HAHA Cup Checker,
We could all really use to laugh more. You know when you are just lost in one of those moments of pure joy. I mean honestly, it feels really good when you’re caught up laughing so hard it hurts. I was reminded of that this past weekend after I spent some quality time with some great friends. I think after all the laughing, each of us added years back to our lives. The stuff is just plain good for the soul.
The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
In a baseball sense, if you have ever been a participant in Extended Spring Training you know laughter can be an invaluable tool for your survival. For the inexperienced, “Extended” is sort of a professional baseball purgatory or no-man’s land. When Spring Training ends and you are not assigned to an affiliate (Low-A through AAA) or make the Big League club nor are you given your out right release, you stay at the complex to sharpen your skills for the next serval months.
Extended is typically reserved for younger players, guys rehabbing injuries and those who just aren’t ready to head up the ladder quit yet. Days are characterized by early morning skill work, mid-day soup (perfect combo with the sweltering heat of Florida or Arizona) and PB&J. After a quick lunch, a 1:00 PM game against yourselves or one of three neighboring organizations is played in front of 4-12 people who are usually the pitchers who are stuck working the radar gun and charting pitches….everyday.
Extended is a mental and physical grind. Days are the same, weather is hot and you feel like your playing career isn’t progressing at the speed of light you had initially envisioned. Self-motivating and positivity are crucial without a doubt, but laughter is the key.
The ability to laugh at yourself, your perceived tough break and the repetitive nature of the days. Looking back on my time in Extended Spring, I wish that I laughed more. It would have made me more at ease and allowed me to really enjoy the moment and relish in the opportunity before me. Heck I may have even played better. Instead, I chose (or really hadn’t developed the skill set to cope yet) to really grind against the circumstances, laughing off the field but rarely on it where I needed it most.
You see, whether we have lost a parent, persevered through tough financial times or been crushed by an injury, we can all relate. Suffering is a universal human condition…
fortunately for us, so is laughter.
The Cup Check…protect the goods.