Keeping Your Eye on the Ball


Do you ever wonder why you seem to keep ‘dropping the ball’?  A couple of nights ago I was playing catch with my little friend, Isabella, who is almost three years old.  She is wonderful at catching, especially for her age, but at one point she kept becoming momentarily distracted by the other children and would drop the ball.  She wanted to continue playing catch, so I finally said, “Isabella, you gotta keep your eye on the ball.”

Her response was so adorably humorous.  She took me literally, and as she tried to focus one eye on the ball, she blinked and winked with the other.  Her focused eye was intensely focused, but when I gently tossed the ball to her, she missed it, picked it up, and put the ball on her eye.  While being humble enough to take my advice and try to apply it, she’d forgotten she already knew how to catch.  I guess I should have simply encouraged her to pay attention instead.

Anyway, it got me thinking how the concept applies to life and how we can sometimes become so focused on one part of the process, one group of people, or one element that we forget about the others which are equally important.  Even though “Keep your eye on the ball” is an oft-used expression when teaching others to catch a ball, hit a baseball, or kick a soccer ball, our mind’s eye still sees our arms, hands, and feet participating in the action as well.  It takes focusing and coordinating all the parts in order to be successful and stop dropping the ball.

About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

6 responses to “Keeping Your Eye on the Ball

  • Liberty of Thinking

    Simple, yet such a useful thought! I wonder how many times we just miss the whole “game”, because we keep concentrating on something which should have never been considered separately!
    Thanks Rene, my turn to learn:-)
    Wow, I started to think on your thought’s practical life history in my case, and it can get scary how many times I missed the whole for the little…
    And I even got angry and frustrated because others seemed to be enjoying themselves… Now I start to guess why…
    Good, time to take off my magnifying monocular:-)
    Take care:-)

  • jblog

    Love your blog!!! I nominated you for the Inspirational Blogger Award! Here is the link to see how everything works:

  • George

    Hi Sweets,
    I loved this post, both because I love those little kids, and because of my own adeptness at dropping the ball. I’m getting very good at that.
    Your posts are always ‘eye-opening’ 😉 and heart warming. They are also developing quite a following. Keep going!
    hugs, g.

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