Adolescence and Change


Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

“When you become a teenager, you step onto a bridge. You may already be on it. The opposite shore is adulthood. Childhood lies behind. The bridge is made of wood. As you cross, it burns behind you” Gail Carson Levine, an American author.

Interesting thought. On the one hand your perspective is changing radically. You are beginning a lifetime of self and “other” discovery in a new paradigm.

However, the scars of your childhood are deep in your subconscious mind. They can burn over a lifetime or they may not.

I am still making that journey in my eighth decade. The good Lord makes all things new every morning for many of us. Our end involves becoming more human in his hands, if, we have chosen to follow his lead. I did so 36 years ago and have not looked back. It is the central core of my life.

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Character Counts

“I’ve just learned over a period of time that, hey, you just live your life, try to do the right things, seize the moment, and enjoy as much as you can,” he said. “Enjoy this ride…” Dusty Baker, a lifer in Major League Baseball, now manager of the Houston Astros, playing today for the World Series Championship. 

Dusty also said, and I thought I’d find a comment like this: “People always see the successes, but they don’t see the failures in your life. They don’t see the times when you’re going broke, losing money, getting divorced, and thought you hit rock bottom. The Lord gives you the sense of purpose that you have to have. There are many people out there who are faithless and feel a sense of hopelessness and despair. I’m here to tell them that if you persevere, the Lord will always come through and deliver you.” 

When I lived in Atlanta, Dusty played for the Braves. When I lived in LA, he played for the Dodgers. I am 77 and he is 73. I have always been a fan. 

They say he is the consummate players’ manager. It seems his players love to play for him. “We love going out there every day and competing for him.” Alex Bregman, the Houston Astros’ third baseman.

If Dusty wins his first World Series as a manager of the Astros, perhaps even some of the Phillies will be happy for him. Stranger things have happened.