Batter Up!

I like baseball. Because it is civilized, it’s not gladiator sport, and the players have so many kookadoodledoo superstitions. You never know how the game is going to go, so baseball, to me, is mysterious. Like life. Haven’t watched any baseball games lately, but have been doing some reading.

My youngest daughter and I went to a bookstore in Austin recently. Under their “events” section, there was a listing featuring Anne Lamott as a speaker at some future date. I freaked. My daughter isn’t familiar with her. I encouraged her to get familiar with A.L. because I love her words. Especially those describing her personal journey through life.

Right now, she is my best book friend. I usually reread her work about twice a year. She is the most … everything. But I love her words because she is most human and not afraid to share. Which leads me to share some of my favorite quotes of hers that are speaking to me today.

 “I do not understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.”

  “I thought such awful thoughts I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of a cat dish” 

 “The difference between you and God is that God doesn’t think He’s you.”

 “You can practice being right or practice being kind.”

“It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It is weight training for life.”

“Expectations are really resentments under construction.”

I like the way she rolls. I wonder if she likes baseball? My other favorite quote, alas, is not hers; I don’t know who it belongs to.

“Life  often slides curve balls our way. What we must remember is that we may get knocked out of the batter’s box this inning, then hit one out of the park the next.”

I don’t know where you are in this baseball life – still training, benched, or up at bat. I’m ready to play. Let’s cheer each other on. And never, ever, ever, ever give up!

Later.

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22 thoughts on “Batter Up!

  1. “I thought such awful thoughts I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of a cat dish”
    That’s the best quote I have read in a long time, enough to convince me to go in search of her work immediately!

  2. I’m trying not to strike out this time. Fantastic Anne Lamott quotes.

  3. Thanks for sharing the quotes! I love them all, but especially the gin-out-of-the-cat-dish one.

  4. Excellent! A post worthy of coming back to during moments of self pity. Thanks for posting!

  5. Yay, very inspirational.

  6. Love the gin out of the cat dish quote…must seek her out!

    I’m always here to cheer you on, Izzie!

    Hugs,
    Wendy

    • Hey Wendy girl! That is my favorite quote, too. She is hilarious, brilliant, serious, liberal and most important – human!And I’m here to cheer you on as well, my friend!

  7. “I thought such awful thoughts I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of a cat dish”

    That is awesome! Don’t ever give up HOARDER! 🙂

  8. I like a home run and hate to strike out but I have sometimes been left on third for longer than I would like!

  9. I too love baseball. It is simpler to understand than many of the other games. My desire is to make it to Home Plate one of these days. I think I am second base at the moment! 🙂

  10. Hey Hazel! You WILL make it home. Happy Easter to you!

  11. Love this quote: “The difference between you and God is that God doesn’t think He’s you.”

    Plus, baseball is not only a great game, it’s also a great story at any point in time.

    • Hey, afrankangle … I love that quote, too. Wish I’d read it sooner … there are so many people I could have said it to. Snarky me. Ah baseball … ain’t it great?

      • Ken Burns had it right on in his documentary by linking the journey of baseball and society over time. Brilliant!

        Meanwhile, this Reds fan is shaking his head about the last two horrible weeks. 😦

  12. I used to read about 60 books a year and since I got my Netflix instant a year ago, I’ve read 1. That is shameful. I love the quotes so I might see if I can find one of her books.

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