What is the ultimate goal on the softball field? Written By Charity Butler
What is the ultimate goal on the softball field? We all want to be safe at home, right? One particular week, though, making it safely home took on a whole new meaning for me.
The other American players and I decided to go exploring. One morning, we hopped on our bikes and headed toward The Hill. The Hill is more like a small mountain to this Southern girl!
After the wearying upward trek, we did some bike riding and exploring.
We also climbed up and down rocky paths, saw some waterfalls, and discovered several breathtaking lookout points. We could see the whole city from up there.
Finally, we mounted our bikes and were off again. After our exploration, though, the ride down was a welcomed break.
I was the fourth and final rider as we began our descent. Our route down was different than the one taken on our initial climb.
With the help of gravity, we accelerated at a break-neck pace. The ride became more exciting… and scary.
I began to feel somewhat out of control, actually. I attempted to brake but only continued to pick up speed. This situation truly was out of control!
My three fellow explorers were screeching to a halt ahead. I was gaining speed by the second. “DON’T stop! DON’T stop! I can’t stop!!”
Whoosh! I flew by, narrowly missing all three of my friends. They watched helplessly as I zoomed down the hill and toward a dangerously sharp “S” curve.
Fortunately, I was able to slow enough to put my foot down as a make-shift break. After skidding another 100 yards or so, I hopped to a shaky stop just short of the curve. Only feet past the abrupt bend in the road, sat a guard rail and then a steep drop.
If my friends had not stopped, I would have never made that turn.
Since we all ended up making it down the mountain in one piece, the situation became rather amusing. We reenacted my panicky shrieks and the not-so-graceful stop all the way “home”.
I was thankful to narrowly escape a potentially dreadful situation and be able to laugh about it. The Hill was an adventure, to say the least.
Thinking back on the ordeal, it would have been helpful to talk with someone who traveled the path previously, before we attempted to make the ride down. They could have warned us of the dangers ahead.
The same principle is applicable in my own life. I cannot always see what lies ahead. Sometimes the pace gets so fast that I do feel out of control.
Seeking the advice of those who have gone before has kept me from racing around some dangerous bends. I am grateful for those who have encouraged me to make correct choices.
I am thankful for their words of warning, and their shining examples. The wisdom, discipline and direction I have gained from others are invaluable assets on this crazy ride we call life.
In the bigger picture, I have come to vividly understand the need for direction and protection from the Creator of The Hill. He knows every curve, bump and obstacle in the road. All I must do is trust Him.
Even when I find myself “up the creek without a paddle” or “down the mountain without brakes,” I know He will lead me safely home. That is my ultimate goal.
Charity Butler is respected nationally & internationally as a pro athlete, writer, speaker, collegiate coach, hitting instructor and Certified Intrinsic Life Coach®.
Charity, a Two-Time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, played Division I softball at the University of Southern Mississippi. Upon graduation, she launched a professional softball career that has taken her across the U.S. and literally around the world.
Currently, as a Pro Speaker for Sports World, Inc, Charity travels the country speaking to more than 40,000 people annually. As a recognized expert in confidence training, she also presents at various conferences, colleges & universities.
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