There is a lot of excitement in the air! It is the grand-finals weekend, long weekend and people feel like partying hard. How can football be so powerful that it manages to change our attitude towards life? Even though it is only temporary change, it`s huge. Where is our usual grumpiness, tiredness, complaining, winging etc.? Instead there is excitement, hope, solidarity, energy, feeling of being connected with others. Why? Some may say: `That`s footy for you mate!`. Others don`t ask silly questions and enjoy it while it lasts.
But I may ask again - why?
I think there are three things we could take away from footy and this weekend to improve our wellbeing. The first thing or quality is simplicity. Football, whatever football, is a simple sport. You want your team to score and win. The second quality is hope. However badly your team plays, you always hope that it will improve. And the third quality is the feeling of solidarity with other fans, the feeling of connection to others.
So while you are partying this weekend, remember to live simply, always hope for the best and acknowledge that we are connected to other people more than we think - we all want to be happy and avoid suffering.
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