While reading Steven Pressfield’s The Authentic Swing: Notes From the Writing of a First Novel I came across these words:
“Keats spoke of ‘negative capability.’ He meant the ability to keep functioning with confidence even when you don’t know where you are or where you’re going.”
I had to put the book down after that paragraph and just think because it so perfectly describes this catch-playing craziness.
It so perfectly describes my life.
Kristy is the director of RSVP, a non-profit agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks that engages senior adults in life-changing volunteer work. She is wise beyond her years and often gave me advice when I first started working in the non-profit world.
“Go drink a Dr Pepper and take a walk.”
I went and bought two Dr Peppers on my way to play catch with Kristy.
Kristy told me stories about the amazing volunteers she works with who serve neighbors of all ages throughout Springfield. RSVP volunteers extend friendship, help young children learn to read, and provide powerful social support as well as needed shopping for home-bound senior citizens.
“Older adults have so much to teach us and are such an important part of our society, our city. Too often we get caught up in our own lives and forget their contributions and their wisdom.”
I asked if she had any words of wisdom for me today.
“Odd projects fit you well. Keep having fun.”
Pressfield ends that particular chapter with these words, “The process has to be fun. It has to be a game. You can’t do it any other way.”
I am grateful for the sunshine today, for a cold Dr Pepper, and for friends who are willing to play catch and have fun.