I certainly had an enjoyable time up in Palo Alto at graduation last weekend. It was great to have the opportunity to spend time with my family and friends. It definitely felt comforting to return to the campus where I spent 3 1/3 years of my life, but it did feel a little different since I have been gone for several months. Most of my friends who were there until graduation had to come to grips with saying goodbye to all the familiar faces and places, but since I had already done that in December (after I completed my last final exam), it was a bit easier for me to enjoy the celebratory weekend. We were fortunate to have Tom Brokaw as the commencement speaker. He delivered a thought-provoking historically-motivated address, which I guess everyone expected due to his 40+ years in journalism. In my opinion, his most notable comment was "to remember that it will do us little good to wire the world if we short-circuit our souls" in reference to the technological revolution that we are presently experiencing. I thought this statement provided more than enough to reflect upon- Is all this cutting edge technology aiding us or consuming us? Who knows? Probably a little of both. I'm sure that could be debated for hours.
Anyway, after an eventful weekend of memorable speeches, dinners with family and friends, and a few inevitable final goodbyes, I returned to Tucson to resume (hopefully) the final few weeks of my rehab. All the extended-Spring players have made the trip up north to either Yakima or Missoula to begin their seasons, so there are only a handful of us that remain here at the Spring Training complex (I think there are literally 7 or 8 of us). It's definitely nice to have the entire place to ourselves so we can roam the training room, cardio room, weight room, locker room, and workout fields freely, but it's also disappointing to watch so many players come and go and to not be able to go with them. In the latter sense, I think the emptiness incites a bit of restlessness, but that's when we (the rehabbers) just have to remind ourselves that the whole process is a means to an end. It's pretty ironic how in the same way that an effective pitcher must remain level-headed in response to the outcome of at bats and games, a rehabber must remain level-headed in understanding the importance of the continuance of the process.
I'll see everyone next Monday. I also wanted to point out that I was pleasantly surprised at how many people have commented to me over the past few weeks that they read (or skim or peruse) Mark Your Mondays. That's definitely nice to know. I'll be back next Monday with an update from rehab. Until then……………………Mark.
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