Competition

“Life is not a competition. Life is about helping others and inspiring others so we can each reach our potential.” — Kim Chase

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Pablo Sandoval, Boston Red Sox; Fenway Park, Boston, April 16, 2017, Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2017

Champion

“Champions are not the ones who always win races — champions are the ones who get out there and try. And try harder the next time. And even harder the next time. ‘Champion’ is a state of mind. They are devoted. They compete to best themselves as much if not more than they compete to best others. Champions are not just athletes.” — Simon Sinek

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Champions All –  2017 Boston Marathon photo by Mary O’Connor © 2017

Street life

Lined up along the ledge,

above the streets and gutters

where they huddle together,

tucking their beaks

under blankets of dirty wings,

until nodding

and bobbing

their heads,

they take up the spin

of the world turning round—

and return to the spoils of the street,

eyes rimmed red.

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Street life — Poem and photo by Mary O’Connor; poem from Dreams of a Wingless Child, collection of verses by Mary O’Connor, Wheatmark, © 2007

 

In the pink

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.” — B.K.S. Lyengar

“Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude!” — Miley Cyrus

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Plain Pink! — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2017

Showy

“A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life if a full life.” — Rick Warren

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The bountiful Royal Pink Bougainvillea makes a showy, but highly popular ornamental. — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2017

Smothered

“Worrisome thoughts and their resulting feelings are a form of self-strangulation. They not only strangle your emotions. They affect your physical life as well, and your ability to focus and get things done.” — Andrew J. Bernstein

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“Smothered” — Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton, Florida. Photo by Jan Logozzo  © 2017