As I have mentioned in previous posts, April signals the official start of the baseball season, my favorite sport. For me, baseball feeds my soul with beauty and connects me with loved ones, both alive and dead. For years, baseball has been known as America’s “National Pastime,” though many would dispute that fact in today’s world. I don’t care. I still love it.
Baseball has been called a metaphor of life. It is a marathon that fits in with the seasons of our life; and we can learn great lessons from it. I have recently discovered how true this is, as my favorite team struggles to win, and I reflect upon how the affects me.
Am I impatient and critical? Do I curse and throw things at my television when I see someone make a bad play? Or am I patient and optimistic, hoping that things will improve as the season goes along? After all, do we judge a human being based upon 10 years of their life? Or do we look at everything they accomplish over the long haul?
Getting off to a bad start is difficult for a fan, maybe even more so than for a team, because a fan is passive, an onlooker, while players can do something to improve their situation.
I have given some thought to baseball, to winning and losing, and what we lessons we can learn from the sport. I am going to list ten things that are part of the game and show what the mean to us in life. I hope this will make sense to those of you who are not familiar with the sport. (If you don’t know much about it, start watching. It’s an amazing game!)
10 ASPECTS OF BASEBALL AND HOW THEY APPLY TO LIFE
- We are going to win the World Series this year = I believe that my life is going to be good.
- We didn’t win the championship = it is better to try and fail than never to try
- We won a game = be happy for the little triumphs along the way
- We are in last place = you can succeed in life by making changes along the way
- My team stinks = accept yourself for what you are
- It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame = life is filled with beauty, enjoy each and every breath
- Don’t waste at-bats = take advantage of every single day you are alive
- Sacrifice the runners (sac fly or bunt) = give of yourself for the greater good to humanity
- Tip your cap = be thankful of the others who have made your success possible
- Moment of silence = use your spirituality to connect to the greater cosmic force (God, the Universe, etc) depending upon your beliefs