Day 9- A Month of Seussisms- Big Bats

“I learned there are troubles

of more than one kind.

Some come from ahead

and some come from behind.

But I’ve brought a big bat.

I’m all ready you see.

 Now my troubles are going

   to have troubles with me “

                       ˜Dr. Seuss, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew

Trouble “seems” to follow some people around like a Blue Tick hound on a scent.  Others “appear” to have the protection of invisible electric fences, richocheting troubles off of them like superballs, so that to the onlooker, their lives rarely seem problematic.  The key word there is “seem”.  For whether you’re Oprah, Romney, Depak, Peyton, Demi, or you or me; while we may not all be traveling in the same boat on the ocean of life, it’s still the very same ocean, and each of us is made of the very same stuff.  We all must eventually come face to face with and navigate our way through life’s troubles.

Winds blow.  Waves roll, tumble, and crash.  Beaches erode.  Tides deposit both treasures and trash.  Currents carry us to and fro.  Salt burns.  Salt heals.  Whether we’re navigating in a dingy or a multimillion dollar yacht, our approach is the aggregator.  Are we on deck, ready to go?  Do we have our big bat with us?  Are we armed with the confidence needed to keep us going?

That breed of confidence is born on the day we toss our victim mentality overboard.  No matter what type of battle we’re fighting and we’re all wrestling with at least one;  it’s up to us to choose to pick up the big bat, say, believe and act like we are stronger that the foe we’re facing or just call it a day, succumb and wave the white flag of surrender.

I vote big bat!  We won’t always hit it out of the park.  We’ll probably even miss a lot of the time, but that’s OK.  I will though, bet my puny paycheck that no one’s life has ever been a complete no-hitter, no matter how negative things may have seemed.  The terrapins know that slow and steady wins the race.  Softball and baseball players know a good defense and single base hit after single base hit is all you need to rack up the home runs and win the game.

So will you stand on deck with your big bat, ready to swing?  I hope so, because I’ve got my Power Bat and I’ll be right behind you in the hole. 

Peace and Love


from “Hard Luck” by Edgar Albert Guest 1881-1959

Ain’t no use as I can see

In sitting underneath a tree

An growlin’ that your luck is bad,

An that your life is extry sad;

Your life ain’t sadder than your neighbor’s

Nor any harder are your labors;

It rains on him the same as you,

An’ he has work he hates to do;

An’ he gits tired an’ he gets cross,

An’ he has trouble with the boss;

You take his whole life, through and through,

Why, he’s no better off than you.


“Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes 1902-1967

Well son, I’ll tell you:

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

It’s had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor-


But all the time

I’se been a-climbin on,

And reachin’ landin’s,

And turnin’ corners,

And sometimes goin’ in the dark

Where there ain’t been no light.

So boy, don’t you turn back.

Don’t you set down on the steps

‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.

Don’t you fall now-

For I’se still goin’ honey,

I’se still climbin’,

And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

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