Saturday, July 16, 2011

On The Field

You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day.

Bob Feller
Robert William Andrew Feller (1918 - 2010) was a major league baseball pitcher. He joined the Cleveland Indians at the age of 17 without ever having played in the Minor Leagues. He played for the Indians his entire career, and retired in 1956. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Bob Feller was famous for his fast ball which once was clocked at 113 miles per hour.

"A new game every day." Past successes may get your name in the paper or an autograph seeker and past failures may earn you some remorse, but they are both unimportant. Taking a lesson from everything we do is what's important and looking forward to more lessons learned as we approach another day.

In the theatre everyone wants to repeat what they did the night before if it was a good performance. But it isn't possible, nor should it be. Every new day is a chance to do better, to throw the ball faster than it's ever been thrown, to perform the role better than it has ever been performed, to do whatever it is your lot to do better than you even expect from yourself before you start. Life gives us the experiences as we trudge along and it is our chance and our great opportunity to not only make the most of them but to turn them into successes that light up the reason for life and our place in it.

"There's place and means for every man alive" wrote Shakespeare. You can find your greatness on a baseball field or anywhere life puts you by looking at the new day, eager for the game.
Never give up.
DB - The Vagabond


Well, last weekend several of you had some fun substituting a different word for "noodles" in "Love with noodles is batter." So here's a variation. Take a song and change one of the important words. Such as:

Somewhere over the ________.
I can't give you anything but ______, baby.

Enter as often as you like, the decision of the mentally stalled judge is final.

Good luck


It's a long, hot, sticky summer, so here's a hot, sticky question for you. Don't let the recent New York State decision rob you of your thunder.

Same sex marriage. Should it be legal or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

9 answers so far.

You have until the last day of summer, but don't dally.
I eagerly await your answer.



Geo. said...

"...looking at the new day, eager for the game."--memorable, useful phrase consistent with your solid motto, "never give up." Thanks!
As to weekend contest, I'm one of those people who mixes up lyrics involuntarily --can't think of Oz song without "K-K-K-Katy", so:

Somewhere over the cowshed.

Nor have I ever comfortably called anybody "Baby" other than real babies, so:

I can't give you anything but diapers, Baby (and maybe a shoulder to puke on).

Arlene (AJ) said...

As always another great read that makes you stop and think DB. Life is indeed a new game to be played every day and hopefully finding some positive reaction from it.