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!