The Lenten Mendoza Line and a Birthday

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

It looks like we’re about halfway through the season of Lent, my least favorite season of the liturgical year and I am doing pretty. Good. I’m going to celebrate my 57th birthday a day early and that causes me to reflect on life. Thankfully I am doing much better than I was this time last year when I was off my anti-depressants for 9 days and dealing with the deaths of two friends and a rainy Easter birthday. I was in a nasty funk, all my PTSD stuff, reflections on my own mortality and upset about the loss of friends. I never want to experience an Easter, or a birthday like that ever again.

This year I am happy. I seem to be doing life a bit above the Mendoza Line over the past year and that is good. For those that don’t know what the Mendoza Line is, it is named after Mario Mendoza who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit for a career batting average of .215 and the Mendoza Line is considered to be a .200 average which is the line below which players can pretty much be assured that they will not remain in the Major Leagues.

But anyway, as I was thinking about perspective this year with all the craziness in the world and the antics of our President which scare the Bejeezus out of me, I am reminded of the words of former pitcher Bill “Spaceman Lee” to put things in perspective. Lee noted:

“I think about the cosmic snowball theory. A few million years from now the sun will burn out and lose its gravitational pull. The earth will turn into a giant snowball and be hurled through space. When that happens it won’t matter if I get this guy out.” 

Anyway, that’s just a thought that oddly comforts me when I don’t well as I should in life or anything else. Let’s face it, in spite of everything we have to be able to put things in perspective and appreciate what life we have no matter how bad things get. Hopefully, we get to wait a few million years for the cosmic snowball to do its thing without the President or anyone else in the world blowing it up.

That being said I have so much to be thankful for in life, my wonderful wife, my family back in California, my three great Papillon dogs, my friends, my readers here, and getting to do what I love doing. Hopefully, this year is good for me, as well as all of you. Thanks so much for being a part of my life.

So, have a great day,

Peace

Padre Steve+

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5 responses to “The Lenten Mendoza Line and a Birthday

  1. Daz

    Actually, the Earth will be roasted when the sun expands to become a red giant. Most likely, it’ll be engulfed by the expanding sun, though I believe there’s some some left-field speculation that the solar wind might push its orbit just far enough out to avoid that fate. The main point of the quote still stands though.

    Happy birthday Padre.

  2. Kathi

    🌈🌞Happy ‘happy’ Birthday, Padre Steve🌝🌈
    As a newbie here I have so far discovered a few items making my discovery of your blog a bit serendipitous and one of them is the fact of your being outside of your depression right now. It gives one hope as well as a vicarious joyful feeling for you. I hope it continues and I send thanks to you for your time and effort dedicated to this blog and also hope that you know how much so many apparently appreciate this space, including me.
    I’ll continue to feel and learn my way around… KM

    • padresteve

      Thank you so much. I appreciate the kind thoughts and I wish you the best on your journey. It certainly is not easy but it is worth all of it in the long run. Thank you again.

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