It was a line drive to center field.
the ball bounced straight toward our son.
He went down to scoop it up and….
“Shake it off John” came the encouragement from the bench
He told us later, he bought his glove at a second-hand sporting goods store and the mitt really isn’t big enough for soft balls
“Shake it off”….
Those words came back to me on Saturday.
I called my brother to talk about work.
Instead of getting a sympathetic ear, I felt like he was a little “snarky”/ I was asked to do some side work for another family member,…for half my normal wages. I mentioned this to my brother, who said, “Well, it’s better than nothing”
I was tempted to cop a small attitude…when suddenly I hear the words…”shake it off”….
I could either replay this conversation in my head several times and let it sour my Saturday morning, or….
refuse to think anymore about it.
I chose the latter.
Last night when wife and daughter #3 got home from running errands she told me, she had had a very very close call in the car.
as in…could have been fatal.
After she left the grocery store, she had to cross two lanes of traffic…a pick up was coming from her left/ had his turning signals on…rather than wait,just to make sure, she took off…out of the corner of her eye, she saw another vehicle …
“Why I didn’t get hit, I’ll never know, she told me…he laid on the horn, I gunned it, just as soon as I saw him..it left me shaking… Normally, that sort of thing would have bugged me the rest of the day. I would have kicked myself for being so stupid…then I heard “shake it off. You’d be proud of me, for the most part, that is what I did.”
In the mid 1980′s I was challenged with the concept of being more intentional about what I allow my mind to dwell on. At the time, I thought it sounded like a bunch of non-sense. I remember thinking there was no way, I could have control over my thoughts…after all, my thoughts were just…there…thoughts are automatic right?
Nope, they’re not.
I discovered, once I started paying attention to what I think about, I can begin to take an active part in what I allow my mind to ruminate on…
Is it easy?
Is it possible?
Feel free to disagree with me.
all I know is, that the day to day quality of my life is directly affected by my thought life.
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.
Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day.
The content of your character is your choice.
Day by day, what you do is who you become.
Your integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way.”
What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever had to “shake off”?
Is there something that’s currently “sucking the life out of you?” Tell me about it.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and stay in touch. DM