Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Baseball season has begun and my New York Mets won their first game last night. It wasn't necessarily a pretty win, but we are undefeated on the season at 1-0. At this pace we will win 162 games and be the first undefeated baseball team in the history of the game.
Naturally, I don't expect this to be a reality. In fact, my Mets have the best winning percentage on opening day of any major league team since 1962 and yet that hasn't always translated into winning seasons. A baseball season is often described as a marathon and not a sprint. While winning games early in the season is preferable to losing them, it doesn't automatically guarantee championships. You've got to be consistent over the long haul to win.
This is even more true in our personal relationships. Good parenting isn't defined by a random moment of life investment. Success with one leadership decision doesn't cement a positive, lasting legacy. A solitary tender moment between husband and wife won't create a loving relationship that endures. The relationships in our life are meant to thrive in a marathon environment with consistent attention and effort. Anything less might be temporarily appealing, but the lack of sustainability will derail any positive credibility.