Curve balls. They happen in baseball and they happen in life.
In baseball a curveball is a type of pitch. The pitcher is the one with control of the curve. In life, although we are the star-player, we usually have no control over the curve; when its coming, how its coming and/or why its coming. A curveball in life is typically one that derails us from our favored plan of getting from A to B.
For all of us, curveballs are coming. They have probably already come, are coming now and/or will continue to come. It is not a matter of whether Life will throw the curve; only when.
For me, being a Type A personality, I can be rigid in my thinking. I like things to go according to my plan and I am sensitive and often anxious about any deviations from that. When things get off track, I sometimes get rude, impatient and exasperated. Although my sense of urgency, desire to be organized and competitive drive could all be considered positive traits when looked at in a certain light, they are also the same traits. that enable my short-fuse to blow.
At present, I am doing some self-training on handling life’s curveballs. One of the main reasons I want to improve is because I see my children handling curveballs way more appropriately then I do and they aren’t even yet in the “big game” of Life.
They are in Little League, but are still better at managing the twist and turns than I. Maybe it is the naivety of their mind that allows them to not completely grasp the enormity of and complexities caused by these curveballs or maybe they are just smarter than me. Maybe children simply understand that when a ball is coming at them they simply need to pick up a bat, keep their head up and start swinging.
I cannot always control everything. But, what I can control is my attitude and my effort. I can be, and have to be, adaptable. I have to adapt so that the curve ball does no knock me out. There is no time for knock outs in the game of Life and surely not in the game of parenting.
“When life throws curve balls at you, do not try to dodge them. They are meant to hit you, mold you and to shape you to become the person you are meant to be. Enjoy the impact, smile and move on.” — Unknown.