Sometimes, we have to punt

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Our family is a baseball family, but I could not find a suitable comparison to “having to punt” in baseball, so I am switching sports temporarily.  There is no one that I know of that wouldn’t love to score or to win or to have everything good happen to them.  Do you know any people like that?  People who have just said that “having good things happen to me would be a bad thing?”  I understand it if people feel that nothing good ever happens to them, but even that is a matter of perspective.  As the football team, heads into the opposing team’s part of the field, the team on offense, wants to get into that end zone.  They want to score.  Sometimes, they would rather put some points on the board with a field goal if they can’t get the touchdown.  Points win games.  But when you are deep in your own territory, have run out of downs and can’t get a first down, or time is running out, sometimes, you have to punt.  You have to give up the ball and let the other team have it for a while.  Maybe it is not a long time, because your team intercepts he ball or they have to punt it back to you.  Hopefully, they don’t score on you.  So, what is the purpose of this post?  Here it is…sometimes, we have to just do the best we can with what we have.  We have not been successfully in reaching our goals, but we are further than we were before.  We have to surrender…we have to give in…we have to learn to fight another day.  We have to accept what lay in front of us at this very moment.  Is what we wish for?  No.  Life happens like that.  I am pretty sure that I can think of a few things that I wish I could take back or change.  But I can’t.  So I move forward, knowing that I did the best I could then.  Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons we don’t necessarily want to learn and it is in those lessons that we learn the most.  Maybe we learn at what we should do or say the next time we are in a similar situation.  Maybe we find a way to make it better.  Some things are out of our control and being upset about them or dwelling on them does not fix them. So, we just punt.  And as quickly as we get the ball to the other side of the field, we sprint down there to try to take it back again.  Because regardless of how many times we have to punt, we will always want to get into that end zone so we can score.  “Here Goes” by Bebo Norman

Michelle A. Homme 2014 ©

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