Wednesday, November 18, 2015

365 Project - Day 322 - "The Un-Cushioning (Playing the Game)"

November 18, 2015 - "The Un-Cushioning (Playing the Game)"

It's time.

It's time for you to step up to the plate.

It's time for you to ready yourself for the challenges that life pitches to you.

It's time for you to learn which of those pitches you need to swing at... and which of those pitches you need to let continue past you.

It's time for you to gather the strength to push through the swing... to hit the obstacles and tests you're faced with head-on, and send them soaring.

It's time for you to know when to walk and when to run.

It's time for you to be willing to dive... sliding... reaching for what you know you can achieve.

It's time.

One of the most powerful realizations I've had this year is the realization that you will NEVER know when your last chance to swing might be. You will never know just how many innings you will be blessed with playing. You never know if you're going to be hit by a pitch... or if you're going to be pulled from the game that is life. You never know.

But I do know that I am here for you right now... during THIS game.

I am your batting coach, helping you learn how and when to swing...

I am your first base coach, warning you when another pitch is heading towards you so you can stay safe...

I am your third base coach, guiding you home...

... and I am in the stands, watching you play the game... proudly cheering you on.

But someday I will not be at the plate or the base with you. Someday you'll look in the stands and won't be able to see that I'm there watching you. That day may be tomorrow. That day may come 20,000 tomorrows from now. But come it will... and you'll have to swing and walk and run without me guiding you.

And so it's time.

It's time for the un-cushioning to begin.

It's time for the protective wrapping to start to come off.

It's time for all of the little soft bits that we've surround you with to protect you from life's bumps to be removed... bit by bit.

It's time for you to step away from being a "child" and step toward becoming a "man"...

... and it's time for me to let you start swinging at more of life's pitches on your own.

It's time, son.

It's time.

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