“I have been walking onto ball fields for sixteen years, and I’ve never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. I have had the great honor to have played with these great veteran ball players on my left — Murderers Row, our championship team of 1927. I have had the further honor living and playing with these men on my right — the Bronx Bombers, the Yankees of today. I have been given fame and undeserved praise by the boys up there behind the wire, my friends, the sports writers. I have worked under the two greatest managers of all times, Miller Huggins and Joe McCarthy. I have a moth3r and father who fought to give me health and a solid background in my youth. I have a wife, a companion for life, who has shown me more courage than I ever knew. People all say that I’ve had a bad break. But today — today I consider myself the luckiest man on earth.” Lou Gehrig’s “Farewell to Baseball Address” at Yankee Stadium
Wow, what a wonderful speech! What powerful words, straight from the heart! It’s so easy when tough times hit us, to look for the reasons why, to drag ourselves down by complaining or feeling low because something didn’t go our way: We’re struggling with a story, it’s been rejected, we can’t find the right editor to take it, we’re not feeling well, we feel put upon by circumstances.
Whatever the problems we face — and there may be many of them — let’s take a leaf from Lou. Let’s turn away from the downward spiral that negativity will plunge us into and let’s count our blessings. We are alive, we have work to do that fulfills us, we have friends who encourage and nourish us, families who believe in us. When we bring precious gifts like these to the page, we have everything we need to thrive and succeed, don’t we? So let’s count our many blessings as we all write on.