Living and Giving

The Pamela Positive: “You can live without Chaucer and you can live without calculus, but you cannot make it in the wide, wide world without common sense.”

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“You can live without Chaucer and you can live without calculus, but you cannot make it in the wide, wide world without common sense.”  –Janet Hill, mother of Grant Hill, NBA Basketball Star

Grant Hill\’s mom provided him with the best education on earth:  How you live, how you treat people, should make sense.  A common sense that includes kindness, civility and care for everyone we encounter.   Grant Hill was responding to the Fab\’s Five\’s defamation of Duke recruiting only  \”Uncle Toms\” for their basketball team.   He comes back with a kind yet firm and principled response as to the importance of respect for each individual, and gratitude for the team with whom he played at Duke, even wishing the Fab Five well.

Grant Hill continues: \”As we get older, we understand the importance of these words. Adulthood is nothing but a series of choices: you can say yes or no, but you cannot avoid saying one or the other. In the end, those who are successful are those who adjust and adapt to the decisions they have made and make the best of them.\”

What Grant  points to is that some of the most important decisions we make are how we treat people and how we communicate about them.  Thank you, Grant, for your upstanding values; your appreciation of Coach K\’s values and the past and future Duke teams, and, taking the highest road possible, also wishing the best for the Fab Five as well.  Sometimes poverty of heart is worse than monetary poverty.  It must be given the highest level of compassion, which you have demonstrated.

http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/grant-hills-response-to-jalen-rose/