Growing up in New York, I will always be a New York Yankee fan. I remember my childhood heroes who included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford. Then as an adult I admit to admiring Derek Jeter and Aaron Judge.
But there were times when the Yanks did not play in the World Series, and my heart did wander. When I was in the seminary at Unity Village (which is outside of Kansas City) I was swept up with Kansas City Royals fever when they twice made it all the way to the World Series. Meanwhile, I have lived most of my life in the greater Washington D.C. area. So how could I not be thrilled when baseball came back to the nation's capital? Their new stadium is fantastic, and I cheered for the Washington Nationals, except when they played the Yankees.
But in all seriousness, I think there are some great lessons to be learned from both the championship Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals, including:
--Neither the Royals nor the Nationals were favored to win the World Series, but neither team let that color their thinking.
--Both teams pictured victory in their heads. They were both modest, but even in the face of a few defeats they continued to picture the possible.
--There were serveral specific games where both the Royals and the Nationals fell way behind. But they made fantastic comebacks in the late innings.
All to often many people give up-- and are willing to toss their dreams and visions overboard-- if all of their ducks are not swiming in perfect rows as planned. In doing so they often snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. Many will say, "I am too old," or "I can never accomplish my dreams."
How often do so many of us defeat ourselves? But there is a better way. We can remember that we are "one with the One," that "all things are possible for those who believe," and this includes you and me-- and not just the Royals and the Nationals!