My son is 9 years old, and this will be his second season of playing baseball. He was batting against a much bigger 10 yr old kid who threw harder than anyone he had ever faced so I was very nervous, and to be honest scared for him. He played coaches pitch last year so this was his first time against “live” pitching.
He took a couple of pitches, and swung at another, and missed. I could see his hands shaking, but he was listening and looking around at me while he was in the batters box. I could see in his eyes how nervous he was, and I remember the look on his face when he struck out last year. I didn’t want to see that look again…not today! I’m gonna let you watch this video to see how the story unfolds but turn your volume down….I’m pretty excited!!
Outside of him being born, this was one of my proudest moments of my son. He’s won academic awards at school every year, and did very well at soccer, but this was different. He was scared and nervous (You could see it clearly) but he faced his fears and you (although the video is grainy) can experience his results!
As parents when our kids, or those we love dearly, “fail”, or get hurt by words or an injury, we take it just as hard. Agape Love is divine, and unconditional. That’s how we feel, or hopefully feel, about our loved ones or close friends. We want our “own” to succeed or to “win” in life!
Let’s think about us for a moment, and all the things we have to be thankful for. My life is so blessed and I have many others that “cheer me on” in my own life. I know you do too. I also know that, just like anyone, I get down on things that are happening, or not happening in my life. When that comes up for me, I start calling the people that love me unconditionally. In just a few minutes my confidence gets restored, I’m happier, and I’m ready to face the world again with a new attitude. Loved ones or close friends listen, offer encouragement, and are there to lift you up.
So the next time you get down think about this quote I read from a close friend of mine “If everyone threw all their problems out on a table, 9 out of 10 people would reach back down and pick up their own!” We all have plenty to be thankful for but it takes focusing on what we have rather than focusing on what we don’t!
Life gets tough sometimes, but we don’t live in Japan, Iraq, or Libya. Sometimes we just have to face the music, and control what we can control. I learned a great lesson from my son this week…He “manned” up, and afterwards had a smile so wide you could stick an ear of corn in sideways! 🙂 I know if I do the things I know I SHOULD do, or can do, I can experience a great deal of joy in my own life…and so can YOU! We just have to put one foot in front of the other, do our best, and make it happen. The mind is a powerful thing, and it can do anything you tell it to do. I hope you have a wonderful week!