readyforthe pitch

To be a baseball player requires a multitude of skills. It is not enough to have a lot of speed in running the bases. This is especially true of the batters. These members of the team need something that most of us could never acquire. That something is the ability to see the ball coming at them in slow motion. This would be easier to do if the pitch was not coming at 100 miles per hour.

In life it can seem as though things are hitting us all at once. It is almost as if there is some force out there working against us. But what we can do in times like these is to become like the baseball hitter. Try and slow these things down in our minds. Thinking our way through our problems as they are facing us is the best way of handling these difficult situations.

One of the most interesting people I have ever met, was a woman who had lost her child and husband all in the span of a few months. She has allowed me to share her story without using her name. For those purposes I will call her Karen.

Karen, had been married for ten years before they had their first child. Her and her husband Bruce welcomed their baby girl happily into the world. Their life was truly a blessing. But as their little girl got older they decided to have another child. Karen had no complications with the pregnancy. In fact she said it was far easier than it had been the first time. She was in labor for a little over six hours when little Robin was born,

With everything looking good, Karen and Robin went home to a welcoming daddy and big sister. It wasn’t until Robin was a year old that something went terribly wrong. One morning when Karen went to get the baby out of the crib she made a grim discovery. Her little girl had passed in the middle of the night. Sadness and gloom swept over their once happy home.

Karen dove head first into working. She is a medical assistant at a doctor’s office. She worked every shift she could get her hands on. In between work she took care of their firstborn Rachel. While she was doing that her husband gave up and started drinking. He eventually lost his job and Karen became the sole support of the household. She was in a whirlwind of activity trying to put out fire after fire. Then one day she told me she could not go on anymore.

She sat down and thought about everything that was going on. She replayed each of her days out in her head. Instead of giving up she struck a home run. She told her husband to get help or get out. By this time they had been married for eighteen years. She had never talked to him like that before. He went down and got counseling, and had to be placed on disability. Karen also got her daughter the help that she needed. Now Karen is in school to become a doctor. Although she n=know it will take a while, it will be worth it.

By keeping her eye on the “ball”, she was able to hold things together when it could have been a strike out!