Have you ever said to a family member or friend that you see at a wedding or funeral something like “We should get together more often. Not just for a wedding or a funeral.” Yet, when is the next time you see that person? Probably the next wedding or funeral you attend.
It happens all the time to people because life gets in the way. Things we feel like we have to do always seem to get in the way of things we’d like to do.
62 years ago today, April 30, 1939, Lou Gehrig played his last baseball game. One of the best pure hitters in baseball and truly one of the all-time greats, was forced to leave the game due to an illness that would later bear his name. He was honored by the New York Yankees later that year before a game on July 4th in Yankee Stadium. That famous moment (and the life and story of Gehrig) was immortalized in Pride of the Yankees, a movie starring Gary Cooper.
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Focus, Not Fear
This post isn’t meant to worry you or be grim in any way. It’s just intended to serve as a wake up call for all of us to stop gravitating to the status quo, staying entrenched in our comfort zones and putting off until tomorrow what could be done today.
Lou Gehrig had a hell of a career, true hall of fame numbers and historic leadership that will rarely be repeated in the history of sports. He didn’t become a legend because of the moving speech he uttered on that day in Yankee Stadium. He became a legend because he came to work each day since replacing Wally Pipp in 1925 in the Yankees line up and being the best fielder, hitter and teammate he could for an amazing 2130 consecutive games over 13 years.
Today is another game day. It’s another day that your name in the starting line up.
Don’t take it for granted. Just get out there and play as if it’s your last game.
One of these days, it will be.
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