Scapegoat

I have sat on this draft for nearly 24 hours, & I think this is a topic
that many people might be sensitive about, but I’m here to write it
regardless. Coincidentally, it’s amazing that I’m writing this the day
after taxes are expected to be completed (unless you got an extension).
That’s a whole different story in itself. Regardless, I would like to take
everyone back to a time that will never be forgotten by Chicago Cub fans.
October 14, 2003 will be a date in time that those fans will never forget.
Giving details of the play would be helpful, so I’ll break it down as
simple as possible. It was Game 6 of the American League Championship
Series. Again, I won’t break down all of the details, but in a nutshell,
Steve Bartman was considered as the Cubs’ scapegoat for something he did &
didn’t realize what he did had such a huge impact. He reached out for a fly
ball in the foul territory that the outfielder (Moises Alou) was trying to
go for, & it mostly caused fan interference. What ties this guy into this
blog & into the story is that once this happened, he literally disappeared
and went into his routine of being as incognito as possible with hardly no
one knowing who he was or what he had done. To add to this story, & I
didn’t learn this until watching it on ESPN 30 for 30 is that he was
wearing headphones listening to the game while sitting in the stands. Of
course, this means that he was getting a “slight” delay of the game
compared to the game being in real time. No one who was there knew what it
felt like to be in his shoes. Now, since it has happened (over a decade
later), he has literally gone into mental and private hibernation from
everyone. How does this tie to us today? Well, the truth is that when
something bad happens in our life, we find someone or something to place
blame on, when the truth is that things went the way did based on our own
personal decisions. Our mistakes tie into pointing the finger at someone
else & trying to take it off the primary source of the problem. In that
particular game, everyone in that stadium wanted to blame Bartman, but they
forgot that the game wasn’t even over. Not only that, the series wasn’t
over. In hindsight, the team DID lose that game, & lost the following game
causing them to lose the series & not go to the World Series. The ENTIRE
city blamed Steve Bartman. Well, so much for not telling the rest of the
story. In all seriousness though, we want to find someone else or something
else as the source of why our lives don’t go the way we want them to go.
The question, though, becomes, what did we do wrong or miss that caused
things to go the way they did. One key component behind this topic that I
would like to say is that this one bad incident or blame shouldn’t be what
ruined or slowed us down. As stated before, we sometimes slow ourselves
down without trying. This is a bit of a simple blog, but the primary point
is that you can’t blame your mistakes or problems on someone else, when
you’re the one living your own life. If you can pinpoint where you
personally messed up, then it helps make the difficulties less difficult as
to where things either have gone great or horribly wrong. Take
responsibility for a change. If you aren’t open to fixing your own
problems, then trying to fix others or control others won’t make anything
any better whatsoever. I bid my readers all farewell. Until next time, BT
signing out.

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