mathiar?
Their blog authors leave the most gracious comments ever. They included me on a blog about a literary challenge, to list your favorite books, then pass on the assignment to other bloggers.
I never do these, not because I don’t appreciate the consideration, but because the days and the topic often don’t jive with the typical Coach Daddy fodder.
I’m doing it this time, though, although I’ll change the rules a bit.
- I will limit my book selection to three
- I will not nominate other writers to do their own lists.
I will, however, ask you, my beloved readers, to share one of your go-to favorite books. I’d like to know what props you up as a reader and a writer, because we all know you can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader.
Speaking of which … your blog’s in my folder. Can’t wait to get to you.
1. Call of the Wild
This was the first chapter book I ever read. I still have the Scholastic book order version I first read, with my named scribbled in it. It’s now Elise’s, although I’m not sure she’s read it. This was probably my first exposure to a strong character, Buck, who had to adjust to brutal conditions not of his making.
I also remember the ideas of love and redemption through the trials. Buck, the main character, and, yes, a dog, probably set the tone for what I felt a hero should be.
2. They Call Me Coach
Above all others, John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, encapsulated what I want to be in a coach. He was a teacher, a mentor, a role model. His lessons of winning extend way beyond sport. His focus on fundamentals and the power within each player influence me in every game and practice.
Some of Wooden’s maxims resonate with me in life, too. Here are some of my favorites:
I will get ready, and then, perhaps, my time will come.
Make sure the team knows they are working with you, not for you.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
Forget favors given; remember those received.
Be fast but do not hurry.
And my favorite:
Consider the rights of others before your own feelings and the feelings of others before your own rights.
3. Sun Also Rises
I first read this book the summer after high school graduation.
I read it every few years, and it means something different to me every time. It at first taught me about finding tranquility among the frenzy of life, but also to live in the moment, either frenzied or tranquil.
Hemingway delivers it in his hard-boiled style that I hope to emulate until all my literary frivolity gets in the way. It’s like too much barbecue sauce on your wings – you don’t know you have too much until it’s already on both sleeves and all over your pants. Each time I read it, I identify in some degree with each of the characters, from Jake Barnes to Robert Cohn, even Romero.
Anyway, the book … every time I read it, I understand better that life plays out among its characters.
Maybe it’s time to read it again … in between posts and comments, of course. Have to make it count!
What is your go-to book?