I offer my final thoughts today on this series; while fully concluding Friday with none other than my brother.
In a recent conversation, I was encouraging someone who was off the rails with the input of well-meaning family and friends. Sigh. This can be one of the toughest arenas of all, can’t it? These individuals know us well, therefore often feel a freedom to give input where perhaps it hasn’t always been solicited; making you feel like you’re in the “suicide squeeze” position in baseball. One of the things so relevant to this particular play, is that it often involves the giving of one’s self so that others can advance. Think on that one for a moment, in light of our series. Again, there are few finer in the history of the game, than Jackie Robinson. At the same time, what a beautiful picture of his legacy. Friday, Tim will expound more, and I hope we will all pause to think again.
Whenever you undertake something new, different, or out of the main stream, you will experience opposition. It matters not what that particular “something” is. It may cost you dearly to take the road less traveled; but in the end, the reward may outshine any other. None of us relish being in the position of dealing with an opponent, when it involves beliefs, changing systems, or standing firm. It’s sad that within our society, there are countless opportunities daily to die on hills that really don’t matter. Social media has created a stage where people can “speak their mind” without having to practice the discipline of following through, articulating well, and practicing the give and take of respect and healthy compromise.
I want to be a person who communicates with conviction, care, concern, and empathy for others. I don’t have to always agree in order to do what is right. And doing what is right, is…well, always right. I am human, therefore I will make mistakes. But in doing so, it is also my hope that I learn from them and am willing to admit them; asking for forgiveness when necessary.
I don’t always have to have the last word. This is something I am consistently working on. It is honestly okay to allow others to “be wrong” without weighing in. For in giving that freedom, I am noticing that the margin it creates, allows me the opportunity to evaluate where I need to change; because possibly the individual who is “wrong” is me.
I’ve told you many times here on TommyMom, that my personal involvement in the sports arena, has been as a spectator or a mom providing transportation! Trust me when I say, I was consistently chosen last for any and all team play.
As the summer season begins, like a fresh clean page full of promise and potential; I was deeply moved by the lessons I learned in reviewing the life of someone who gave all. Regardless of whether or not I could relate to the venue, the life of Jackie Robinson resonated deeply, on both a physical and spiritual level as a human being.
He not only played the game with excellence, he consistently demonstrated vision and the belief in humanity to exercise change. Discouragement, well-meaning family and friends, and even those who hated, did not serve to deter him from playing a game he loved with everything he had. That’s conviction. And clearly, it is the catalyst for bringing about a legacy that can’t ever be dimmed.
I aspire to this greatness. Do you?