I’m taking my ball and going home.

I have a four year old boy named Carson and a two year girl old named Josie. I’ve played catch with my son a lot thus far in his life…but never with Josie…until this weekend.  So the three of us – played catch together.  Josie is just now at the age physically that she is able to understand how the game works.  You know – I throw it to Carson…he throws it to her…and she throws it back to me.

All weekend long – the same thing would happen over and over again.  I’d throw it to Carson, he’d throw it to her…then…then…she’d just keep it.  She knew what she was supposed to do – but she couldn’t bring it to herself to give up the ball.  She just wouldn’t throw it back…she just couldn’t give it up.  She was so afraid that if she gave the ball up – she wouldn’t get it back.  She knew as soon as she threw the ball back to me…she was risking it not coming back to her.  What fun is it to give up the ball and have it not come back?  It’s not.
 
But what she didn’t realize…was that there was plenty of ball to go around.  There was more than enough to share.  There was more than enough to give it up…and have it come back to her.  I’m watching this happen and I become sad.  I’m sad because she was too worried about what she was losing that she missed all of the fun.  She was so concerned that the ball wouldn’t come back to her…that she missed the whole point of the game.
 
In other words – she was hoarding the ball.
 
So let’s think about this…having more than enough to go around…keeping more for yourself…never having enough…hmmm – something sounds familiar…
 
…I just can’t put my finger on it.
It’s great.  I’ll stop thinking about it – that way I don’t have to come up with an answer.
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3 responses to “I’m taking my ball and going home.

  1. That’s a great story. 🙂 There is another story I once heard, about the two seas in Israel:

    There are two seas in Israel. One of them takes water from the Jordan river, holds it briefly and then passes it onwards. It is full of fish and it’s shores have trees and birds and living things.

    The Jordan continues onwards from the first Sea to the second. This other sea takes water from the Jordan, but doesn’t give it back. There is no outlet from this sea. All around it is desolation, salt desert, wilderness. The water is so salty, no living thing can survive in it.

    The first sea is the Sea of Galilee. The second is named after Death. The Dead Sea.

    So give and take is the way of life. To only take is the way of death.

    Take care bro!

  2. Great story Robert. Thanks for sharing!

  3. tmoney

    great post Steve. I have not seem The Dark Knight yet but it will be interesting to see what type of post it generates.

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