In my office I have a basketball. It proudly displays the NCAA Championship label. It’s almost brand new. No signs of wear from repeated bouncing or hits against the backboard. This ball is unique. There’s only one small little flaw. It doesn’t bounce. In fact, it won’t even hold air.
I found this ball at the worse possible point in its life (if basketballs have lives… J ). It had been run over, beaten, and left to brave life on its own. It had been torn apart by forces stronger than it was. Of course, I just had to take the ball under my care and help it to see its value. I knew I had the capability to make it into something of worth.
You see, this basketball, along with its football cousin, had fallen out of a vehicle the night before. Both had been squashed by a passing car or truck. Its skin was ripped apart, seemingly beyond repair. I noticed it as I sat in traffic—something I rarely do. I sprang into action, jumped out and rescued the ball. Now it has a new and safe home in my office.
Most people look at it and wonder why I have such a dilapidated and wretched thing. I tell them its value is on the inside rather than its outward appearance. You see, inside this ripped and damaged basketball that will never bounce again is a crisp, new $100 bill. It’s taped to the inner surface. Oh yeah, it has value! I now proudly display my basketball.
What I learned from the ball that would not bounce:
1) Just because one part of your lives ends, it doesn’t mean you can’t continue living and contributing.
2) The value is not always on the outside. Most often the true worth lies below the surface. It’s well worth the look!
3) When a ball loses its bounce, there are still wonderful opportunities out there for them if they are willing to pursue them! My basketball is going to be one of the star performers in my speaking engagements!
4) Never, never, never give up if you become a wounded basketball. Though rough around the edges from being run over, you are still enormously valuable to the world.
You may feel like that basketball. What’s more, you may look like you’ll will never bounce again. Your dreams have been shredded or run over by some powerful life force. But inside, beneath that jagged cover is something of immense value and worth. Rescue yourself from the outward appearance of never amounting to anything, discover a new purpose and create a safe environment in which to grow, you will not be disappointed! In short, never underestimate the power of the Ball That Would Not Bounce!
Answer these questions about your life and circumstance and you will be well on your way to finding your true north. I encourage you to take the time to work through these questions. You’re worth it!
Finding Your Own True North:
1) In what ways do you feel like the ball that would not bounce?
2) In those moments, what inner value do you see?
3) How can you contribute to your world even if you can no longer do what you thought you’d do?
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