Space and time
Right now I’m far from my dream. I’ve grown a lot as a pitcher and in my spirituality, but I know I have a ways to go beyond my current limits if I want to realize my dream. I hadn’t given much thought into the process behind the process of improvement. I mean, I always just thought you had to make a plan that you think will get you the results you want and stick with it. When I first became a real pitcher I didn’t have much of a plan for how to pitch or how to improve my pitching. Now, I’ve broken it down into physical, mental, and spiritual components. Improvement in these three areas leads to faster/sharper/filthier pitches thrown where I want them thrown with more and more accuracy. There’s a bit more to pitching than that, like game management, fielding, and leadership in the clubhouse, but to me that’s the bread and butter of it. Even though I’ve put a lot of thought into what drills/exercises I should do to improve in these areas, I haven’t thought about the process going on behind the drills/exercises. In the words of the new Avicii song Trouble, “I know that there’s a plan that goes way beyond mine. Got to step back just to see the design”. Here are some of my thoughts on the plan behind the plans I’ve been making.
It hit me one night while I was reading the follow book:
earlier this week. Dr. Consigli states, “it is at the boundaries between fluid surfaces that water shows its greatest sensitivity: the interactions between forces and currents materialize new forms” (123). He then relates this to developing anything new or improving one’s self. I learned that a space is created when a cell replicates itself. Space seems to be necessary for growth and development to occur at all levels of life. I’m not exactly sure how one creates space inside themselves to acquire new skills or abilities in a better way, but I’m aware of it now. Maybe it’s as simple as having an open attitude towards new experiences and ideas. Create more space inside of yourself so you can fill it up.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about how awesomely cool water is. I had no idea how extraordinary it truly is. The incomprehensableness [yes made that one up 😉 ] of water’s characteristics, how important it is to us and the earth, and how much we don’t know about it. My mind gets blown literally every couple of pages.
Now time. I’m not a huge fan of it. Is it even real? My feelings drastically changed about time after I realized how precious the present moment is. When I was throwing a couple weeks ago in a park, either October 21st or 22nd, I saw an interesting cloud in the sky. It looked like two equilateral triangles stacked on top of one another, but only touching at their points. Almost like an 8, except with two triangles. Also, the top triangle was mostly filled in with little puffy clouds. After staring at it for a few moments I decided it looked like a full hourglass. I didn’t know how to take it. Maybe it meant that my glass was full and I still have time to achieve my dream. All the sand was in the top part. Or maybe the mere appearance of the hourglass means I’m running out of time. That would make me sad. That would contradict every motivational video I’ve watched in the past couple of years. Or the 3rd option: it didn’t mean anything. It was just a cool cloud in the sky. Whichever option it was doesn’t change my attitude or my plan. If anything it just gives me extra confidence and extra motivation. I’m going to work as hard as I can, stick to my plan, and become the best pitcher I can be, regardless of what clouds I happen to see in the sky.