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The One Who Changes EVERYTHING. It Could Be You.
By Jamie Collins
Reprinted with permission from The Paralegal Society, a forum created to educate, motivate, and inspire paralegals.
This article takes us back a few months into the middle of baseball season for “the little man,” otherwise known as Gavin, my elementary age cutie. Gavin’s team found themselves playing one of the best teams in the league, a team that actually went on to win the championship later that season. But on this particular day they were just another baseball team attempting to beat my son’s team, the Rangers, in a regular season game. What happened that day inspired me both personally and professionally.
Gavin’s team was good. But the other team was strong. They were confident. They executed the majority of the plays that came their way that day successfully. The score was 4-0. We were the zero, in case you were wondering. Hope was fading fast. In the third inning, Gavin was batting in the third slot. (Those of you that love baseball realize the significance of that particular spot in the batting order. For those of you who don’t, the number 3 and number 4 spots typically go to solid players the coach can count on to secure a hit, make it on base, and drive in runs. You can think of them as a bit of an insurance plan intended to set the team up for success…or go down swinging.)
Anyway, my kid’s team was losing. They had no runs. The other team, now up by four runs, brimmed with skill and confidence. Our team’s inspiration (or should I say, what little was left of it) was waning. The first two kids up to bat on our side struck out, one right after the other. Gavin was next up to bat. I expected him to feel defeated. To bow down to thoughts of an imminent loss; it hung thick in the invisible air. It would have been understandable, given the circumstances. He made his way toward the batter’s box. And when he did, I noticed something as he strode toward home plate. What I noticed was fire in his eyes. I know the look: fierce determination, the fighting spirit, the gaze you can’t deny. It’s the one that says, “Don’t count me out. I’m here to make things happen.” You can spot it from a mile off. He was in the zone. Winning, losing, or striking out swinging – he was all in. It took me aback. He didn’t care that his team was losing. He didn’t care that they had zero runs. He was going to give it all he had.