3 Strikes and I Was Still At The Plate


Have you ever had one of THOSE days?

You know the kind I’m referring to.

The kind of day where nothing seems to go right.

I remember a very specific time where I encountered one of those days and I want to share it with you.

Picture this if you will:

I awoke at my normal 5:30am time to the sound of my alarm. Like every other morning, “Beautiful Day” by U2 was the first sound that I heard.  I have it set this way because it seems appropriate to wake up to a song telling me it is a “Beautiful Day.”  When I awoke, I had an inclination that this day would be special. I went through my morning routine; shower, reflection, feed my dogs, breakfast, etc, and hopped in my car and took a drive around the city. I find that I can do my best thinking while in the car.  There is something about being the only person around.  I find it leads to clarity.  In my city, we have what is called a perimeter highway. If you are wondering what this is, it is a road that wraps around the entire city for easy, quick navigation. The day was beautiful, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  It was a perfect day for a drive. I was quite enjoying the day when….

…It hit me, literally.  I found myself in a car accident.  Upon stopping, I immediately jumped out to make sure that everyone in the other car was all right.  There was no concern on my end because I was the only one in the car.  The other drive had her child with her and thankfully they were ok.

As the two of us walked around the car, we realized that there was no damage to her car but mine had sustained a little bit. No big deal.  We exchanged information and parted ways.

Strike 1.

After the accident, I opted to drive home. On my way home I stopped to check the mail.

I looked through the pile of envelopes and found quite a few bills, flyers, and other everyday items.  When I got to the bottom of the pile, I noticed something out of the ordinary.

“What’s this?” I asked myself.

It was a letter from the Government.  I don’t know about you, but when I receive anything from the Government my heart sinks, not because I am a criminal or anything, but rather because of the unknown contents inside.

I proceeded to open it to find out that we had received a speeding ticket from one of those Photo Radar Vehicles. It was addressed to the owner of the car, my car.

Naturally I did what any person would do.

I laughed!

That’s a little curious isn’t it?  Why would I laugh at the sight of a speeding ticket?

I laughed because I don’t drive that car, my wife does. It was her ticket and I couldn’t wait to tell her!

Strike 2.

Now halfway through my day, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “So far, 2 strikes, I wonder what will be the third.”

Whenever I find myself with a need to clear my head, I turn to exercise. It is that has worked for me for 15 years  and I utilize it often.

I strapped on my rollerblades and went for a skate.  It should be known that I am not a great skater.  It is not as if I am a camel that has had skates strapped to its feet, but I am not far off.  All was going well.  The sun was still out, the skies were clear and it seemed as though I was in for a good bout of exercise.  I was in deep thought about what I was going to do later that day, that week, and what I was going to do on the weekend.  I was in effect, planning my week.

Not less than ten minutes into my skate, my back wheel exploded on me.

I am not too sure if you have ever attempted to rollerblade on a boot with only three of the four wheels working, but I don’t recommend it. I will happily go on record as saying that it is nearly impossible. If you have not done it, think about trying to walk with one leg that is drastically shorter than the other.  Luckily I was only a ten-minute skate or twenty-five-minute hobble with a broken boot away from my house.

Strike 3.

Once I got home, I did what any man would do.

I continued the laugh I had started earlier in the day.

What else could I do?

Three strikes and you are out right?

I could have gotten angry, but what would have been the point?

  • They were all things that were out of my control.
  • It would have been emotionally taxing.
  • It wouldn’t have done anybody, especially me, any good.


A number of years ago I would have handled this day very differently.  I would have been very upset with myself and everybody involved, and I could honestly say that I would have yelled, screamed and cursed.  All in all, this would have made for a bad day.

Fast forward to the present and this was a good day.


  • Nobody ended up hurt in the accident
  • It was my wife’s ticket
  • Wheels can be replaced

Was the day extraordinary? Sure.  But, it was not as if the world was coming to an end.

I simply moved on.

I accepted the events as extraordinary and moved on.

If I may make a suggestion for you?

I would encourage you to take a few moments every day to reflect of all of the positive things you have in your life. Really open your mind to accepting everything life has to offer.

The world is as YOU see it and react to it.

Cheers to your success,


About Joel Scott 93 Articles
I am a family man first and foremost. Everything that I do is for my family. They keep me focused and moving forward. My world was turned upside down when I visited Africa for the first time. That trip left me with a newfound purpose in life: To cause and create profound change in every corner of our world.
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Well said Joel. I was just encouraged by a Pastor named Steven Furtick to start a GP Journal (Gratitude Practice), so I’m excited about that. Im a quote junkie like you, everyday I write one at leadt and post it on my Fb page in the hope that it inspires, motivates or encourages someone. My belief our gratitude will determine our altitude.
Keep up the good work. I look forward to reading more stories on your blog.


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