It’s easy to believe after the victory.
When you win, you suddenly have more suitors. When you finish first you quickly have more friends. Everyone’s a fan when you’re riding high. Everyone wants a taste of the top…
But who believed from the bottom? Who stayed loyal through the lows? Who lifted you through your losses and defended you through your defeats? How many people embraced your vision, and encouraged your dreams?
Those people… that family… the crazy few… those are the people you always take with you. Those are the people you never forget.
Family begins with blood, but builds with love.
And trust. And turmoil. And tears. And shared values. Shared passion and compassion. Shared purpose…
It’s amazing how synchronized our souls become when we work together to create the same dream, while becoming our best selves in the process.
When strangers become colleagues, and colleagues become teammates, and teammates become brothers.
And you lift and push and punch and pull each other along the way. The memories made and the moments created are priceless. And the shared understanding lasts a lifetime. It’s a beautiful thing.
It’s a lifestyle, not a destination…
Two weeks ago we decided to come down to Houston and help. The impact of Hurricane Harvey hit home. We knew our help would be small. But we believed that little things can make a big difference in times of need. An unexpected lift. A helping hand. A comforting conversation.
People came together. Strangers became saviors. Distant neighbors became lifelong friends. A city rich in contrasting colors spilled into the streets with total disregard for tints or pigments. A Muslim boy gave blankets to a Catholic woman. A white cop helped a black family onto his boat. A liberal pulled sheetrock out of a conservative’s walls. No one asked for documentation or green cards.
We learned a lot, but remembered even more. Core values and shared beliefs that were somehow lost or buried or forgotten, all washed up on our doorstep. People became people again. And we waded in our sameness. Our tears flowed in the same direction. Our smiles were the same shape. And, when life was flooded, we all reached for the same thing: each other.
Boats were sent for animals and loved ones. Family heirlooms and wedding albums were pulled out of windows. Silent memoirs were plucked from soaking shelves. Cars and clothes and TVs and toys and fine china and pricey furniture were left to float on their own. In the moments where life mattered most, we all remembered what really mattered.
With as much damage and destruction that our city and state endured the past 9 days, I hope a little of what was in that rain remains. I hope it soaked into all of us – just enough to move forward without forgetting what it left behind. And, when the streets are dry, and homes are rebuilt, and strangers become strangers again, I hope we remember what was in that Water.
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Why do you love me from a distance?
What is it about me that you’re scared to see?
Hidden in layers of leased resistance.
Hiding in temporary states of free.
I think I get it now.
I think I understand why it happened this way.
Why I fell so hard down that hidden hole that it seemed like I was sinking into a cement sandbox. And every step was a collision between the angry earth and my stubborn soul. And every breath was a force of fucking nature. And every thought was a weapon of self-destruction.