Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:02

Ask, Then Pause to Listen

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Seven weeks prior the man was playing with his oldest grandson and had a basketball out.  As they finished his grandson took the ball and ran giggling to the top of a hill and tossed the ball.  Down, down, down it went past the man and into a deep ravine.  The man smiled and said, “That is a wrap on the basketball”, thinking he would go down the ravine at a later date.

The later date finally arrived.  He knew he would have quite a search on his hands and might not be successful.  Walking around to avoid the steepest part of the hill, he eventually came to a point within the path the basketball had taken.  He kept going downhill, looking for the ball.  About half-way down the hill he stopped.  As he looked around he said, “Hey Quinton, I need a little help here, could you give me a hand?”

As he continued to stand in that very same spot, he let his eyes roam, and there was the ball not twenty feet from him.  It has been stopped by a small juniper bush.  The man smiled.  He was prepared to go to the bottom of the ravine, never expecting the ball would be stopped by anything on the steep hillside.  He thought to himself, so this is how it works.

These signs and messages, while they can be over the top and impossible to ignore, sometimes they are so quiet and so, so subtle.  He asked for a hand and then stood in the silence, letting his eyes see.  And voila! 

Thank you Quinton; thank you son.  You are there in the silence and all I need do is ask and then stop to sense.

Quinton’s Dad

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