Aints No More! – The Affirmation Spot for Monday February 8, 2010

Underdogs rejoice! One of pro sport’s most hapless franchises the New Orleans Saints are Super Bowl Champions. Carrying the hopes of a plagued city on their backs, the Saints erased decades of futility and defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 Sunday.

Drew Brees connected on his final 10 passes and tied Tom Brady’s Super Bowl record for completions (32) in leading the Saints to victory. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning sealed his team’s fate with a late 4th quarter interception that was returned by Saints defensive back Tracy Porter for the decisive touchdown.

Many remember the 1980s when Saints fans wore paper sacks over their heads to games and called their own team the Aints. Sunday night Saints fans were partying on Bourbon Street in celebration the city’s first ever world championship.

This is the classic have-not reaching the top of the mountain story and it has a message for us all. No matter how low you’ve been. No matter how many times you’ve been knocked down or denied, as long as there is breath there is hope.

Five years ago the city of New Orleans was on its back. Tonight it’s on its collective feet. Have courage! Have strength! Know for certain that your tomorrow can be better than your today!

This victory is one for all of us who keep the faith! Always remember a challenge only becomes an obstacle when we bow to it. For true believers like the New Orleans Saints, the city of New Orleans, and I hope you obstacles are only shortcuts to something better than you had planned.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2010 Affirmation

2010 is MY year! This is the year I break free! This is the year I break through! This is the year I break out!

Super Bowl Affirmations – The Affirmation Spot for Sunday February 7, 2010

Hey, it’s Super Bowl Sunday! So, what else but some humorous Super Bowl Affirmations? Have fun and enjoy the game!

  1. Today I am giving myself completely to the hype that is the Super Bowl.
  2. Today I am remembering every Super Bowl commercial so that I am fully prepared for tomorrow’s office discussion about them.
  3. I can and I will say no the 7-layer dip on the third round!
  4. I am absolutely committed to sitting through 11 hours of pregame without taking a nap!
  5. I promise to tune in early to watch highlights of the first 43 Super Bowls. (Just want to double check my suspicion that Brett Farve actually started Super Bowl I for the Packers)
  6. Today I am ready and willing to root shamelessly for a team I could care less about the rest of the season as if they are my own team!
  7. I am experiencing new levels of excitement about the Super Bowl this year since the all-important Pro Bowl is out of the way!
  8. I am confident that I have taken all necessary precautions to prevent a repeat of last year’s Aunt Betty costume malfunction.
  9. Breathing in I accept that the Super Bowl is preempting 60 Minutes this week. Breathing out I know that it will be back next week.
  10. Today I am thinking young thoughts each time someone under 40 asks me if I have ever heard of the band playing at halftime.

Smile. Have fun. Colts fans and Saints fans enjoy the game and good luck to your team. To everyone else, enjoy the festivities.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2010 Affirmation

2010 is MY year! This is the year I break free! This is the year I break through! This is the year I break out!