Today’s lesson is about perseverance. Nothing is impossible.
I just watched the ceremony to celebrate David Ortiz’s amazing career on the day of his last regular season game. He was presented with all manner of gifts and accolades. There were boots, golden bats, million dollar checks to his charity, videos, celebrity appearances, etc.
So what does that have to do with you? If you pay attention you can derive a simple yet powerful lesson from the escapades of Big Papi.
Big Papi was released from the Minnesota Twins prior to coming to the Red Sox. He was cut! The club, in essence, told him he wasn’t good enough.
He was then picked up by the Red Sox and the rest is history.
It comes as no surprise to me that Papi played the game with passion, yet, always seemed to be thankful for playing the game at all. When you almost lose something important to you, the feeling of gratitude stays with you once you reclaim it.
The Twins didn’t foresee the 500 plus home runs. The Twins didn’t see the late inning, game winning heroics. And they never imagined the Hall of Fame career (hopefully) that Papi has laid out over the last 14 years.
But Papi knew.
My brother is a cancer survivor. He lost his house, his job and nearly his life due to his battle with this awful disease. He has that same playful attitude about life that Papi has. There is gratitude in his smile and his voice.
You and I haven’t been cut by an MLB team or survived cancer (although I am sure there are survivors reading this…..God bless you all). Why don’t we have the same zest for life? Why don’t we see the good in everything? Why aren’t we as grateful?
I don’t know why, I just know that we should be. All things are possible if we persevere. We just need to attack life with hope and promise and thanks. We need to believe and battle as if our lives depend on it……..because……they do.
If you scour the internet, you can read thousands upon thousands of stories about regular people who overcame incredible odds to succeed. You can be the next story. You just need to DECIDE to.