Moving From the Minors to the Majors
Sometimes you strike out more times than you hit a home run. Life is about handling the strikeouts — adjusting your strategy after each pitch, adjusting your swing after a strike and being ready for the next pitch.
J. Williamson Moses
Sometimes you strike out more times than you hit a home run. Life is about handling the strikeouts — adjusting your strategy after each pitch, adjusting your swing after a strike and being ready for the next pitch. As you move from one league to another, there’s a period of adjustment to be made — each league has its own challenges and skill sets. You’ve got to handle them all.
In February 2012, I suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage, and I moved from one league to another. I thought I had been demoted, moving from the majors to the minors, but I have since found out I was wrong. I was actually promoted, moving from the minors to the majors — that other league was a piece of cake. This post-stroke league is no cakewalk.
To succeed in this league requires determination, unbound energy and constant practice. It’s filled with challenges and requires you to have full confidence in yourself and your abilities. You need to have the flexibility and the physical and mental toughness to step up your game after each pitch and always be ready for the next. You have to be flexible enough to make the needed adjustments, even if you have never seen that type of pitch before. I have found you have to have vigor and passion to succeed, and an attitude to never quit.
Remember Babe Ruth? He is famous for his 714 career home runs. But did you know that he struck out 1,330 times in that same career? He could have taken the easy route and quit after so many strikeouts, but he didn’t. Instead, at his next opportunity, he walked to the plate with more determination and faced the next pitcher with vigor, going for his next home run. In 1927, Babe Ruth broke the record for most home runs in a single season (60), but he also struck out 89 times that year.
I haven’t broken any records yet, but I’m still swinging every day in my personal life. My lack of record breaking isn’t because I lack desire or determination — that is definitely in me. I just need to get up to bat more often. Perhaps this year I will break my own personal records for my most home runs and most strikeouts. Both will be great records because they mean I have not quit but am willing and ready to get back to the plate, to face the next pitch and swing for my next home run.
J. Williamson Moses, Survivor
San Antonio, Texas