Top of the 9th, coated in sweat, Minnesota Twins down 2-12. Why am I still at this game?
Though I was enjoying our Bluewater team outing, the heat combined with a long game was definitely getting to everyone. I’ve never stayed until the end of a baseball game in my life, let alone when it’s a scorching 90 degrees.
As I looked down on the field, I noticed two outfielders running to their positions, talking and laughing along the way. How could they be laughing? They’re losing by 10 runs and must be roasting in their long pants and dark jerseys. To top it off, they have the one of the league’s worst records.
Those guys are together out on the field for 162 games a year. They dedicate their lives to the sport. During each season, they not only come together as a team, but become like family as they spend countless days and nights away from home.
Now, I’m not hinting at dedicating your lives to your job or trying to give you advice on how to build a team in the workplace. Instead, I’m just highlighting a life lesson I learned from a major league baseball game.
Life is about more than earning a huge salary, as I’m sure most of those players do. But money alone couldn’t get them through 7 months of menial family and friend time. Life is about smiling and having a good time. Those outfielders could’ve been making a joke about how terrible the game was, but they were still laughing.
As my yoga teacher always says: “SMILE!”
Who knows how many people’s days you can brighten by just smiling at them and saying hello. Those outfielders made do with the situation, and seeing their positivity was infectious. Instead of focusing on sweating in misery, I took on a ‘Twins mentality’ and thought, “Hey – at least I’m getting a tan!”
What do you do to change your outlook? What simple things in life help you see the big picture? What are your “day-makers”?