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We're 7-2-1!

My soccer team returned to winning form with a 5-0 victory last night. After two straight losses, it felt awfully good to be winners once again.

I was sure before the game started that we were going to win. There was an energy around the team that just felt right. Everyone showed up not only on time, but early, so we had plenty of time to stretch, practice, and talk about what we wanted to do. It made me even more sure that had the team all shown up on time for our last game, we would have won that one, too.

I've been meaning to write for a while now about why I enjoy soccer so much. As I told a friend last night, it's like meditation for me. When I'm on the field, I'm not thinking about anything except the game -- I'm totally in the moment. I'm not thinking about work, relationships, money, or anything except what's happening in the game. When it comes to real meditation, I have yet to reach the point where I can focus like that... but a soccer game takes me there instantly.

If we win our final game of the season tomorrow, we'll finish 8-2-1 -- a respectable record, but we won't know for a while whether we ended up first in our league.


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