The greatest hitter in the world from the perspective of a little boy. You’ll love the end to the story I found on Barry Erdman’s humor page.
- A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strutted through the backyard, wearing his baseball cap and toting a ball and bat. “I’m the greatest hitter in the world,” he announced.
- Then, he tossed the ball into the air, swung at it, and missed.
“Strike One!” he yelled. Undaunted, he picked up the ball and said again, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” He tossed the ball into the air.
- When it came down he swung again and missed. “Strike Two!” he cried.
The boy then paused a moment to examine his bat and ball carefully. He spit on his hands and rubbed them together.
He straightened his cap and said once more, “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” Again he tossed the ball up in the air and swung at it. He missed. “Strike Three!”
- Wow!” he exclaimed. “I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”
If you take a look at the picture you will notice an umpire too (not mentioned in the tale above). The umpire is the like the observer of your mind.
As you become aware and notice your own thoughts you can “step back” from the difficult feelings, thoughts and sensations that come with living life. This “stepping back” is not done to eliminate difficult feelings but to become aware of your internal experience. Hence, sometimes we do strike out and it can feel uncomfortable.
Consequently, when you become aware and notice your mind’s thoughts, “I am a failure, I’m no good,” you can create space to make choices about the workability of your behavior.
“How’s that working for you?” is found in the space of the observer.
- If you participated in the workshop, “You’re Not Who You Think You Are,” your comments are welcome.
Photo by: Gregg Michael Photography