Take Me Out To The Ballgame

This week I am sharing some pictures taken by my daughter at the new Ballpark In Arlington. This is a brand new ballpark stadium where the Texas Rangers Baseball Team plays. Baseball is one of my very favorite sports to watch. I am not the kind of fan that doesn't miss a ballgame I am the kind of fan that just enjoys a good ballgame. My dear hubby and my children absolutely love watching sports of any kind on t.v. as well as at the actual field or court. I personally prefer to be at the actual ballgame. I enjoy a good baseball game no matter who the team is.

The Rangers are having a pretty good season this year. So many fans are pretty excited this year. Have you ever noticed how fickle fans can be? Even with high school teams. The more the team wins the more fans you will see at ballgames.

Fans can be your biggest supporters when you are winning but they can become your biggest critics when you are not winning. People naturally like to follow someone who is on their way up. I think a true fan is someone who will lift you up when you are down and cheer you on when you are up.
Those are the same traits I look for in friends. I do not want to be surrounded with fair weather friends who only want to share my good times. I also do not want friends who only want to be my friend in times of drama and trauma.

Those who are there through thick and thin are the ones who are my true friends. This kind of friend is not common. It isn't really hard to be this kind of friend it just takes commitment and sometimes lots of forgiveness and grace. Most of my closest friends have done things at one time or another to anger me or hurt my feelings but I decided to not let that end our friendship. It is the same in any relationship. It is simply being committed to not giving up.

This is not painless. Many times there is much pain, but I have found that later after it is resolved and forgiveness has been given then these very trying times and then the happier times together help to make that bond of friendship and love even stronger.

I would like to encourage you in your friendships and relationships. Step up to the plate in the good times and the bad times. It will not always work out. Sometimes the relationship gets thrown out no matter what you do but you go back to the dugout knowing you tried and you didn't give up.

There will be those relationships that will survive because you kept trying and when you look back you will be glad. There is so much joy to be found in those relationships that have been with you through the good and the bad.

I am not talking about a relationship where one is abused or used but instead a relationship where each person has give and take. It isn't a perfect relationship because that does not exist. It is a good relationship though because it can survive the ups and the downs.

I would also like to encourage you to go to a ballgame every once in a while. Not just because a team is winning (although that is fun) but just for the fun of being at a ballgame.

It doesn't have to be a professional ballgame (although that is fun too)

At professional ballgames I find myself watching the crowd as much or more than the ballgame. There is so much going on all around you that it is almost impossible to be bored.

And there is always the possibility that you will get to see a really good game.

And whether it is just a little kids t-ball game or a professional game you get to witness a little piece of history.

You get to have a new experience that you can remember and tell others about.

And you can someday say, "I was there when that happened." This is true of ballgames as well as relationships.

Have a great week.
Until Next Time

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mbkatc230 said...

Great pictures. This really is a beautiful ballpark. I love seeing baseball games in person, not so much on TV. But I will be glued to the set tonight - Hook Em! Kathy

ClassyChassy said...

Great post - lots to think about! Have a great week too!

Charli and me said...

Lot's of good advice here. I enjoyed reading your post. I think people in general give up to easiliy on relationships these days.

LWHPA said...

Im a big sport fan and have become a hugh fan of the Rangers since we left the Tx Panhandle..
Im watching the CWS and root'in for UT even though Im SOONER BORN SOONER BRED...RAH OKLAHOMA..I love watching a good ball club...Gett'in Oggie...Debbie's Husband

LWHPA said...

Get em Oggie