Those of you who know me know that I’m a baseball junky. Baseball was my first love (my wife is well aware of that and is fine with it), as I grew up playing anywhere and everywhere I could. As an adult, one of my passions/hobbies is visiting Major League Baseball stadiums. Anytime I’m in a city (or close to it), and there’s a stadium that I haven’t been to, and that team has a home game, I’ll do everything in my power to get to the park.
The latest addition to my list, which stands at 21 stadiums and counting, was Chavez Ravine, the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. I went last week Egoscue HQ in San Diego and was fortunate enough (crazy enough?) to drive to L.A. on Wednesday to catch the Dodgers vs. the Washington Nationals. There’s always a special feeling when I see the inside of a stadium for the first time, and Chavez Ravine was no different. It’s such a cool stadium. Sure, it’s locked in the 70s, but that’s what makes it cool.
Outside the centerfield fence.
However, this post isn’t about the stadium. This post is about recognition.
The starting pitcher for Dodgers was Zack Greinke, who was making his return to the mound after missing several weeks with a broken collarbone sustained in a bench-clearing brawl with the San Diego Padres a few weeks prior. Greinke pitched well, very well, in fact, and as he walked off the mound in the 6th inning, 25,000+ people stood to their feet and gave him a standing ovation.
As I took in the spectacle around me, I was struck with a thought: How often does that happen in everyday life? How often do you get a standing ovation for doing your job? Sure, you might get an “atta boy” or “atta girl.” Maybe you have even received the “Salesperson of the Month” award. But to see those folks who are watching from the sideline rise to their feet, cheering and clapping, in a public display of gratitude and appreciation, is inspiring. They’re all saying some variation of “We see you. We are proud of you. You’re dong a great job.” If some of you received recognition like, that it could be life-changing.
So, today I want to do exactly that. Today, I want to give YOU the recognition you deserve for the great job you’re doing! You’re owning your health. You’re setting health goals, and you’re blowing right by them. I’m watching from the sidelines, and I’m taking notice. I’m inspired! Because of you, I get to be in the midst of greatness. Because of you, I am standing to my feet, cheering and clapping, to say THANK YOU for what you’ve done, and THANK YOU for what you will continue to do for yourself and for those in pain around you.
You have worked hard and are continually pursuing your goals. You’re taking control. You’re getting your life back! So, tip your cap, wave to the cheering crowd, and know that your hard work has paid off, and it will continue to do so!
QUESTION: When is the last time you got a standing ovation?