Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

So here we are at the end of another baseball season and a new World Series champion has been crowned.  Although I absolutely love the playoffs, this time of the year has always been a bit sad for me.  You see, I like baseball and let me tell you why.  It’s not the fresh air or highly skilled players, nor the smell of the grass and popcorn or its captivating history.  It’s not even the intellectual side of the game or the beautiful new architectural masterpieces that are called ballparks these days.   I like baseball because it is a timeless game.

 You see in baseball there are no clock, no 12 or 15 minute quarters and no halftime to speak of.  It is timeless and full of possibility, just like our lives.  Yes, there are 9 innings in a regulation game, but there are no rules that state how long those innings must go. 

If you are anything like me caught up in society’s drive to live your life by clocks and watches, marching from one task to another because of your schedule, you know and feel that it can weigh quite heavily on you.    It is hard not to fall into this trap.  Everything is based upon time in our lives.  What time we need to wake up at, get to work by, what time school starts/ends, when we need to pick up our kids, etc.  I think you get the picture.  We are slaves to time.  It is a subconscious pressure that is always nipping at our heels never really allowing us to be free. 

Baseball isn’t like that…baseball is on its own schedule.  When you are at a baseball game you are taking a timeout from your busy life; you aren’t looking at your watch or at a scoreboard that tells you how much time is left in the game.  In other words you are living in the present moment. 

Living in the present moment is the key to living a happy and fulfilled life.   The beauty of baseball is that it sits comfortably in the gap between the past and the future… there is no feeling guilty about the past and fearing the future at a baseball game.  Baseball allows us to focus on the here and now…baseball is timeless.  

So yes, I also enjoy the sunshine, the smell of grass and popcorn as well as the high level of play…but they are all just icing on the cake for me.  The real reason that I enjoy baseball is because I am able to forgot everything else in my life and just BE for the duration of the game.  Too bad they don’t play double headers anymore…

Published by: gbrianbenson

Founder of Reawaken Media. Writer, multiple award-winning author, TEDx speaker, actor, filmmaker, storyteller, inspirational poet, radio personality, finisher of over 50 triathlons (including 4 Ironman distance races) and cross-country bicyclist. 2016 is already heating up for Brian as he he has a recurring part on the new TV show Sangre Negra, has been invited to give a TEDx talk in Pasadena at the end of May, was interviewed for the soon to be released documentary The Last Formula and will be releasing his new film short Searching for Happiness in early summer. In addition to acting in TV and film, Brian enjoys creating his own projects. In 2011 Brian created Guitar Man, a movie project that he wrote, produced and acted in that was filmed in downtown Reno, Nevada. The movie was written by Brian with the idea of sharing the messages ‘that we all have a lot in common’ and ‘that our true gifts reside within ourselves.’ Guitar Man was well received and was accepted to 11 movie festivals and was a winner at the Love Unlimited Film and Art Festival, won an honorable mention prize in the narrative short category at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards as well as a Golden Reel Award from the Nevada Film Festival. Before Brian got into acting he authored four books, including Brian’s List – 26 1/2 Easy To Use Ideas on How to Live A Fun, Balanced, Healthy Life! which was the winner of a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Self-Help category. Brian’s latest book Finding Your Voice was an award-winning Finalist in both the 2013 USA Book News and the Indie Excellence Book Awards. Brian lives in Los Angeles, California and will be releasing his first children's book "Steve the Alien" in late October of 2016. Visit Brian's website - www.gbrianbenson.com

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2 thoughts on “Take Me Out to the Ballgame…”

  1. Thanks Brian for this magical way to make us feel and enjoy Life…you’re totally right, here we are running from one base to another one, feeling the passion of BEING part of the GAME with specific position on the field. Playing the best I Am and in my personal situation, uncertain weather or state of being of my co-players IS delightful! and I Am dancing over HOME once, twice and again and again smiling.

  2. What a great analogy Brian! I never looked at baseball this way but I got it! I guess you could say that it shows us that we’re doing things that really do put us in the moment w/o ever consciously knowing it. Very fun. I will be on the lookout for other ways we are doing this! Touche :0)

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