Who’s Controlling YOUR Springy Car?

Who’s Controlling YOUR Springy Car?

 Who’s Controlling YOUR Springy Car?

Isn’t it funny how just observing your surroundings can bring a life lesson to mind?

I was at the park the other day, playing tennis.  Well, I tend to be easily distracted – oh wait, let me put that more positively… I am very observant of my surroundings – grin.  I noticed this movement off to the side and finally had to turn and see what was going on.  Thankfully, the point was over so I didn’t get whacked in the head by a ball (or my partner –haha).

There was a red convertible car balanced on a giant spring, a playground toy.  In the car were two very young ladies, I’d say 4ish.  One was rocking back and forth and the other was rocking forth and back.  Basically they were rocking in opposite directions and rocking themselves into a sweat, but the car had very little movement going on.  Every once in a while they would accidentally end up rocking together and the car would rock with them – YEA!  Then they would get off sync again and they’d be back to going nowhere.  Eventually, one of the girls stopped rocking and let the other one do all the work.  The car moved, but the one doing all the work got tired quickly and it wasn’t long before both girls exited the car for the swings (an individually controlled toy).   I saw this happen over the course of a few sideways glances while still managing to play tennis (HOOAH!)  The entire interaction took about 5 minutes.  Note here that not once did I see them speak to each other.  A classic case of actions speak louder than words?

It crossed my mind that the struggle these girls were going through was much like teamwork, or lack thereof, in a real life situation.  I told my partner, “I just saw my next blog,” and she chuckled.

Isn’t it a life like situation? 

How many times have you tried to accomplish something only to have someone else trying to accomplish the same task but in the totally opposite way you are working on it, consequently, nothing gets done?

How about trying to help someone, getting nowhere, and giving up to let them struggle on their own?

We even see giving up when the work gets too hard or quitting when you realize you’re the only one doing any work.  Hmm, yes this little scene can definitely be transferred to a real life scenario.

I’m sure you noticed that I mentioned I never saw the girls talk with each other.  They may have been total strangers, but I don’t think so.  I think they were at least friends, if not sisters.  Either way, I think maybe a little communication would have greatly helped.  Don’t you?  Maybe, “Hey! You’re not rocking right.”  Or “Let’s both rock the same way.”  One could have said, “If you don’t help me, I’m getting off”  Or  “Quit trying to do it all yourself.”  There are many things that could have been said.  I would hope that they would choose to communicate nicely and not get into the name calling stuff.  I guess if it was going to go in that direction it’s best that they didn’t talk to each other – haha.

To make a long story short – My point is, if you’re working with another person – cooperation and communication are essential!

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