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Sports Is A Salve For The Life-Weary Soul

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Does the constant battering of bad news from the media tend to render you a bit discouraged? Are you overloaded with information on a downward spiraling economy, and staggering unemployment figures? Do you feel helpless and hopeless when you learn of the enormity of the problems that beset our country, and in turn, each of us? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a cure-all that would take care of all these horrendous issues? Sadly, there is not an easy fix for the problems that abound, but that does not mean that there aren’t things we can do to remove ourselves from the front lines of the on-going struggles from time to time to get some much needed R&R. That is where sports come in.

For a great many people, for a very long time, sports have provided a wonderful escape, a delicious diversion from the heat of life’s battles. You can always count on a fast-paced basketball game, or a hoot and holler baseball game to take your mind off the problems at hand. You find yourself getting totally caught up in and thoroughly enjoying a temporary world where the only important things are making shots, scoring goals and racking up points. Along the way there is often a lot of enthusiasm, camaraderie, and good food that work to further increase your “feel good” quotient.

Isn’t is a great change of perspective to see people overcoming trials to achieve success and victory doing something they love instead of the day to day display of defeat and discouragement we are subjected to through the media? One cannot help but feel pride and joy in the athletes that we witness persevering against great odds as they overcome major handicaps on their way to success. It gives us hope that with enough effort and the right attitude, that we, too, might be able to begin overcoming some of the trials that affect and afflict us. It is so often just the balm we need to begin mending broken spirits.

In the midst of the difficulties that surround us, there is still a lot to be grateful for and truly, sports is one of those things. With it’s ability to transport us from the life-weary place we may find ourselves to somewhere where we can just relax, unwind, and enjoy, thank goodness for sports.

Nancy Smith is one of the owners of RobbinsSports.com, an online retailer specializing in Baseball Uniforms and Gym Bags