Has this ever happened to you?
Life is going along
… a few hiccups here
… a few hiccups there.
But then a curveball comes
… out of nowhere!

Has it ever happened to you?
Of course it has.
… wouldn’t be life
without curveballs.

Sometimes the curveballs are such that
… they are predictable.
Sometimes they are
… anything but predictable.

… when the vet said, “It’s time.  There is no cure for your beloved pet, only suffering”
and you know you have to do
… what you have to do.
But you don’t want to do it.

… the day the driver in the car
blinded by the sun
… behind the woman on a bike ride
ran into her.
Your friend died
… and he lived
knowing he had killed another human being.

… when the symptoms began gradually
but weren’t recognized as  “symptoms”
until it became clear that something-wasn’t-quite-right.
The testing and waiting
… for tests began
Then the waiting
… for results
And then diagnosis.
… the big “C.”

No one goes through life without a curveball or two
… or twenty-two
or …

But life isn’t about the *number* of curve balls.
Life is about adjusting our perspective and
… not letting them define us
… not letting them destroy us.

… happens.
And it’s up to us
… to learn how to handle them.

© June Maffin


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