“IT WAS A TIE”

Posted on April 2, 2012 by

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Today’s Quote

“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.” -Vince Lombardi

 

 

Time Check

Apr. 2, 1902 – The first movie theatre opened in Los Angeles.

Apr. 2, 1935 – Sir Watson-Watt was granted a patent for RADAR.

Apr. 2, 1987 – The speed limit on interstate U.S. highways was raised to 65 mph.

 

 

 

 

real time

Apr. 2, 2012

Hey America,

It’s the bottom of the 9th. There’s two outs. We’re all familiar with the story here. And we all know that the next big play will surely decide the game and determine who wins and loses. Even 6 year old Johnny knows what’s at stake.

What I didn’t tell you is that little Johnny is in the field. He didn’t necessarily want to play today, I mean he’d much rather be at home playing with his hot wheel cars… But he’s a good boy so he does what pleases his parents. Even if it means sitting out in the blistering heat of the diamond for a few hours.

DING!!! The ball rolls off the bat at the rate of a dying tortoise. Everyone looks as the expected “Pop” sound is substituted with the sound of a friendly doorbell; The sound that all 6 year olds imminently produce on contact.

However, all this commotion doesn’t  prevent Johnny and his little legs that resemble rulers from running with all his might towards the ball. If he fields that ball it’s gona be hot wheels all afternoon! He fields the ball deep in the hole and makes a whizzing throw to first base! ….the ball stops 4 feet in front of the bag and rolls across the dirt…(an outstanding throw for a boy his age). The First Baseman grabs the dusty ball out of the clay and jumps on the bag before the runner can stretch out! Just in time!

“Game Over,” thought Johnny. He had used all his strength on that one and was looking forward to some extra hugs from mom and dad. But wait! The game is not over! “Johnny, everyone gets a chance to bat.”

“But I just threw him out, the game’s over!”

Yes Johnny, that was a great play, but he’s safe, nobody gets out.”

Johnny’s hard work once again went to waste. He has been throwing people out all season, yet no one ever seems to get out. The game finally ends and he walks up to his coach.

“Who won?” he asks.

Nobody won Johnny, it was a tie.”

Johnny was starting to get suspicious. The last 5 games had all been “ties.” What were the chances of that?? At his age, he was no expert in the complex art of addition so he couldn’t just add 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 without proper guidance, but he felt like something was wrong.

This my friends is the story of the environment that I and many other kids of the new generations are growing up in. My T-ball days were not much different than those of our buddy Johnny here. It gets back to our quote of the day which states that if you want to get somewhere (to win in life) you have to put in some hard work. It also means that putting in hard work should mean something!

Johnny should reap the benefits of running for that ball in the hole. Don’t you think? It was work he didn’t want to do but he did it and got it done. Now he should be rewarded.

Instead we teach him that his extra effort was meaningless. Next time Johnny sees a ball that is hit way out of his way I’m not too sure we will see Johnny put forth the same amount of effort if he knows it isn’t worth his energy. More importantly we teach the other team that their effort that got them the loss in reality, will not reflect the reward that they get.

You see, we prevent people from losing by putting a safety net around them. Some call it sugar coating. But it’s not REAL.The world is not cushioned for us, and we know that, so why do we teach our loved ones that it is? We could be doing a real disservice to them.

Sometimes it is best for us to fall flat on our faces and just LOSE. That’s how we learn. And if there wasn’t losing, then winning wouldn’t be half as special. It’s sacred. Embrace losing! It makes you better. It’s a part of life, and it’s not such a negative that we make it out to be. It’s a wonder!

If we try and prevent kids from losing by implementing rules that make everything a tie, then how do we expect them to grow? What example are we setting then? Losing is for Losers? I think not. The world’s biggest winners cherish losses because they know it’s part of “the game”. You can’t prevent losing any more than you can stop time.

It prevents us from becoming independent and self sufficient. Through this comes bailouts and the understanding that if you fail someone will catch your fall. Safety nets aren’t REAL they’re invisible. So try something else,

I dare you to LOVE LOSING. Cus that’s when you start winning the most.

 

Christian

The Real Times

 

 

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