Have you ever wanted to give up on life? Have you felt like you had your chance and now, well, maybe that you don’t deserve another one. You might have had as many as three really big chances, but you blew them all in your mind.
Don’t live your life like a baseball game. If you think every time you come up to bat and you “strike out” you have failed, think again. You don’t have to make room for someone else to be the next batter. When you feel like you’ve dropped the ball in the outfield, are you ashamed and feel like you have committed an “error”? Do you feel like you only have so many “at bats” before the game is over? And you probably get less than 9 times in your life (innings) to do it?
So, instead, think of it this way….. this is YOUR life! That means every player on the team is you. You are the batter, the pitcher, the catcher and the in and outfielders. If you take a swing and you miss – you aren’t quite on your path, but you’ve swung at life and are actively participating. That’s great!!! You are already wayyyy ahead of some people! So you try three times and then have to step aside for the next person to try – hey! Remember this is your life. Every person that comes up to bat in your game is you! You can try as many times as you like – if you pop up or fly out, or even if you are in the field and drop the ball, it doesn’t matter. It’s just one more thing you’ve learned you don’t want to do or one more way you’ve learned how not to get what you want. Every time you swing or try to catch the ball you are stepping toward your dream. No one bats anywhere near 1,000. And Ty Cobb who had the best average ever only hit the ball somewhere on the field a little over a third of the time.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know, Edison made more than 1,000 attempts to create the light bulb before he had 1 that worked. And when someone asked him how it felt to fail 1,000 times, he said. I never thought of it as failing, I just found 999 ways how not to make a light bulb.
So hang in there, keep looking for the bleachers and you’ll hit that home run!