Life throws curveballs. Everyone knows this. We casually throw the term out to people suffering all the time. We know they exist and yet are constantly surprised at when they happen to us. That is what the curve ball is and in fact as described by good ol’ Webster a curveball is
"a ball that is pitched with a snap of the wrist and a strong downward spin, which causes the ball to drop suddenly and deceptively veer away from home plate."
The most interesting word in this definition is “deceptively” . Even though we know curveballs exist when they happen to us we tend to feel decieved or slighted in a very personal way. That is because the curveball is designed exactly for that purpose. You think you see it coming one way and BOOM it goes another way. Suddenly you are caught of guard and you swing one way and you miss. Your in disbelief. You SWORE you saw it coming, you prepared for it, you swung as hard as you could and you missed. The best baseball players in the world know very well about the curveball and they prepare for it and at times can adjust to it but alas sometimes the curveball is just too quick and, they too, miss.
The way a baseball player deals with the curveball is pretty simple. Sometimes he hits sometimes he misses but he knows he will have another chance to hit it out of the park again. The curveball will happen to us as it does to everyone. The decision with what to do after is up to us. Prepare. Adjust. Swing with all your might. Try again the next time… but for God’s sake don’t give up. The curveballs of life do not have to be an end.. just a gateway to new beginnings. Keep swinging.