Wordy Wednesday

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Differences. The difference between you and I. The difference between me today and me tomorrow. Things change all the time and that impacts how we look at things in our lives and in the world around us.

the differences is what makes this world exciting I believe.

Robin Williams did a routine years ago where he is an old man, talking to his grandson on the front porch of his home. he is telling the child about how differences are good and he ends by saying (paraphrasing here) 'you have to keep that little spark of madness, because if you lose that....nothing'

I actually found a short clip of that skit...it is only 25 seconds...

If you look, where I ask for comments, it says "6 of your sparks"...that is where that comes from, the sparks of madness...because I believe that you must cultivate those sparks you are given. They are what makes us different and makes us more fun to hang around.

If we were all the same, then this would be one boring ass world.

Monday, Travis talked about seeing a hurt Jay Cutler on the sidelines after he left the game. I saw something different - a guy who didn't seem to care. Differences...and we were able to discuss our sides in a calm manner.

That has not always happened around here or other places in my life. Confrontation seems to be the goal for some people and after a time, I can no longer be around those who only care about confrontation, not the issues and discussing them.

Our political system has degraded into this recently and it is scary that it is allowed to flourish with new television networks being born out of the vitriol.

Have a different opinion from the person on 'the other side of the aisle'...PLEASE have a difference...but learn to express that difference without degrading your opposition.

We have seen what happens when those with the ability to be heard continually disparage and degrade their opposition.

How about we see what happens when we treat our opposition with CLASS - DIGNITY - RESPECT

I always stressed those words to Matt as he grew up. I taught them to the different sports teams I coached. Telling them if they did not use CLASS - DIGNITY - RESPECT in regards to their opponent that they would not get playing time and when they were on the receiving end of vitriol and nasty comments from the other team it was even more important to respond with CLASS - DIGNITY - RESPECT and show them that it is better to lose AND win with those three virtues...

When we went on the cruise this past Thanksgiving, Matt called early and told me he had 'gotten inked'. Something he had talked about since he was 18. Some of his ideas caused me to cringe. I always said 'do what you want, but remember it is for ever, so it better mean something'.

Well, this is the ink he had done...I was quite literally honored, that my words had resonated over the years....

14 Of Your Sparks

  1. LAC Says:
  2. Well done, Dad. He was listening! :)

  3. Coco Says:
  4. I often advise my students who want tattoos to wait until they find something that they can be proud of and will be meaningful to them in 25 years. This is one of those, Vinny. That is an amazing tat and speaks to the job you've done as a parent, as well as the strength of Matt's character. He is a treasure!

  5. Jay Says:
  6. Excellent tat!

  7. I must say, I am impressed.

  8. LISA: At least part of the time! LOL

    COCO: That he is my friend..as is your B-Man

    JAY: I thought so

    PHFRANKIE: I was too and that surprised me

  9. Travis Cody Says:
  10. Well done Sir.

    I can think of a lot of people that need to step back off the ledge and start practicing the meaning of those three words.

  11. Thanks Travis and I so certainly agree...

  12. That is a fine young man you raised there, Vinny. A fine young man.

    You think he might want to wait for a certain classy, dignified, and respectful nearly-15-year-old girl to grow up and finish college? ;)

  13. SONGBIRD: 9 years? I don't mind him waiting! LOL

  14. Mimi Lenox Says:
  15. Awwww.....that is certainly a tribute to his father. You raised him well.

  16. Unknown Says:
  17. Very well said, sir. You taught your son well.

  18. Ken Says:
  19. Very, very, very classy tat....you "should" be very proud.

  20. DrillerAA09 Says:
  21. I find in interesting that, often times, the first one to decree their opponent to be "intolerant", simply based on a difference of opinion is actually the intolerant one. Just sayin'.

  22. Tug Says:
  23. Very well said Vinny, and that tat? Brought tears. You should be very proud, as I know you are.


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