Elisa M. Levy

August 26, 2002

As a Nicaraguan, as a Black Woman from the Atlantic Coast and a Fan of the game and most importantly the yearly reunion, I am deeply saddened by what is happening. There is an absolute and palpable division of the people and of the events; egos are being insulted, names are being called. I am of the opinion that we need to stop and reassess the situation.

"Go behind the apparent circumstances of the situation and locate the love in yourself and in all others involved in the situation." ó Mother Theresa, ADVOCATE FOR PEACE.

The last time that I saw you all, my friends, was on September 4th. After attending the tournament in Washington I went to New York to visit with my family. On Tuesday morning, one of the busiest flight days, I took the 8:00 am flight from New York and headed to California. On Tuesday, September 11th, exactly one week later, on the exact flight number at the exact hour thousands of people died in a terrorist attack. I always think back...what if those terrorist had decided to strike one week before...what if they had calculated that all flights would be full on September 4th...what if....?

We donít own the future. We donít own the past. Today is all we have. When we focus on the "problem," the "problem" gets bigger. As humans, I have learned that whenever we are faced with a problem, obstacle or challenge, our tendency is to nurture it. We talk about it, we describe it vividly, and we monitor its progress day by day. What we are actually doing is giving the "problem" more value than its worth. What we should be doing is shifting our attention from the problem to the solution by trying to bring the best outcome into existence thus focusing on where we are going, not on where we think we are.

"When the law of "an eye for an eye" operates, all the people will end up blind." ó Bishop Desmond Tutu.

We are all confused by what is happening. Most of us donít really know what transpired. Some say it was all personal, some say it was all jealousy, some say it was all lousy management...I say letís bury the hatched. Letís do this again...together. Getting together and seeing each other is great fun. Whoever conceptualized the idea of this yearly event, I thank you. I and many like me look forward to this gathering. Letís not loose site of the underlying reason for this "tournament weekend." We get to see our friends and family that we donít usually see, we get to eat Run-dungí, Coco Cake and Coast food in general without worrying about the calories. We get to dance up a storm, and on top of that we get to witness some of the greatest competitive softball playing. I myself was considering playing this year with the California girls team, but then I kept remembering some of the plays from the third base member on the IsleŮas Team...I said hell no! Forget it! That girlís got game. (The fact that I donít real

"Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is a process, working together is success." ó Henry Ford.

Whether in business or in personal relationships, what makes working together so difficult is the individual need to be right and to have things our way. As long as we have a perspective to hold on to we cannot come together or work together. If we are not willing to bend, we will somehow get in the way. We must get clear about what we are doing and why we are doing it. Only with an honest examination of our motives and intent can we surrender to any working or loving process. If we enter any collective agreement for only personal goals and with mental garbage, the stability of the group is jeopardized by our dishonest foundation. If we come together in honesty, work together in clarity, we can stay together with respect and meet any goal successfully.

"There is really a very little difference between people; it is called attitude; and it makes a really big difference. The big difference is whether its positive or negative". ó W. Clement Stone.

This letter is not meant to be offensive to anyone. This is merely a thought in my mind, a feeling in my heart. If I have offended you with my choice of words, I sincerely and deeply apologize.

Elisa M. Levy

"In order to cooperate with life you must learn how to forgive, how to give, how to receive, how to adjust, seeking nothing, giving everything, loving all people, living each moment fully." ó Donald Curtis.

Thank you.


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