Tim Malone, SSSA member

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that transcends age and activity, and for seniors, it can be a profound source of joy and appreciation. It has a way of putting things into perspective and helps us put the good in our lives into focus. Being appreciative of even the smallest of things in life can be a source of joy.

“It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Let’s see what some SaddleBrooke Senior Softball Association (SSSA) players have to say regarding gratitude. Several players would agree that senior softball is more than just a pastime; at its best, it is a celebration of life, camaraderie, and the enduring spirit of play where they each find joy.

According to Tom Klein, “It’s not just the thrill of a good hit or the rush of making a good defensive play; I feel grateful for the opportunity to still play and all that goes with it.

Each inning is a reminder that I still have the physical capabilities to compete and contribute to my team,” Jim McDonald says. He is grateful to be able to play with so many great guys and gals. It is a joy for me to still play senior league softball.

Dan Reed says, “Senior softball is an opportunity to play which I am grateful to have. SSSA players come together to share in the joy of competing as a unit. Good team experiences create a camaraderie energized by success on the field. When this happens, it can be very gratifying. Changing teams each new season brings new opportunities to participate, contribute, and compete and comes with new optimism that I am grateful for.

For these seasoned players, gratitude is multifaceted. It’s in the capability to engage in a sport they love, despite the challenges that age may bring. It’s in the support and encouragement of teammates who share a bond unique to the game. It’s in the simple joy of being outdoors, feeling the grass underfoot, and the bat firmly in hand. It’s a testament to their resilience and a reason to be joyful for the health and vitality that allows them to still compete.

We all need to recognize sources of joy that bring gratitude into our lives. Gratitude affirms life’s blessings; a space where true appreciation is found. As we live our retired lives, we can continue to find the beauty of life and the countless reasons to be grateful. For senior league softball players; every hit, every catch, and every game is a cherished chapter in each player’s story; a story marked by the gratitude to play the game they love. What are your stories of gratitude? What simple joys make you grateful and appreciative? Where can you find more experiences of joy that help you celebrate your retired life?