By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing,
“It’s the end of an era.” That’s what a lot of folks are saying with the passing of Yogi Berra. They’re also saying “Go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours,” because Yogi was a fantastic quote machine, an amazing ambassador for the great game of baseball, and a textbook example of a guy who paid little attention to textbooks.
See, Here’s The Thing; It’s always “the end of an era.” Nothing is as it was – ever. That’s why people over 40 have been complaining about “These kids today” since the dawn of time … or at least 40 years after the dawn of time … you know what I mean. Yogi himself said “The future ain’t what it used to be,” and like all of his famous quotes, it had a foundation of truth to it that was wise, if you could tunnel your way past his folksy, mangled English. We plan and plan and plan based on what we think the future holds, and God laughs and laughs and laughs. Growing up playing baseball, we were always taught as hitters to “Think fastball, adjust to the curve.” While that’s a bit oversimplified, it does hold true in that our ability to make adjustments holds the key to our happiness, whether it be in sports, in dating/marriage/family life, or if you pull away from the drive-thru and they’ve given you Hot Mustard sauce instead of Sweet & Sour. Sure, you want to go back at them like the bad guy in a Schwarzenegger movie, but that accomplishes nothing. Go forward. Move ahead. Try to detect it. It’s not too late to whip it. Whip it good. Wait, wrong quote. Yogi probably viewed anger about the past as a crowded restaurant. Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded. Folks, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace else.” Thats true, so adjust daily, and make the most of whatever comes your way.
Look, every day, an era ends and a new one begins. We cannot control that, all we can control is our reactions to it. So while we are grateful for having had Yogi in the world and say a heartfelt RIP, remember his underlying wisdom and think of tomorrow this way: Life, like baseball, is 90% mental. The other half is physical. Sleep well, Yogi.