Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
2022 Blog #41
October 17, 2022
Reflections the NY Mets and Adaptability
As I have said before I am a life-long fan of the NY Mets. I was ten years old when they pulled off the miracle in 1969 and the team ignited the NJ/NYC area. I was equally pleased with those other World Series appearances in 1973, 1986, 2000, and 2015. Even if the team loses in the World Series it is great to see them make it so far.
This year was very optimistic for those of us who are Met fans. We started out strong and had a good lead over the Braves in the first part of the season. Something happened at the All-Star break. The team was never the same after that. I suspect that the trades we made interrupted the chemistry of the team. Other fans from social media fan sites have speculated that the Mets started living off early season laurels and stopped playing up to their capabilities. I hope that this is not true, but too often in human nature we do focus so much on what we have done in the past that we forget to produce in the present.
I once knew a man with mental health issues and addiction issues who refused to get help. He lived his last years in a single room occupancy telling me about the awards and accomplishments that he had received in high school. He never lived in the present, only the past.
I’ve known churches who are declining and do no outreach or mission who can describe the great mission activities that their church engaged in during World War II.
No one loves studying history more than I do. We can learn great things from history if we are willing too. Yet, if celebrating history keeps us from being and doing in the present then we have missed the point of studying history. Learning history helps us perform today and that is the key to success. To thrive we must always learn from the past and adapt to new situations.
It is good when we can reflect on great doings from the past. Rather than keep us stuck in the past I hope that our histories can be motivators to do even better in the present and future. The way to the future is to do well in the present. I hope that we all take that lesson to heart. Innovation and adaptability is what keeps us from being backwashed in life.
I hope that my beloved Mets learn this lesson and earn a few championships next season.
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