Catch the Curve Ball
When life gives you lemons, they say to make lemon-aide.
How about when life comes at you fast and throws several curve balls?
You just got a new job, more money so now you revisit your finances and find ways to keep more money in your savings account; home-run!
Your daughter just made #1 on the charter school lottery for the upcoming school year; home-run!
Your sister just had her first baby and you are super excited to be an aunt; home-run!
After flying through green pastures, celebrating these homeruns, you grab a seat and close your eyes to stay in the present and relish on the beauty of it all.
As soon as you open your eyes, the fastest curve ball you have ever witnessed is now coming towards you.
The basement is flooded with the view and stench of feces leaving you to now wash clothes at the laundromat as it will cost over $300 to get the pipes in the basement unclogged.
You call to follow up on the first day your daughter starts the new school to be told, they made a typo on the letter you received and she will not be attending their school this year.
You hang up the phone with the curve ball now stuck in your throat.
On your way out the front door, heading to see your newborn niece, the phone rings! Your grandmother died.
You sit! You began to feel a tingle of pain in your chest, so you breathe although the air seems uncooperative because you cannot seem to calm yourself and the curve balls are now stuck in various parts of your body.
So you stand and begin to walk from one end of the room to the next. Now, the pounding in your head matches the sensation in your chest. The sound of the mailman placing the mail in your mailbox snaps you out of your head and for that split second, you are now focused on the task of reading the mail in hopes of a distraction.
You open the first piece of mail to read you are being fined $300 by the city for having the police dispatched to your home too many times for false alarms. You open the second piece of mail and it’s a notice stating your mortgage has increased $400 because your mortgage company failed to take out enough money to cover last year’s escrow.
The money you meticulously budgeted every month to go into your savings is now gone.
Now, the room is spinning and all those curve balls have knocked you on your ass. And it’s only Tuesday!
How are you going to make it through today? The rest of the week?
Eat comfort food…or not.
Well, whatever you do…stand still and catch those curve balls.
Life is always testing you! Your perception of events can be good or bad; own it!
With each curve ball, be present and feel those uncomfortable feelings. Do not try to move away from the discomfort of those curve balls. Go with the ebb of each one, but stay grounded. With every season, winter, spring, summer and fall – as humans we adapt and you can too when life throws you a curve ball or three!
Staying present is the only way to find a solution to current problems and fully go with the ebb of life’s curve balls! Once you solve the problem, you can move on. Another curve ball will come, and that is fine just like when one season ends, we prepare for another.
For every curve ball is a homerun waiting to be hit out the park!
8/6/2017 11:28:57 pm
This was a great read! <3
8/7/2017 01:34:47 pm
Thanks for reading! I am glad you enjoyed it.
8/7/2017 12:05:04 pm
"Resilience" is a noun that enters my mind. I observe how animals in the wild or without an owner have to encounter so many obstacles. Just when they find shelter: curve ball-some human or dominant animal threatens and chases. Just when the lone animal finds food, a dominant creature snatches it. Animals survive; humans are resilient. I take comfort in knowing the "what ifs" in my life no longer dominate my thinking, whipping up panic at the first sign of a curve ball pitch that is obviously in the universe of things meant to stymie me, but only for a while. I've lived through "can't get a break". I've lived with "back against the wall." Resilience keeps me sound, sane, creative, and thinking clearly. For me, upon awakening, before arising, when it is most quiet, "whispers" from within provide guidance and answers to my next steps. I call my morning awakening "Whispers--my morning whispers." That is my most creative time of day. Sleeps is so important to make this happen.
8/7/2017 01:36:07 pm
Hello Deborah! Thank you for sharing your positive experience on resilience. I appreciate your insight :)
Leave a Reply.
I am a loving and perceptive therapist. I helps professional women of color! I work collaboratively with my clients to build their self-confidence. We identify tools that are needed to build a career and live a life worth living! I listen quietly and attentively remembering details to tell truths that need to be spoken.