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.