That date was such an appropriate time for his birth because the SuperBowl is always near or on his birthday. When the nurse first brought Kyle to me, and he was crying, clearly angry, I knew what I was in for. But with that fiery spirit of his came an equally powerful affection and loyalty. He is both protective and gentle. He shows his love in a unique and private way, and somehow that makes his love even more compelling.
I see so much of myself in Kyle. He is incredibly competitive and he demands absolute excellence of himself. He used to ask me all about my days in competitive tennis and whether I was the best, and did I win all my matches. It was as if he wanted to be absolutely clear on the standard that he would have to meet or, more likely, the standard that he would have to exceed.
Anyone that knows Kyle knows that his greatest passion is football. He knows everything there is to know about the game, strategy, NFL teams, college teams, which team won the Superbowl in what year, the players, their positions, who got drafted by what team and in what year, the records for most yards, most completed passes, most touchdowns, longest kick, you name it, he knew it. He used to make me play the Football Trivia Game with him, and he would have to answer questions from all of the different categories, but I would only have to answer the “Rookie” questions; otherwise, the game would be over in a matter of minutes. That boy has dreams of greatness and he is already well on his way. So now I want to share with you just a tiny piece of what made Kyle, Kyle. This one’s for you buddy.
The time is always right to do what is right,
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
-- Tom Landry
Ascension is the journey back home to God/Source.
The activities that lead us to the knowledge of ascension can be summed up in this short phrase, “the striving for excellence.” We express God/Source by trying to be the best we can at any given task in life. There are ascension-oriented people who are recognized as special humans, for example, Ghandi, Mother Theresa, Anwar Sadat, Socrates, Buckminster Fuller or Jimmy Carter to name a very few. We may not know about, say, someone who has worked their whole life to save a species or subspecies of a plant or animal. The people who adopt or foster children in order to protect and nurture them are not famous in our media. Millions of people with ascending orientations exist dedicated to excellence in life that are never famous. People may be excellent in any small activity of life, for example, being a kind and generous maintenance worker in an apartment building, or a skilled nurse, or a dedicated teacher. People striving for excellence in sports can be trying to learn of ascension. Musicians and artists expressing beauty through their music can be energizing their choice for ascension. The striving for, not necessarily the achieving of, excellence in at least one of life’s activities will eventually awaken in us our memory of God/Source, our memory of home.
Practicing excellence puts you in touch with your own divine nature. Being the best that you can be will always break down the barriers to the understanding and the knowledge of your own divinity.
-- From Choices In the Afterlife by Gretchen Vogel
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.
-- Vince Lombardi
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
-- Pat Riley
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