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Whether you are zeroed in on the World Series, the November elections, or daily life issues, the classic baseball poem “Casey at Bat” brings home a great lesson about being authentic. 

It was a rough day in Mudville the story goes.  And the outcome didn’t appear too promising. The game was in its final inning. The team was behind by more than one run and the fans weren’t having very much fun.

The crowd’s hopes were all but sunk when it appeared their favorite son wouldn’t get a chance to face the pitcher.  You see everything depended on Casey getting to bat, so they believed.  There was Flynn at the plate, but he was “no good.” And Jimmy Blake was to follow, but Blake was “a fake.”  Alas, hope was slim as the team was bound to go down.

Miraculously Flynn and Blake got on base which gave mighty Casey the chance he needed to save the day.  A home run would win the game and the fans were giddy with excitement. There was pride in his demeanor and a comforting smile on his face as he confidently strode to the plate.  It seemed without a doubt Casey would end his team’s scoring drought.

I’m sure you are familiar with the story’s climactic finish. Casey standing there with a lofty gaze didn’t even swing at the first couple of pitches… Read more

Classic baseball yarn a lesson on authenticity

It was a rough day in Mudville the story goes.  And the outcome didn’t appear too promising.  The game was in its final inning. The team was behind by more than one run and the fans weren’t having very much fun.

HealthInkLogo (1)The crowd’s hopes were all but sunk when it appeared their favorite son wouldn’t get a chance to face the pitcher.  You see everything depended on Casey getting to bat, so they believed.  There was Flynn at the plate, but he was “no good.” And Jimmy Blake was to follow, but Blake was “a fake.”  Alas, hope was slim as the team was bound to go down.

Miraculously Flynn and Blake got on base which gave mighty Casey the chance he needed to save the day.  A home run would win the game and the fans were giddy with excitement. There was pride in his demeanor and a comforting smile on his face as he confidently strode to the plate.  It seemed without a doubt Casey would end his team’s scoring drought.

I’m sure you are familiar with the story’s climactic finish. Casey standing there with a lofty gaze didn’t even swing at the first couple of pitches and with two strikes against him his visage turned first to stern resolve and then hatred.  Now was the time for a heroic ending to relieve any doubt, that was, of course, until mighty Casey spectacularly struck out!  Read more…

 

 

What did you expect?

Since this week’s theme has been centered on expectation, I thought you might enjoy this repost from February of this year.

Ever been caught off guard by someone you have met?  They act or respond in a manner unexpected.  The surprise might even register on your face.  Wow…I didn’t see that coming!

Jackie Evancho

Susan Boyle, Jackie Evancho, and Ted Williams are well known examples of people who have astonished us.  They are out of the norm in some regards. And that is part of the appeal. At first, you question what you are hearing and seeing.  Eventually, acceptance settles in.  What you are experiencing is authentic.

There is a great line in the Bible about being delivered from the expectation of the people.  Expectation can be a good thing, but sometimes it is a straightjacket.  Many would argue that their lives are impacted in some way by the expectations of others.

There are many illustrations.  For example, I am concerned with health issues that confront the people of our nation.   There is almost universal acceptance that when you catch a cold of flu, the affects have to last for a predetermined length of time.  That’s not law, just the expectation.  There is the anticipation that with age comes a variety of health problems.  It is a given…or is it?… Continue reading What did you expect?