Departing in dignity

Babe Ruth was to American baseball what Don Bradman was to Australian cricket. But Babe Ruth didn’t finish the way Bradman did. At the end of his career he went to seed and even his fans turned against him, and at his final game they jeered him mercilessly. However, sitting amongst the mob was a little boy for whom Babe Ruth was a great hero. The story goes that the child, broken hearted by the insults, ran out onto the field and hugged the great man’s legs. Suddenly the crowd went quiet and watched in silence as Babe Ruth walked off the field for the last time with a little boy who idolised him holding his hand.
One of the most important lessons of life is to know when it’s time to leave, and to do so with dignity. And if you can do it with someone who loves you, you’ve finished well.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Babe Ruth, Don Bradman, Following the Crowd, Futility, love, Retirement and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s