Morals to Live By
If one has ever had the honor of watching Disney's "Angels in
the Outfield," starring Danny Glover, one has been truly
inspired. The story centers around two, foster children whom are
endlessly hoping for a home to call their own. In the film, the
older child, Roger pleads with his deadbeat dad to take him
back. The father brushes his son off with a taunting response,
"....you can live with me when the Angels win the Penant..."
Roger, excitedly goes home and prays to God for the baseball
team (the Angels) to win the Penant. He and his little foster
freind, "JB," attend an Angels' game where suddenly, Roger
begins seeing real angels in the outfield. Remarkably, the
coach, "George Knox," played by Danny Glover grows close to the
two foster children as Roger helps him develop his team (by the
angels he sees on the playing diamond). As time progresses and
the "Angels" begin a winning streak toward the Penant, Roger's
dad relinquishes total custody of his son to the state and
leaves the child feeling more abandoned than ever.
However, Coach Knox's hardened personality is softened by the
two boys. Eventually, he adopts the two comrades and the Angels
do win the Penant.
The story, although fictional, has an important moral for all to
follow. Sometimes, even our most profound hopes, desires and
wishes do not always come to us the way we would expect them to.
We pray, meditate and dream about anticipated outcomes -- and
when we don't get the results we want, we automatically assume
that all hope is lost or abandoned. In all actuality, sometimes,
the things we want the most in life don't always happen in the
manner which we wish them to occur. But somehow, a Higher Force
always throws us a life preserve and pulls us from our drowning
pools. You see, life isn't always about getting what we
desire...it is about desiring what we do get, and accepting
outcomes that are sometimes -- meant to be. Words to ponder.
Until then, take a break from life's parols and watch "Angels in
the Outfield." It will give you a whole new perspective on life.