Moving you forward one step at a time


Who dare give that straightforward feedback of what might be happening in ‘our sport’? Before even going further a few moments to acknowledge all our regional athletes who have done us proud. However we know instinctively by its very title that cricket, ‘West Indian Cricket’ holds great meaning for the Caribbean. Yes, so who dare give that straightforward feedback? The avid cricket fan of course who has been following West Indian Cricket for eons now, who keeps with the game even with its highs and lows, close wins and misses. Who else? May be we reurn to that a bit later. But for now how about we go back to basics.

      Sport Meaning

After the recent 2019 two match win by the West Indies in their successful attempt at The Wisden Trophy, The Guardian noted, the English team feeling of being made to look like “Calypso Cricketers” To any, most ‘Caribbean Calypso peoples’ surely we would wonder at what exactly that could mean. But we did not have to wonder for long as The Guardian guided the way to understanding this phrase. The explanation was given that;    

There was a lazy way of looking at West Indies cricket in those days, and ‘Calypso Cricket’ was a big part of it.” It took Lloyd, Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall and the rest of that generation years to do it. “To show the world, that we were strong, intelligent professional people,” Lloyd writes, “to show the world that we were thinkers, that we had standards, that we could stay the distance, that in adversity we would not capitulate. That we could fight.”

Its clear from the explanation that generations ago the sport of circket in the region had a certain, almost tempted to say different, meaning for its players. Whatever the meaning it is often heard reflected in the comments of the stalwart cricket fans.

We did suggest going back to basics, and so we consider now the meaning of ‘sport’ literally. Sport is defined as active past-time. Generally when we refer to sport at this level its an active past-time that has established rules and guidelines and is played by those with a ceratin level of expertise. But alongside the first definition is also sport as a ‘fun loving person’ and sport as ‘light mockery’.

If we consider, Englands response to the two matches they lost in the Test match Series, would we in any way associate them with all three of the meanings or simply the first. Now let’s consider our cultural ethos, general approach to ‘our sport’ and surely few of us would debate that we easily satisfy all three with the latter, ‘light mockery’ sometimes coming from the transient, slow, irregular and at times in effective support given to or sportsmen.

      Rediscovering Meaning

Some have that love-‘whatever’ relationship with the game to safeguard from ongoing disappointment, so even with the high and hope of the Wisden Trophy win there is a tempered response. Some have simply turned to more ‘modern’ sports. And some again are in the trenches some players and the captain included, searching out that way forward. What a place to start put to agree on the meaning of the sport. Not wanting to be too morbid, about the current state of our sport in any way, but Psychaitrist Vicktor Fankl has highlighted in his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ that, “when we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”. Undeniably, there are structural and systemic regional factors that do impede the highest performance. But evenso, there is something called ‘mental coaching’ and sporting psychology that can go a long way to begin to bridge the gap and move us that much nearer to achieving the consistency that we all so desire.

So, to the players out there individually and collectively maybe a moment to ask, what does ‘our sport’ mean to you? And how is this working for or against consistent performance?

Who else dare give some feedback? Just Ma. SOOS. Ma Soos is committed to exposing or is it exploring the psychology behind ‘Some of Our Sports’ (SOOS). Look out next week as we continue to consider how we are making a sport of our sport.    

Marijuana, weed, ‘the herb’, kaya, cannabis however we wish to call it, has been around for ages. So what’s so new about this natural substance being used?

All marijuana is not created equally Some research has declared marijuana to have no link to psychotic behaviors. But the question is at what potency? Marijuana or cannabis is a drug that has a number of substances in it that interact with brain chemistry. In more recent times persons are harvesting strains of marijuana that is almost 10X MORE the potency of the strains of long ago.

Now with marijuana edibles, a person cannot really be sure about;

  1. the potency of the marijuana
  2. how other chemicals in the food would interact with the marijuana or cannabis to create a unique response in his/her biochemistry

All men are not created equally Based on our personality, genetics, family history and early life experiences, we all walk around with a special biological chemistry that makes us more prone to certain things. Over the years as early as the 1970s there has been the debate of cannabis or marijuana use provoking psychotic responses similar to schizophrenia in persons with a vulnerability. Others argue that it is the persons vulnerable to developing schizophrenia who gravitate to marijuana to self-medicate. Either way there is agreement that marijuana worsens the symptoms.

All stages of life are not created equally The brain continues to change in structure even up to late adolescence. So with the exposure of marijuana the adolescent is actually introducing a substance that overtime could permanently alter brain chemistry, and possibly so in more vulnerable persons in a way that provokes psychosis.

All of the marijuana is not created equally It has been shown that the extractions of the CBD oil have medicinal value. But right alongside it within the same marijuana is the TCH which along with other substances have been linked to the psycho behavior response in some persons

As we go through decriminalizing and legalizing cannabis or marijuana we are bound to take the bad and the ugly with the good. Any haste to overemphasize the good and shelf prudence or ignore the bad and the ugly going forward would undoubtedly leave societies with unprecedented social issues.

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Those of us who find job satisfaction and have a passion for what we do, how we spend most of our day, we might be in different fields/areas, but the main part of the story is the same, somehow the Universe kept pointing us in the direction of our passion, simple story of Discovering Chef Barry is another example of PASSION meeting PURPOSE;

Life Coaching can get us to discover our passion and purpose

Relationships can keep going for long periods of time even when all involved agree it’s not working, but eventually and sometimes at the weirdest times, it eventually breaks…breakups are tough especially around the holidays, but what is even tougher is if or when we don’t quickly find and deal with relationship “X” trails…

It’s those things we keep on doing that just makes it hard for any relationship to keep together…

Don’t let your “X” trail get away from you! Deal with it and move on.

A Pencil Maker pulled a pencil aside and told him before sending you into the World, here are 5 things to always remember;

  1. You have the ability to do great things but you would need guidance and mentors along the way
  2. You would experience tough periods where you are sharpened, endure it so you come out better
  3. You would make mistakes, mistakes can be dealt with
  4. You might look attractive or unattractive to people, but remember your most important part is on the inside
  5. You are being sent into the World to leave your mark

The pencil took note and was ready to go out into the World with purpose

*Tale adapted from ‘Parable of the Pencil’ ~ Author Unknown