Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do

By Jill Wolforth-


It is an extremely interesting time that this week’s blog article is being written.  We are just a couple weeks removed from the baseball season, amongst other things, being cancelled for high schools and colleges and being placed on hold for professional players. 


I found it somewhat difficult to sit down and write this piece, not because things are ‘bad’ but because everyone is talking about COVID-19 and I personally have become tired of the constant bombardment of everything related to it.   I certainly understand the significance and the importance of being prudent and vigilant.  I am just a believer that we should not constantly fill our heads with negative thoughts and doomsday scenarios.


In times like these there also need to be thoughts of reason, calmness, steadiness and the always important persistence and perseverance.  We will get through this.  It doesn’t mean it will be easy.  It doesn’t mean there won’t be some setbacks and people finding themselves in difficult positions.  We will come out on the other end and I believe even better for it. 


As we’re cooped up in our houses, getting take-out and watching reruns of old baseball games, the days of looking back on this with reverence seem a long way out, but they will come.  Down the road, we will reminisce and share stories from this time with our grandchildren and great grandchildren.  There will be the “Do you remember…” or “You should have seen it when…” or “This is nothing compared to…” and we will say it with a bit of accomplishment.


So, until we are through this and things are back to “normal”, I wanted to share with you some quotes I believe are fitting.  There is one for each of day of the rest of the week. I hope that you find one or two you can pass on:


  • “Things work out best for those that make the most of how things work out.” – John Wooden


  • “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine


  • “If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance.” – Ralph Marston


  • “Problems are like washing machines. They twist, they spin and knock us around.  But in the end, we come out cleaner, brighter and better than before.”


  • “When something goes wrong in your life, just yell “Plot twist!” and move on.”


  • “We don’t use our faith to get rid of problems, we use it to remain calm in the midst of problems.”


As we continue to watch and wait, may this temporary slow down allow for you to have time to do some things you’ve been putting off or simply hadn’t had the time to do like reading a book, cleaning out a closest, playing cards with the kids, writing a thank you note, sitting on the porch and looking at the stars or any of the thousands of other possibilities. 


The “Ranch Family” is very important to us and has a wide reach.  If there is anything we can do for you during these chaotic times, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


– – – – – – – – – – –


Important TBR Updates

  • The COVID-19 virus has impacted nearly every facet of our society. In short, the world is a very different place than it was on January 1st 2020 and that includes the Texas Baseball Ranch®. In order to shrink the number of parents and athletes attending our Elite Pitchers Boot Camps at one time we are officially reducing the enrollment from 50 athletes to 24 athletes. The great news in that change is a smaller, much more intimate training experience. The downside it that camps will fill up and sell out at a far faster rate. This change will stay in affect at least through July 2020. We are also loosening up our cancellation/change policy so that people can be comfortable in making plans now in the face of current & future uncertainty.


  • Due to the cancellation of the college baseball season, we are adding a College Training Session in April.  The group will be limited to 32 athletes.


  • In addition, we have added  a “Ranch Remote” training option for people that would still like to get access to and instruction from the TBR staff but prefer to avoid travel due to the virus.

Please call (936)588-6762 or email us:
for more details or to sign up for any of these options.


Previous post:

Next post: