And I wanted to laugh, but it hurt, so really…I wanted to cry. Once my tears welled up, I decided to run out of the building to keep them from escaping my eyelids. (Also, I was thoroughly embarrassed by the clumsy act, so I wanted to leave as soon as possible.)
Honestly, I am rather surprised I didn’t end up with a concussion or something. I turned the corner out of an office and slammed pretty hard into it, thinking it was a glass door that would push right open.
Nope. I was wrong.
However, this story has absolutely nothing to do with my blog post today.
Today, I will be talking about curve balls. Not the baseball curve ball – I am just not sports savvy enough to handle that.
Rather, I am talking about the curve ball that life throws at you, because I have had to deal with an awful lot of them this past week.
What are you like before a curve ball hits? You are armed and ready. You know exactly who you are. You know exactly what you want to do. You have your lists, your plans, your expectations, and your dreams.
Then comes the curve ball, stealing every ounce of certainty you once held. Your heart beats faster, the room begins to spin, and you lose all control.
Isn’t that scary: losing control? Not knowing what exactly will come next? Whether it be where your next paycheck is coming, or how you are going to feed your family, or what major you wish to pursue, or even how you will be able to overcome the loss of a loved one.
How do you deal with it? Do you react, swinging rapidly with all your strength and hoping a sliver of the bat will touch the ball?
Or do you respond? Do you let the inevitable come toward you and give you a strike, and then take a deep breath in, ready to hit a home run?
At church a few weeks ago, the pastor mentioned a very clever approach to curve balls:
“When you have a set back, take a step back, reevaluate your situation, learn from your mistakes, and make a come back.”
I urge you to respond, not react when a curveball comes your way.
Take it a day at a time, and please, do not run into any glass windows.
Until Next Time,