“I have a real tricky time hearing folks who don’t believe in themselves.”Ted Lasso, Season 1: episode 3
If you haven’t watched Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ series that swept the 2021 Emmy Awards, you might want to give it a try. Ted is a folksy American football coach who’s hired to coach a professional English soccer team despite knowing very little about the sport. The show is well-written, warm-hearted, and exactly the dose of optimism, hope, and inspiration we need right now. Here’s a poem for today about believing in yourself. I think Ted would approve.
Variation on a Theme by Rilke
A certain day became a presence to me;
there it was, confronting me — a sky, air, light:
a being. And before it started to descend
from the height of noon, it leaned over
and struck my shoulder as if with
the flat of a sword, granting me
honor and a task. The day’s blow
rang out, metallic — or it was I, a bell awakened,
and what I heard was my whole self
saying and singing what it knew: I can.
Years ago, I carried this poem in my pocket while I ran a very cold and rainy marathon. I probably forgot it was with me during the race, but, looking back, I like to think it helped me get to the finish line.
- What helps you believe in yourself and push through tough times? Do you have a mantra or prayer you say, or a practice you follow?
- Is there a dream you have but self-doubt is keeping you from pursuing it?
- Who is the Ted Lasso figure in your life — the person who keeps you hopeful and optimistic?
“Variation on a Theme by Rilke (The Book of Hours, Book 1, Poem 1, Stanza 1)” by Denise Levertov from Breathing the Water, 1987. Copyrighted material used for educational or therapeutic purposes.
The other day I was reading a message from a friend, who recently gave birth to a baby girl. The self-doubt she experienced for a month prior magically transformed into a “Yes, I CAN” when the moment finally arrived. It was a beautiful reminder of how resilient we are – bodies, minds, and spirits – in overcoming fear, physical pain, sadness, frustration, challenge. “Be your own best friend” is a reminder I sometimes tell myself. Though I feel lucky to have a network of amazing “Ted Lassos” who lift me up when I really need that! I gathered some quotes from closest friends that I read in hard times.
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Thanks for writing, Z. I love the idea of collecting quotes for tough days. I hope you will always have lots of Lassos in your life — I know you are a Ted Lasso for many. xo
Thank you for this. Just the pick me up I needed on this dark November day, having just had a meeting with the care home about my mum 😞. It’s funny you should mention Ted Lasso – we had a zoom call with the Bakewells on Saturday and they were saying we should watch it – we’ve never heard of it! 🤗x
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You’re welcome, Paula. Good luck with your mum. Sending love and good wishes.. xo