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Sometimes, Round Two: Day 10 of 365 – The Curve Ball That Doesn’t!

Sometimes The World Throws You A Curve Ball That Doesn’t!

I love baseball! I love playing and watching baseball almost more than anything in the world! I especially love to watch pitchers. Some of the things those guys make a baseball do are simply amazing! A long time ago, I pitched a little myself. Learning how to throw a good curve ball was a real challenge. To be fair, most of my curve balls barely broke . . . Ah well! But a good curve ball? That’s a thing of beauty!

Life throws us curve balls as well. When we expect something fast, straight and down the middle . . . a curve ball! When we anticipate a much slower change up . . . a curve ball! When we looking for a slider or knuckle ball . . . a curve ball. After a while, we begin to believe that all life pitches us are curve balls and we dig in, ready to smack the next pitch over the fence and then . . . Sometimes The World Throws Us a Curve Ball That Doesn’t!

Yep! Instead of looping away from us and dropping across the plate, the ball flies toward our body as if it were a heat-seeking missile! If we are fortunate, we fall backward or down, missing the impact of the speeding projectile. If we are less fortunate, the curve ball that doesn’t, becomes a “Bean Ball!” Ouch! The pitch bounces off our head or thuds into our ribs or glances off our hip! Yep, the wild pitch – the pitch that does what we least expect – causes us great pain!

Some times life is like that. When be begin to believe that there is a “tell” from life that allows us to accurately predict what comes next, we are fooled. The curve ball doesn’t and we pay the price! What are we to do when this happens? We might consider:

  • Recognizing that we are incapable of predicting anything life brings.
  • Picking ourselves up off the ground, paying attention to the place we were “beaned” and giving it a little rub.
  • Accepting a little help from the Umpire.
  • Embracing the encouraging words that will come from our teammates.
  • Placing our helmet back on our head (it’s always important to play safely).
  • Dusting ourselves off.
  • Gripping the bat with determination.
  • Standing firm in the batter’s box.
  • Getting ready for the next pitch.
  • Realizing that one pitch does not a life make!

Sometimes Life Throws You A Curve Ball That Doesn’t and when that happens . . . well, you know what to do!


Mark E. Hundley

Mark Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley has worked with children, youth and families since 1971 – devoting 13 years to youth and family ministry; another 10 years to service in public education as a teacher and high school counselor; and the remaining time as a therapist, consultant, speaker and writer.

He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Hardin-Simmons University; his Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas; and has pursued doctoral studies in Educational Administration.

Mark is a Life Transition Specialist with a specific expertise in the field of grief. He works with individuals, families and corporate bodies to create and implement strategies for powerful living despite obstacles faced.

He is the author of Awaken to Good Mourning – a personal guide through the journey of grief – available in both print and audio versions. He is a co-founder of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano, TX, a non-profit agency that provides free group grief support to children, adolescents and their parents or adult caregivers as they learn to mourn the death or impending death of a loved one.

Mark limits his practice to evening and Saturday appointments; supervision for Licensed Professional Counselor Interns; online counseling; coaching, consulting, speaking and training.

For more information about his coaching, consulting and public speaking services visit

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