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Post Passover Stress Disorder

Ever since Passover ended I find myself at loose ends. Ahead of Passover, there’s the goal: Thorough cleaning, shopping, menu planning and “turning over.” There’s a simple pleasure in eating different foods and using different dishes. I always look forward to it. Then, after a short eight days, it’s over.

This year, the “Post Passover Stress Disorder” is particularly acute. I find myself uninspired by cooking or grocery shopping, and even a post-Passover donut didn’t taste as thrilling as it should have — although, to be sure, I had no trouble finishing it.

But I find myself missing the simplicity of matzah and butter. Am I alone out here?

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What a week and what a time for Denver sports. One way I combatted PPSD is by attending the Nuggets basketball game on April 24 at Ball Arena. My private boycott of the NBA couldn’t withstand Joker. What a phenomenal player Nikola Jokic is, and how fortunate we are to have him. His professionalism, humor and lack of ego are remarkable and he infuses the whole team with those characteristics, truly a feat in such an ego driven league.

Nobody said it better than the Golden State Warrior assigned to defending Jokic. Following the series winning victory for Golden State, Draymond Green said: “I just told him, ‘Thank you for making me better.’ It’s absolutely incredible to play against a guy like that. Incredible, incredible talent. So ‘Thank you for making me better.’ It’s an honor and pleasure to play against someone so talented and so skilled.”

That is the competitive spirit of athleticism at its best. Recognizing that we improve and grow by being challenged. It got me reflecting on what challenges exist in my life that may be opportunities for growth.

Do I recognize them as such?

That might sound highfalutin for a sports game, but sports are so riveting because they embody humanity — talent, skill, hard work, ambition, interpersonal relationships, success, failure. Detractors may find watching or talking about sports a waste of time. But if you look for it, there’s so much to learn.

Such as: respect. Last week, Petyon Manning’s foundation launched an academic scholarship in memory of the late Denver Bronco Demariyus Thomas. The scholarship goes to kids from Thomas’ home county to attend Thomas’ alma mater. What a way to honor Thomas’ life.

Yes, there are still athletes who are role models. And we Denverites are spoiled for choice.

Shana Goldberg may be reached at [email protected].

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