Although ultimately excellence might be defined has having skills no one else has, I think most people are capable of doing amazing things as long as they possess the one skill of knowing when to do what needs to be done. No one on this team has any set of amazing skills, but in my opinion this is worth watching again and again. Each of these guys does exactly the right thing at exactly the right time. This isn’t about soccer, it’s a writing lesson. Think about it as we head into the year. What are the skills you possess as a writer? How do you know when to use them?
Of her teenage days without a home
the woman says, “But there were parts
I wished would last forever. The mountains
as the sun rose, watching from inside
a moving boxcar.”
For me, it was the water
in the marl spring, that bubbled
up out of the clay within dim
shadows of the cedars
too clear to see until we bent
our faces down to drink before
we headed back to camp
on one October night.
Most people if they’re lucky
see a landscape they remember
for the moment that it made the world
seem real, a place
that they would never want to leave.
The really lucky people, I believe,
are those who find a way to
see that landscape everywhere
in each new moment of their lives.