What If Instant Replay Were Built Into Life?

"....Sounded like CRUUUUZ to me! ... Let' see the replay!"

“….Sounded like CRUUUUZ to me! … Let’ see the replay!”

Remember the famous Yogi Berra quote about life decisions? It was short, sweet and sure to cause a few double takes and smiles from all who heard it: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Yogi really knew better. He understood that every option we take in life, as we often proverbially attest in moments of fear or faith, closes one door as it opens another. When Yogi decided to drop out of classwork in middle school and try out for a baseball job with the St. Louis Cardinals, he thought that he was trading something he didn’t want to do for something he loved. And he was right about that part of it. He hated the work part of school because he didn’t feel very good at it; he loved baseball because it was more playful than work – and he was good at it.

And it was also physical. And outside. And it was something he did with other guys his age who talked the same language. You didn’t have to sit inside and look for the answers to baseball in books as you felt the pull of your mind and soul constantly floating out the window to play ball among the green of the grass and the blue of the sky after the three o’clock bell finally rang.

About dropping out of school, Yogi never said it, but he could have: “How could I ever get the right answers in school? I couldn’t even get the right questions!”

The usually insightful Cardinals passed on signing Yogi Berra in favor of signing his buddy neighbor catcher from the Hill, Joe Garagiola. Nobody’s perfect, right? Not even the Cardinals, but Yogi had taken his branch of that fork of the road – and the Cardinals had then quickly helped him find another path that would lead him to a Hall of Fame baseball career as a New York Yankee. Had Yogi simply stayed in school – done nothing to change the course he was on – that would have been a choice too. And maybe most of us would have never heard of him today. Maybe he would even be alive today, a little old Italian man, sitting on the porch of the house in “The Hill” section of St. Louis where he grew up, just lazily gazing his way down the street during his still-breathing wait for eternity. – Maybe.

For Yogi, and the rest of us, life unfolds by our active and passive decisions to pursue few or many forks in the road, and all trails lead us to either the destiny we seek for ourselves by the risk of active choice – or to the fate that awaits us from the passive, safest choices we may make about the direction of our lives. The condition that all choices bear with them is a thing called consequence. If we don’t understand that there are real consequences to all we do and fail to do on some gut-level early, we may never get to be – what we always hoped to be.

From watching the constant use of new HD quality stop action and slo-mo video in TV football this past weekend, I noted that each game coach gets two or three challenges on questionable referee calls made on the field. If he challenges and the technology has captured photos that prove him right, the unfavorable play on the field will be reversed, maybe even saving his team directly from immediate defeat and a lifetime of regret. The protesting coach suffers no penalty consequence if the technology proves him to be right.

On the other hand, if the recorded visual evidence cannot prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the referee’s original call was wrong, “the play call on the field will stand” – and the protesting coach will be charged a team timeout – and be denied the right to further protest about anything.


I got to thinking. – What if this incredibly accurate replay equipment could be wired to our personal lives? – And what “if” everyone had three protests they could launch with God – or their higher universal power – about issues that have arisen for us  in any of these areas:

  1. the things we did, or did not do, in the name of love;
  2. the things we did, or did not do, in the name of money: or,
  3. the things we did, or did not do, with our particular talents and passions.

What if we could use all of our three protests in any way we chose in one or all of these areas, and what if we also possessed access to the human life equivalent high-tech replay equipment that could tell us:

  1. Was our painful reason for protesting due to the fact that life had been unfair to us in this instance; or,
  2. Was our pain largely caused by our own behavior and choices of action or non-action in this matter?

Bottom Line: If the equipment concluded that our pain and disappointment was clearly caused by factors of life outside any contributions from our own behavior, we would be entitled to a 100% reparation payment for our pain and suffering. On the other hand, if the high-tech instant replay found that our own attitudes, thoughts, and behavior made any kind of personal contribution to the consequence of our own misery, our protest would be denied – and we would be forced to recycle over and over through the same protested lesson until we got it right, took full responsibility for our own actions, and made amends to any we had harmed along the way.

Upon further review…wow again!

As it turns out, there is another reason for Thanksgiving gratitude this season. Maybe it’s just as well that this new HD judgment equipment works only on contested sporting games only.







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