When I was 9 years old I decided to play little league baseball. Being raised in a west side football family, I knew absolutely nothing about baseball but that I liked the cool uniform and glove. My very first time at bat, I faced the fastest 12 year old pitcher in the league. I was terrified, and with good reason! The first pitch was hurled at lightning speed and I could think of nothing except saving myself, so I did a duck and cover! That baseball hit me right in the middle of the back! I cried and limped my way to first base and then realized I was actually on base! I made it to first base on my very first time at bat!!
That experience taught me a few things:
- Life throws things our way that require courage … and sometimes a little pain. Life really is about the journey and experiencing the moment we are in. Too often we dwell on the one before or the one to come. By being present we will get the most out of the moment we are in! I don’t remember if I even scored that at bat (or any other time at bat), but I do remember I had the courage to do it!
- I don’t know if we won a game that year, but I know that summer taught me one thing–resilience is the ability to bounce back even when you have been smacked in the back!
- I want more courage and resilience in my life. And I know that I don’t want fear to stop me.
So I am committing to courage…
the courage to be kind no matter what I get in return.
the courage to get back up no matter how many times I fall down.
the courage to face my fear and never let it be an excuse!
the courage to connect with the people in my life and express my gratitude for them.
We are on this journey together! Let’s be courageous together. I would love to hear how you are going to show courage!Read More