Monday, 25 June 2018

Today’s Gift



It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

—Ursula K. LeGuin

Billy and his dad were excited about Fan Appreciation Night. They wanted to get one of the souvenir baseballs thrown into the stands. As they hurried toward their seats, they saw a man drop a ten-dollar bill. Billy picked up the money.

“Hey, Mister,” he said loudly. The man in front of him turned around. “You dropped this.” Billy handed him the money.

“Thank you,” said the man. Billy returned to his dad. Just as they reached their row, a ball came sailing towards their empty seats. Someone from the row behind caught it. Billy swallowed hard. “I know,” said his dad, looking at Billy, “But you did the right thing.”

For his effort, Billy will bring home a souvenir far more lasting and valuable than a baseball or a ten-dollar bill. He will know the bittersweet feeling of making a sacrifice to do what is right.

What sacrifice have I made to do what is right? 
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