There is a story about a ten-year old boy and a bully. Every day, the boy had to the bully ten cents to play in the community playground. And if he didn't pay, the bully threatened to "pop him right in the kisser."It never actually happened but the threat was real. This went on for the first part of the summer until one day, the boy thought he had enough of this and besides he was out of money. The next time he went to the playground, there was the bully. They faced each other and the financial demand was made. The boy pushed his foot into the ground and dragged it along, making a fairly deep line drawn in the dirt. He then challenged the bully, "I dare you to step across this line." The bully, not intimidated at all, quickly stepped across the line drawn in the dirt. "There," the boy exclaimed, "Now we're on the same side."
I love this story because when we have problems with someone, it's because we are seeing things from two different perspectives, not really having the same goal. But once we can get both parties on the same side, things go much smoother and things actually get done. Let me give you two examples that our Government Employees, (remember they work FOR US), could look to and learn from.
The first one is Little League Baseball & Softball games. Every town and community has them and the kids begin at about age 5 to learn the art of the sport. It starts with T-Ball, then Coach-Pitch culminating in regular ball games by the time the kids are eight or nine. The kids are simply taught to hit the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball to first and run from base to base to base. Everyone bats the first few years and no one is really concerned about outs, runs, strikes and things like that. Why? Because the Coaches & Organizers of Little League have one goal; to develop each boy or girl to learn the basic skills and to get a love for the game. Coaches from both sides help all the kids out. No one fights, no one argues, and the parents and spectators clap, shout and root for everyone! Because every kid out there playing is somebody's son or daughter. And guess what? It works! Because like the boy and the bully, everyone is on the same side!
The second example is the "Relay For Life" cancer organization and fund raisers that occur all year around ultimating with one huge day of victory. In Tama County, it will be this Saturday, June 8, at the South Tama High School. It will be an amazing event to be a part of. t all begins at Noon, with the opening ceremony, survivor's lap & caregiver's lap all starting at 1 pm. There will be a lot going on, so come out and get involved. Why? Because there are tons of people, not just in Tama County, but all around the country, working together for that one goal; THE CURE FOR CANCER. No fighting, no screaming, no bickering, no liberals, no conservatives, no Republicans, no Democrats-just friends and neighbors understanding that the way to get things done is to get everyone on the same side. When that happens it works and things get done.
In a few years, many of these boys and girls will be on their school's varsity ball teams because enough people cared enough to set up a ball on a tee and encouraged that boy and girl to swing hard, hit that ball and run, run, run. And if you ask any of those people involved in Relay For Life, if they think that someday soon, a cure will be found, what do you think their answer will be? Yes, yes, yes!!
So Mr. Democrat & Mr. Republican, it's time for you to step up to the plate. Get on the same side and if you need a little nudge, heck, take an evening off and go watch a Little League Ball Game. Isn't it time for our government elected officials and "our employees" to start working FOR US, for a change.
Tama County Relay for Life
Saturday, June 8
South Tama High School Track
Survivors Lap: 1 p.m.
Luminaries 9 p.m.
That's the way I See It.
Let me know how you see things at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 319-327-4640. Let the good times roll!!!