by Tom Gibson, IL Saints Softball Coach
Happy New Year from the team here at Inside the Mind of Gibby! With the ringing in of a new year, the craze will be to make resolutions for the coming year. As someone who just turned 40, I see the need to set some goals and make some course corrections in my life, and especially in how I serve with The Saints Prison Ministry. Self-help guru Earl Nightingale once said, “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” I’m looking forward to the 2019 Saints Prison Ministry season and here are some of my goals:
1. Get in shape before the Spring Crusade – This may or may not require a gym membership but this will definitely require getting started before St. Patrick’s Day! Relax, over the holiday weekend there is bound to be a Rocky marathon on TV, and if you watch that Rocky IV training montage a few times you are sure to set out on a run through the snow on a January morning! Georgia teams, it will most likely be 60 degrees and sunny on January 1st down in Hot-lanta so you may have to improvise and run through the frozen food section at the Piggly Wiggly several times!
2. Get stuff done around the house before the season starts – Look, while we’re away doing a ministry that is fun and rewarding, we are not at home getting stuff done around the house. Neglecting some of these tasks has nearly resulted in me getting horse-collar tackled by my wife as I get on The Saints bus in the morning! So take it from me that now is the time to fix the broken lawnmower, the leak under the sink, the light in the refrigerator, the paint in the guest room, the door handle to the garage, the chain on your son’s bike [remainder of list redacted to save space in newsletter].
3. Take a really good team picture this year – The Illinois team has taken some pretty good pictures so this isn’t really a goal of mine. Some other Saints teams have team pictures from years gone by that really needed to be updated… (I’m looking directly at you Colorado…)
4. Show up on time this year – For crying out loud we have to get up really early on prison visit days, but deep down in your heart, you know that doesn’t really matter – you would still be late whether we left at 5 a.m. or 5 p.m.! It’s time to go and buy an alarm clock or a sleeping bag so you can just sleep on the bus the night before we leave!
5. Do not wait until the night before to write an article for the newsletter that I knew about months ago – This is a goal for everyone who has a regular column in the newsletter…oh wait, that’s only me…
6. Resolve to be a better teammate and less of an awful human being – Ok, for the last 10 years you’ve let everyone else carry in the boxes of literature or the portable PA system. Maybe you’ve taken the last water out of the cooler or eaten the last chicken wing before the plate made its way around the table. Perhaps you slept in while your roommate organized literature. This is the year to finally stop being a terrible person and be a better teammate…unless it comes down to the good seats on the bus!
Whether 2019 is your year to be “New Year = New You” or if it is another “Wait ‘til Next Year” year, Mr. Nightingale’s quote about people with goals rings true or, as deep thinker and former Yankee catcher Yogi Berra used to say, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”