Monday, December 11, 2006
A Reminder to Myself and Anyone Who's Listening
Re: The Saints
If we just sit back and grin and enjoy this, then the Saints' success amounts only to bread and circuses--a distraction from critical aspects of our lives as a community, a distraction that only helps those who want us to go away.
But there is a better way:
We still grin and enjoy this season every day, and we use the energy, goodwill, and Dome-caused ringing ears and hoarse voices to lift us up all week long. We use Coach Payton's gritty preparation, Drew Brees's resilient excellence, Deuce's calm demeanor, Colston's smooth ways, Fujita's toughness, Reggie's sheer brilliance--we use all of that to energize and inspire us in our work toward the tasks at hand: personal excellence in our professions, learned discussion and action on rebuilding our wetlands, vigorous work toward using our own bad experience of Katrina and the levee failures to change our region and the rest of the world into a more sustainable culture and economy.
Is that too much to ask?
That doesn't mean we ever stop the knowing grin that comes from embarrassing America's Team in front of everybody.