So it is raining outside, and I bring my load of dirty clothes to the laundry mat. Put the pile on the machine, load my quarters in, put clothes in and detergent, and take my book out and read. As it rained, the smell of rain came into the laundry mat, and I sipped my coffee as I read. And then I remembered a speech, I was raised in SF and love baseball and used to like football but it is what it is now, so I happen to be a Giants fan and they were recently down two games in a best of five series, they traveled to the other teams ball park and in my mind the odds of them winning the next three games were pretty much resting at 15 %, very low.
Before the game one of the players Hunter Pence gathered the team together and said the following, “get in here, everyone get in here..look into each other eyes..now! look into each others eyes, I want one more day with you, it’s the most fun, the best team I have ever been on, and no matter what happens we must not give in, we owe it to each other, play for each other, I need one more day with you guys, I need to see what Theriot will wear tomorrow, I want to play defense behind Vogelsong because he’s never been to the playoffs..play for each other not yourself, win each moment, win each inning, it’s all we have left”.
I read this speech and was moved by the rawness of love, love for a brother, love for something bigger, love for the moment, love for leaving it all on the line. It is the reason we love the infinite, love our friends, family, love life, is because we know there is something bigger here and that we are bigger than we play, and then our partner, friend, stranger, reminds us that life is about now. Not tomorrow, not yesterday, but right now. Your back is against the wall, you are crying your guts out, you are healing, you have a presentation to give, where ever you are, give your best love, your best take on love, just give it all.
I remember going through a difficult stretch last year, and my daughter turning to me at 3 and half years old, hugging me tight and saying, “I love you Dad”. We all make a difference, we might see it, but we do.
Thank you to my friends, parents, sister, daughter, ex’s, teachers, family, publisher, Patheos, clients, radio guests, Agape, and everyone who has come into my life to support, love, give, accept, play, and laugh. You have made a huge difference in my life, and you know who you are.