Today I'm linking up to Lisa-Jo aka the gypsy mama, who chooses a topic every Friday and writes for five minutes.
Only five minutes
And the rule is that whatever you write about in that five minutes is what you posts. No editing your thoughts. Today, her topic choice is "catch....."
Ready. Set. Go......
When I think of the word catch, I think of baseball and a game of catch and release being played in the backyard on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I hear the crashing sound the ball makes as it slams into the leather glove, and in one quick swoop, the sound of releasing the ball into the air again. Never holding on to the ball as if it were a prize, just grasping it long enough for the experience then sending it off again. Maybe a lesson in a simple game of catch.
In hard and difficult times, people as a rule, for what ever reason are in a catch and keep mode of thinking. Whether driven by fear of what could happen tomorrow, or what is around the corner, or what next crisis is on its way, we hold on to what we are able to catch and squeeze it in the palm of our closed fist. Holding on tight. Fear of letting go. Afraid of it being lost. It is during these very times we often find ourselves trying to dodge and miss every curve ball which is thrown our way. We are looking for that perfect pitch, but are not equipped to handle that blessing when it comes. While looking for the next perfect pitch, we forget that it is impossible to grasp the bat correctly while we still have the ball in one hand, which is firmly being gripped and not released. Once in a catch only mode.....the cycle stops.....the space in the glove is full.....the next best blessing or ball is passed on.
Someone once said that a closed fist has no room for blessings, your hands need to be open to receive the blessings. A no truer statement was ever spoken. I spent a long time trying to catch every good thing that I saw come my way and squeeze the life out of it in fear of losing it. Where is the joy in that? We are not meant to catch and hold....we are meant to catch and release. To pass on what we can to those who may be in need, to be that blessing. To do so with a caring and giving heart, expecting nothing in return. A cheerful giver is always ready for the next big hit to come their way. They are ready because the glove on their hand is empty from enjoying the last ball just for an instant and releasing it again to where it might be needed.
Nothing like a good ole game of catch....there is a good feeling in the way the ball hits the palm of your gloved hand....but the true feeling of happiness and self worth is when you take the ball in your other hand and send it sailing across the sky........ on to someone else. What do you see when you look down at your baseball mitt? Do you see a gloved hand grasping tightly to a ball, or do you see an open glove empty waiting for the next big catch?? Something to consider.
******Disclaimer. Yes, this was baseball related. Yes, I am caught in the fever. Yes, the Texas Rangers are on their way to another World Series...I hope. Are you ready to CATCH the fever too???? Go RANGERS!!!
Have a wonderful weekend....play a little game of catch and release....it is a good feeling!
Five Minute Friday and read how others interpret the word Catch.......
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