Stay In the Game

Posted by Sooz on Monday, February 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

They say life is a game. It sometimes feels more like a war to me, but maybe that’s because I need to focus on the game a little more. There are things that we can do to make life feel more alive; things we can do to help us thrive, not just survive.

This week our guest writer is my husband and dearest friend, Mark. He has a story to share from his own life that will encourage you to stay in the game…

It’s 9:45pm, I don’t think I can get out of my truck!

For the past 3 hours I have been playing softball.  Yes, I’m 48 and not at my physical best.  Yes, I’ve been warned.  Yes, I know I’m not a kid anymore.  No, I didn’t stretch.

Softball, at least the preparation for and playing of it, brings life to me!  I love it.  The immediate feedback of my actions, the sense of inter-reliance, the pursuit of a common goal – these things feed my heart and create in me both a passion and defiance.  This passion is a tenderness toward a struggling teammate or a drive for that stupid plastic trophy with the faux marble base.  The defiance is a product of ambition.  I become a prowling predator at third base HOPING the batter makes the mistake of hitting the ball to me!  In the batter’s box I am intent on moving a runner along, creating runs, and becoming the next to score. 

The fact that I think I can still score from first base on a double is why I am sitting in my truck right now, wondering how in the world I am going to make it to that hot shower that calls my name!  Physically exhausted but deeply satisfied.

What is it that brings you life? What makes your heart beat harder and your adrenaline flow? What are the life-giving things you embrace? We all know that days turn into weeks and months before we know it. If we want a life that is fully lived then we need to make room for pleasure – not entertainment, but pleasure. Life-giving things give us pleasure and satisfaction when we do them. They feed our hearts.

What can you do to stay in the game?

A “Good Idea”:

Make an effort this week to do one life-giving thing that inspires you. Determine to stay in the game and live a life that is full of unforgettable moments.

One Response

  1. Carl says:

    Well said and done. You make showing up for softball, better for all of us. I really loved your differentiation between pleasure and entertainment. We were made with the capacity to enjoy so much pleasure and placed in a natural world that offers so much. Thanks for reminding me to drink deeply and stay in the game. #13

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