What Truly Matters - Nick Ahmed

Right now there are a lot of people feeling anxiety, stress and a loss of control over the situation around them. Many are growing uptight and even seeming a little crazy. 

For me, it’s been a great reminder that I don’t have control over the circumstances around me, ever. It’s very unfortunate that many are getting sick, losing jobs and needing income, but what a great chance for us all to trust in God’s plan. It’s a time to slow down, reflect and understand we should always have an eternal perspective on things. We are forced to focus on things that truly matter. This season, let’s view what we are up against as an opportunity instead of an obstacle. An opportunity for us to spend more time with our families and less time on things that distract us, to live simply and to trust in God to provide and heal.

The main emotion within the MLB community right now is one of sadness. We were all so prepared to play the game we love so much. I enjoy playing, and I’m sad we aren’t able to play right now, but the season can be difficult for our health and our families with all the physical stress and travel we take on. 

Our team chaplain, Brian Hommel, had a great idea right before the restriction was placed on how many can gather in public places. With the churches closed, we gathered a small number of people in our baseball community in one of our teammate’s homes. Families were able to come together before the Lord. I had a message I was prepared to give my teammates that week anyway, so I was able to share that with the players and their wives and families together. It was a great time of fellowship. 

I think it’s extremely important for us all to capitalize on this time we get with our families. While we were just about ready to head into season, with stretches of 7-10 days on the road 2-3 times a month, I can recognize that this “roadblock” is a positive for me not to miss time with my family. If you don’t choose to see the positives in what may seem like a very negative situation, you can fall into anxiety, worry and stress. None of us have the power to change the circumstances around us right now, but we can focus on the positives, even if they are out of our control. 

Be present in the moment. If you have a spouse and/or children nearby, slow down and enjoy time with them, and be thankful for the opportunity to do it. 

— Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop

Nick Ahmed is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions. Check out Nick’s Increase profile here: https://theincrease.com/author/nick-ahmed/

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