What CAN I Do?

29 May
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When I was a wee young lad, one of my favorite things to do was play baseball. I was fairly certain that I was going to be a Major League Baseball player one day.  Time goes by, though, doesn’t it?

Thanks to some inspiration from Randy Gage, I recently joined a softball league. Let’s just say that it’s been a while since I played ball of any kind. I played five games, and came away from each game with some kind of injury.

It kind of made me feel old, or certainly that I’m not as young as I used to be. It’s a pretty hard thing to face when you realize that you may never play ball again…ever.  I am really not that old, but the aches and pains I feel this morning are signs that I need to pay attention to what my body is telling me.

I think we all face a point in our lives when we realize that we might not ever be able to do a certain thing anymore. The window of opportunity is closed…shut…tight…locked.  It’s at that moment that we have a decision to make. We can either focus on what we can no longer do, or we can ask ourselves, “What CAN I do?”

This morning, as I sat massaging the ankle that was keeping me from walking normally, I had that mind shift. Instead of bemoaning my aches and pains and lamenting my washed up baseball/softball career, I asked myself that question: What CAN I do?

This list was great. It was so positively empowering to think that I can…

    • Write
    • Think
    • Talk
    • Type
    • Eat
    • See my children
    • Play guitar
    • Listen to music
    • Drive a car
    • Go for a walk
    • Play pool

All wonderful things. I guess the great thing that comes from seeing your limitations is appreciating all that you have and can do. Now that’s the can-do attitude I was looking for!

Now, here’s another thing to think about. Maybe I’m being just a bit melodramatic. One thing I did notice over the period of 5 weeks, was that I actually did start getting a bit more in shape. I started to find my stride – granted that stride included having to have someone else do the base running for me.

The point is, though sometimes we can bend the body to the will, it’s a matter of priority. With the few weeks that I played ball I noticed an improvement. That’s encouraging. What it ultimately comes down to, though, is what I really want. Do I want to squeeze blood out of a turnip? Because that’s what continuing to play softball feels like for me.

The door may be closing. It may have closed. What a relief that there are so many doors and windows that are still open! In fact, in thinking about all the things I can still do, I remembered how much I enjoy playing pool. This little exercise may have opened some old doors that I had closed for a while.

Who knows what can happen when you keep your attitude positive and your options open?

 

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