A Month of Gratitude, 30

I’m excited to hand over the lost slot in this Month of Gratitude to a guest blogger.  This post from The Emerging Dancer fits nicely into the theme of the month and is fitting for closing this month long series of posts.  And ironically, as I didn’t know what he was going to write about ahead of time, it perfectly segues into an upcoming post from me.  Until then, read on, friends.  -AD

#30: Second Chances, by The Emerging Dancer

In our world where learning is iterative, knowledge accumulated is never comprehensive, and the conviction to apply acquired knowledge is often lacking, what beautiful and necessary things Second Chances are. When I’m able to learn from a failure and take advantage of a Second Chance, there is no feeling quite like it. It’s about resilience. It’s about perseverance. It’s about patience. It’s about humility.

I believe life is like baseball. You know the game will end at some point, but you are always in the game until the final out is called. In basketball, soccer, football, or hockey, if you are at a significant deficit with seconds remaining on the clock, you simply run out of Second Chances. Yes, the hourglass drains in both baseball and life, but its rate is highly variable and unpredictable, and the hourglass is opaque. That’s my kind of game, where you never know when the final out will occur, and you always have a Second Chance.

Second Chances provide hope. Second Chances provide opportunities for forgiveness and redemption. Nothing in life can be undone, but even when life reaches its lowest points and most lonely depths, there remain Second Chances. Today I am thankful for Second Chances.

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