Something to think about.

experienceI saw this sign while shopping with a friend yesterday. We went to a shabby chic haven of small stores selling a plethora of clever items that we could have made ourselves if we only had thought of the ideas first.

At any rate, this sign caught my eye and its message gave me pause.

My first thought after reading it was actually ‘Oh geez, what has the last year been preparing me for? Seemed like a frightening thought after a pretty exhausting year of events.’

But on the flip side, it makes sense that each experience prepares us for the next.  And that’s a good thing.

Because life gets easier the more we do it.  Just like we get better at playing catch the more we practice.

We learn how to relax and get into a rhythm with the ball.  How to position ourselves for successful catches by reading the ball and predicting where it might end up.

We also learn to recognize and dodge those fast balls that could really hurt if they nailed us. And how to catch the next hardball differently so it doesn’t sting so much.

And most importantly we learn how to be open — and unafraid —  to catch certain curve balls that can change our life forever.

What about you?  How do you think each experience prepares us for the next?

11 thoughts on “Something to think about.

  1. Pingback: Something to think about. | streets food

  2. It’s a nice thought, but I’ve had some experiences I wasn’t prepared for. In those cases, you just have to do the best you can. Most of the time, we fret over things that are not long-term issues anyway.

  3. In keeping with your baseball metaphor, you should check out a movie called “Trouble with the Curve” (Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, John Goodman). I just saw it and really liked it.

  4. Lovely shot Wry and post. I think all that life wants to teach us is to live in the moment and that is something that is quite difficult sometimes. Sometimes I just hate those “experiences” but then it’s just another lesson for me for not learning the previous lesson quicker. I can be so slow sometimes. LOL!
    Thanks for sharing hon. 😀 *hugs*

  5. Saturday, I was on a date sitting in the outdoor garden at a French cafe when seemingly out of nowhere a dense rubber ball flew out of the sky and bounced off the table right between us with a loud thud. Had that ball hit either one of us, it would have been a crippling blow. Naturally, as a proponent of flight over fight and imagining myself lying prostrate on a stretcher being carried into an ambulance with a bleeding head wound the size of a hockey puck I wanted to make like trees and leave IMMEDIATELY. Just as naturally my companion wanted to stay a little longer. She was willing to flirt with massive bodily harm because the weather was nice. It turns out that there was a tennis court behind the garden rife with crappy players. After two more balls sailed into the garden, she got the message that we were sitting ducks. That was one experience I was prepared to flee and did not need to witness two more times.

  6. Yes, life is so unpredictable. I find that the older I get, if I think of doing something thoughtful, I just do it. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so I try to show my love today. Whatever the next experience is, I know God is with me, that’s the only constant.

  7. Great sign. I need that sign to continue to remind me; It is all for growth. I am pretty sure these trying times have made me kinder, stronger and slower to react to the negative events. I “catch” myself not reacting. And, I think yeah! I hope that every day we all improve and that we are not judged constantly by our past imperfections in this not so perfect or easy world.

    • Great sign. I need that sign to continue to remind me; It is all for growth. I am pretty sure these trying times have made me kinder, stronger and slower to react to the negative events. I “catch” myself not reacting. And, I think yeah! I hope that every day we all improve and that we are not judged constantly by our past imperfections in this not so perfect or easy world.

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