“God gets you to the plate, but once you are there you’re on your own.”
Spring is officially here, which is easily my favorite season. Not only because of the weather, but every spring brings us a new baseball season. If you’re like me when you are watching the art of baseball everything just seems right in the world. The perfection displayed on a baseball diamond is a magnificent thing to witness.
Watching the game is one thing, participating is another. I am writing this because a few days ago, not on the ball field but in the game of life, I was thrown a curveball. The end result was a big swing and a miss. I immediately found myself irritated, frustrated and mad. Why did I deserve this curveball? I try to participate in life everyday and do my best to grow as a person at the same time embracing the the life I have been given. I thought how dare I get this for my efforts?
After stepping back and reviewing the situation with some close friends of mine I realized that I was not unhappy with the curveball, I was unhappy with myself for not being prepared for it. After all, is not life full of curveballs? I would be naive to think that life is full of nothing but fastballs right down the middle of the plate. Therefore I found myself asking why was I not prepared for the curve?
Upon a little more reflection I also realized that my life is full of fastballs right down the middle. My problem had become that I was not embracing them as I had thought I was. I was not swinging for the fences of life. Today I will fully embrace the easy fastballs that life deals me and be aware to not take them for granted. I will also prepare myself for that big sweeping curve that will someday come my way again. With some simple practices of gratitude and humility I will fully participate in all aspects of my life. With some action and practice no matter fastball or curveball I will always swing for the fences.
Affirmation: I am ready and prepared for anything that comes my way today because in this moment I am whole, loved and supported.
Call to Action: It is easy to see how an unplanned and unpredictable situation can really startle us in life but it really is through those times that we get a check as to how rightly we are living. Have you had any curveballs thrown your way lately? If so how did you adjust to get a better perspective on them? Please share so that we all can follow your footsteps of growth and change.
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Love this, thank you! I had a curve ball recently that felt more like being knocked in the head with the ball. Hard. I took some time to recover and let my emotions come out. In the past I may have stuffed them down and kept myself busy “doing” to avoid dealing with them and then it takes so much longer to recover. One of my favorite tools is writing in a journal and meditating to really listen for what I need to learn. I continue to receive the gifts from my painful smack of that ball…