Guys, I'm not going to lie, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel that is basketball season and I'm staggering towards it. Like Stevie said in an earlier blog post, our brains are pretty fried and full of highlights at this point in early November. I'll add that my brain is pretty fried on emails and questions too. I'm told those are the joys of being in charge. So in conclusion, I'll wrap up this futile attempt at clever writing and let one of our 2014-15 basketball intros do all of the talking:


I am not a superstitious person. I don't believe in the supernatural. Things like ghost and demons are figments of the imagination. I don't believe that unseen malevolent forces are at work in the world. However, when it comes to computers, especially the one I work on here at work, I am convinced it is possessed. By what? I don't know. Maybe some sort of evil computer gremlin? I don't know. But whatever it is, it does things to my computer that have me questioning not only my computer using skills but my sanity as well...

You see, it all started a few months ago, on the previous computer I was using. At first it was little things like brushes not loading in Photoshop and random key commands not working in Illustrator. Then it slowly progressed to fonts that I had used on pervious projects not being loaded or found on the system and programs not working or responding  altogether. It eventually got to the point that I was talked into switching computers. I figured this would fix the problem. After all the computer I was using was the oldest one in the office. So it must be the computer. Right? Wrong. 

Once I switched computers and the newest operating system was installed it started all over again. Fonts that I knew full well to be installed would not show up in any program I tried to use. Special key commands that I'd saved in the preferences folder would not work and programs refused to open unless I completely restarted to computer. Sometimes my export settings even change at seemingly random times. I've even asked if the intern using my old computer has had any of the same problems I had. Haha! Nope. 

We've had our computer guy come by countless times to check it out and each time he messes with it for a while, deems it ok and for a while everything seems to work. But inevitability it all starts back up again. I've tried searching forums looking for help. Every now and then I will find someone who has had a similar experience. Sometimes their suggestions work, sometimes they don't.

At this point I have resigned myself to the fact that this is just how it is. There's nothing that can be done and I will just have to learn to deal with it. Sometimes I flip out and have to restrain myself from putting my fist through the monitor. But I don't because I know this is what it wants. It wants me to fight back. It wants me to attack it. It wants me to lose my cool so it can make a fool of me. But I'm not going to let it!  I'm on to its game. I know what it's trying to do. But you see computer, I'm a man. A HUMAN BEING! I can't be out smarted my a machine! You hear me computer! I'm a HUMAN BEING! You work for me! You do what I want! If I tell you to outline that stroke, you do it! If I tell you to re-size that file, you do it! I'm the boss NOT YOU! Seriously!? Who do you think you are!? AHHHH!!!! You just wait computer! I'll have the last laugh! I'll have the last laugh!! HAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!

Seattle Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, encourages all his players to meditate daily. He has an understanding of awareness and creates a culture that encourages his players to find their best self, to explore who they are and to celebrate it.

In Mindful's December issue it states, "Rather than force players to conform to a rigid, alienating system, Carroll and his coaches focus their attention on cultivating the special qualities of each player, then helping to incorporate them into the team." This isn't a philosophy many people believe in when it comes to being a part of the team. But after reading how John Wooden developed his coaching philosophy, it was time for Carroll to craft his own. 

Always competing became the central theme for Carroll, however, it's not about beating others, it's about pushing yourself to be your best. "Opponents just happen to play a critical role in that process."

Michael Gervais on the Seattle Seahawks from Mindful Direct on Vimeo.

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