When Allen Ginsberg traveled in India in the early 1960s, he met a guru holy man who offered him a pearl of wisdom: ‘If something good happens, don’t cling to it. If something bad happens, don’t cling to it.’
Such advice serves well the sports enthusiast. To avoid emotional devastation, fits of rage, and the bitter taste of disappointment, a sports fan must cherish as a gift the joy that comes with victory but must also abandon as unworthy of honor the hurt of defeat. In other words, embrace joy but don’t cling to disappointment.
Game 7. Celtics 79. Lakers 83.
And this morning? Birds singing sweetly at 4:30 a.m., the soft sun rising into a clear sky and bathing the verdant landscape with life force. AH. Onward. With peace, humility, and enthusiasm.