As we move into autumn, we leave behind the bold energy of summer and begin to enter the gathering of what we planted in the spring be that a garden or a project. The autumn brings the aroma of new pencils as a new school year begins; it brings cooler nights as all things green begin to turn their energies inward; it brings to our senses the slowing down and entering the realm of the west.
For me here at home, it is the ending of the baseball season. My mom is an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan. She has listened to or watched the game of baseball for most of her life. Her team is not doing well this season and moving toward their final games. This prompted a chat about knowing when it’s time to let go and start anew. She tells me that once the season is complete, the team members go home to rest for a while. In those quiet months the team members work toward healing injuries and being with family. Come spring, it will be time to begin again with maybe a new team, a new manager, new teammates or the end of their baseball career.
Staying with the baseball theme, there is a baseball story that many know because of a movie or book they read. It is the story of Shoeless Joe Jackson. The letting go and beginning anew can also be felt in his story as a baseball player from the early 1900’s. He played for the Chicago White Sox in the 1920’s when he was indicted on gaming charges and banned for life from the game he loved, baseball. I am sure that the time to let go and start anew for Joe was a challenge.
The baseball world was rocked by this occurrence as Shoeless Joe was one of the great players of the game. He played the game with heart. Joe had to decide how to begin anew and support his family. He became a business person and owned his businesses. But, he couldn’t give up entirely on baseball, the game he loved. He continued to play the game in semi-professional teams and didn’t receive compensation other than being involved with the game he loved. Shoeless Joe had to find a new path to use his gifts, his talent and his wisdom. Joe had to decide when to let go and start anew.