A post by Anthony Hawke, from our friends over at OTBAG
If I scourge through the English vocabulary, I find that the single syllable words are the ones which convey the most, and in the most effective manner as well. Allow me to explain my statement with a few examples. (The words I want you to focus on, I’ve typed in all capitals).
HATE: It is the single most, strongest negative word in the English vocabulary. We’ve all used this word in our lives, multiple times, to convey our discontent or dislike towards someone or something. What we need to understand is how much negativity is carried on with this small word. And because it carries with itself such a huge burden of negativity, we must use this word cautiously. We should understand the difference between hate and dislike or being discontent or whether we disagree with something or someone. But even within this word, there is positivity. (You’ll know what I mean, just read on. It’s at the end.)
LOVE: It is the exact opposite. It is the one word everyone wants to hear from someone they love too. It is everything that Hate is not. Exact opposites. There is so much positivity in this ONE word. It carries on itself the positivity that most other words, even the word “positivity” cannot. And hence, one should be wary about using this word too, rather than give false pretence or to avoid misinterpretations from taking place. Hence, there is a milder substitute – LIKE. We always HOPE that our feelings are reciprocated, don’t we? 🙂
Which brings me to my final word – HOPE.
HOPE: I am not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but it is by far the most motivational, inspirational word that the English language can ever come up with. It is the ONE thing that makes you want to go on and on and on, even longer than a Duracell battery can promise; because with hope you remain positive, you smile, you inspire, you don’t give in, you don’t give up, when everything is stacked up against you, you spit on defeat’s face and you get up, once more, time and again because you hope, because you believe, because you want to achieve what everyone thinks you cannot, what everyone wants you to resign to believe in, that you cannot; why everyone wants you to fail in your attempt because either they could not do it too or because they want to be the only ones who ever achieved it. You brush aside people’s ill wishes and ill prayers and when you are convinced in your goal, when you have complete FAITH in your goal, you can look into your conscience and say whole heartedly with a gentle smile on your face that “Yes, I’ve given it everything I’ve got.” Eventually, there is salvation. Eventually, there is reward. But with hope, an important factor is PATIENCE. You need to stay CALM.
And that is exactly what we experience with this team – HATE. LOVE. HOPE. PATIENCE. FAITH. CALM. This team, this club, is a perfect mixture of all of these qualities. We HATE to lose, We LOVE it when we win, We HOPE that we can continue, that our players can continue their golden streak and that we keep winning (we’ve done it once, we can surely do it again yeah?), we are taught PATIENCE for that one moment of brilliance and magic right up to the last minute of the game, we learn to keep FAITH that we will hold on to our slender leads towards the dying moments of the game, we learn CALM and COMPOSURE from our players when it matters the most (probably not always but more often than not surely, yeah?).