Updated: Jun 14, 2019
*names have been changed to protect the innocent
Only 5 days into this journey and I can't wait to sit down at the end of the day and write. I find myself consumed in thought, taking notes on things throughout the day that prove valuable in the moment and maybe will prove invaluable in the future. I am definitely more present in every moment. Present is the wrong word. Intentional is a better fit. I would characterize myself as one who stays in the moment, where my feet are, if you will. But I feel like I am now more intentional about the type of impact I can have in a given moment. Today during a game, I sought out one of the players I coach after he struck out in his first at bat. Ernest is as introverted as they come. I realized that if he had something he needed to say, he might need a coach to tease it out of him. I was right. I started talking to him about his hitting approach, digging deep to find out what he was thinking. We talked also about his fishing trips with his grandfather and his Chevy Silverado, my attempt to ease some anxiety, and to bring him back to the joy of the game. We choose to play baseball, just like we choose to go fishing when we have a free day and want to get out of the house. Our conversation didn't guarantee that he would hit three doubles...and it didn't guarantee that he wouldn't...he didn't; but he did finish the game with three quality at bats; an 8 pitch ad bat ending in a 3-2 single up the middle, a sharp ground out to 3B and an 8th inning sacrifice fly that provided us with a valuable insurance run). After the game, he patted me on the arm and said, "Thanks." Remember what is really important. Believe in yourself. And take sometime to talk to an introvert today. It could mean more than you will ever be able to comprehend.