OK, I admit it. I’ve been totally obsessed with the Red Sox over the past two weeks … and I doubt that will end any time soon.
Not with the World Series upcoming. (World Series, doesn’t that sound sweet?)
But given how much of my psychic energy — and basic sanity — I’ve invested in this, I figured I’d try and get something more than baseball out of it.
Something like, say, a Life Lesson.
Actually, that’s not too hard because there’s a lot to be learned from this team. Because the 2018 Sox really are a Team.
I’ve watched at least part of most every game this season and these guys have a special bond. Not only do they work together, they support each other, cheer each other on and they seem to genuinely like each other. Given the tone that manager Alex Cora has set, it’s not surprising that the team would respond in kind.
I mean, who among us doesn’t do a better job when we like the people we work with. And for people we know have our back.
Thankfully, I'm fortunate on both fronts. But I realize that isn’t the case everywhere … and, going beyond the workplace it’s definitely not the case in the society we’re living in now.
I have to say it really bothers me that so many folks are so nasty to each other. They can’t seem to talk about anything without the conversation devolving into verbal mud wrestling. And the fact that some of them happen to be relatives doesn’t ease the rancor. Sometimes it makes things even worse.
With the holidays here before we know it, I’m making an early Christmas wish: That we all take a deep breath and think about what we say before we say it. That we strive for a bit more Peace on Earth.
Of course, I know not everybody will go along with that. So I’m asking those who do to sometimes swallow hard and, yes, take the high road.
If it means changing the subject or simply not going there in the first place, then Just Do It. It’s hard to start a fight if the other party won’t engage.
Maybe that sounds like I’m wimping out. Maybe I am. But I know that’s what I do in my circles, both personal and professional, and despite some strikingly significant differences — particularly when it comes to the “P” word (Yep, politics) — it seems to do the trick. We respect each other and we get along. Despite our disparate opinions.
I’m pretty sure that every member of the Boston Red Sox doesn’t share an identical world view. I’m willing to bet that they don’t see eye to eye on a lot of stuff.
But that hasn’t kept them from connecting and accepting and coming together as a true Team.
If only we all could do the same. And heck, we’d have a ready-made name.
We could call ourselves Americans.