Let’s Take A Moment To Talk About…Curveballs

Watch the ball or you'll get hit in the face

I’m sitting in a bar, eating pasta and watching the Yankees.  Bottom of the 5th, the Yanks are down 0-5 and somewhere, Bruddah is clenching his jaw.  Four more innings left to go and though it looks bad now, it could go either way.

Today was that kind of day, a day of dodging, of trying to stay out of the way — of anger, of frustration, of grumpiness.  In your own home, things are the way you want them to be — quiet, calm.  You get up early, a long hot shower, time for a real breakfast and then you walk outside, or pick up the phone, or open your email and life becomes a game of dodgeball.  Some days are easier than others — your own good mood sinks all battleships — and then there are the days, like today, where even the sky feels black and bitter.  A fight with one friend, frustration with another, traffic, a talkative neighbor, an angry boss.  What do you do?  Do you fight back?  Defend yourself?  Or take a deep breath and think, this will pass.

Tomorrow is Saturday.  I don’t have to work.  My bathroom’s being painted, a friend’s coming for breakfast, there’s a untried restaurant on the schedule for dinner, good friends to share it with.  Monday, I may not have a job but tonight I’m going to a kirtan.  I will sing out my frustrations, I will drive home through empty streets.  I will get into my clean bed, read my new book and go to sleep.  The game is not over yet and the score can change at any minute.

UPDATE: And it did. Yankees Rewrite Script With Outburst In Eighth. Final score: Yankees 6, Rangers 5.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

image: Jason Alley, with a Creative Commons License, some rights reserved.

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