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“Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.”
— Plato

This is part of a longer message that will be forthcoming but I wanted to send it to you boys before your game today.  I know you guys already use “trigger” words to center your minds in preparation for each competition.  Like every athlete, you begin the internal conversations within yourself before you enter the arena to either reinforce the confidence you have in your ability to perform as you expect, or to strengthen the resolve that you will rise above any challenge that presents itself so that you will prevail over your competition.

I just suggest when these conversations occur in this or any aspects of your life, have your thoughts be gentle and kind so that you reduce any conflicts with your mind and soul.  Let them speak in rhythm and in unison so that they communicate efficiently and productively so your body understands their general intent.  You will be able to see what is in front of you more clearly, feel that the moment is part of you, and in some way you have control of it rather than the other way around.

So keep these words in mind as you mentally prepare for what you will soon encounter.  “You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head, so be kind…”