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Sometimes You Gotta Go with Flow Before You Start Steering the Boat...

 

 

I love my mom, but sometimes she really ticks me off...

 

I called her the other day and told her I was on my way to the house so I could crash and take a nap before heading to my umpiring assignment...

 

It was easier to nap at her place because the assignment was just a few miles away...

 

No sooner did I get my plans out of my mouth and than did she interrupt me to tell me that she had a chore for me to do while I was there...

 

What???

 

A chore???

 

Yeah. The picnic table umbrella fell in the back yard and she wanted me to put the umbrella and table upright...

 

Of all the gall...

 

That was NOT my purpose in coming over...

 

I wanted and needed a nap...

 

She should have known that I was coming over for the nap and only the nap...

 

Of course she wasn’t going  to pay me to do this chore...

 

Instead of refusing though...

 

Instead of complaining though...

 

Instead of sticking to my principles and giving her a piece of my mind...

 

I did it...

 

It took about three minutes...

 

My mom owes me three minutes...

 

 

Remember when you were a kid in Little League and you had to sell chocolates to support the league...

 

Maybe it wasn’t chocolates, but it was something you had to sell...

 

We would always make our rounds throughout the neighborhood...

 

Without fail, we would go to Mr. and Mrs. Crafts house first...

 

They would ALWAYS buy a box or a bar or whatever we sold...

 

As matter of fact, all of our close neighbors would buy...

 

It was the neighborly thing to do...

 

However...

 

There always seems to be one in the bunch...

 

That one family who refused to buy anything...

 

No problem...

 

It was their right to do so...

 

No big deal...

 

Actually, at one point it did become a big deal...

 

A big deal when their son started selling stuff for his Pop Warner team...

 

Many of the neighborhood parents turned the tide and refused ante up for their son...

 

Suddenly Mom and Dad had a change of heart and started buying stuff from us neighbor kids...

 

 

Life is about relationships...

 

Sometimes you have to understand the ramifications of your actions with the people who are in your particular circle...

 

Of course I was happy to help my mom...

 

Dez Bryant probably would have bypassed the chore so he could have his extra three minutes of beauty rest...

 

Of course our parents wanted to help the neighbor kid, but his parents’ refusal to buy from us caused discontent amongst our parents and they retaliated...

 

Dez Bryant was just like that dad...

 

He was stubborn... stuck to his principles... and in doing so... caused a big ruckus...

 

 

Yes. Carrying a teammate's pads is a stupid little tradition...

 

However, like my friend Nike once said, “Just do it”...

 

Have fun with it, Dez Bryant...

 

No harm done...

 

Don't be stick in the mud...

 

 

Instead... Dez Bryant alienated himself from his teammates...

 

Hey, Dez. You have to live with those people for the better part of a year...

 

They are your neighbors...

 

“Just do it”...

 

A lot of people do a lot of things they are not paid to do, Dez...

 

I am not “technically” paid to help my colleagues switch rooms when their assignment changes at school...

 

I do it anyway...

 

It's the neighborly thing to do...

 

So what if you don’t get paid to carry Roy’s pads, Dez...

 

Grow up...

 

 

Dez, since you seem to be so stuck on your principles...

 

There is a principle here that you are missing...

 

It’s the principle of building relationships within your inner circle...

 

You weren’t asked to do harm to yourself or anybody else...

 

Just do it, Dez...

 

Just do it...

 

 

Actually, Dez, there’s a second principle that is at work here...

 

Sometimes you've got to go with the flow before you start steering the boat...

 

When you're the new kid on the block, Dez...

 

You play the game...

 

You may not like what you are asked to do...

 

But you do it anyway...

 

And then later, Dez...

 

Later when you are more accepted amongst your peers...

 

Later you will have an opportunity to influence the group when you’ve been around a while and when you have more clout...

 

That’s the way to do it, Dez...

 

Pay your dues first, Dez...

 

And once they have been paid...

 

You can be an example to others...

 

And show them that the time honored tradition of hazing is pretty stupid...

 

 

dvt

 

 

 

Acknowledgements

 

http://andybraner.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed0df5288330120a52a8817970b-500wi

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