From The Storyteller
Hello All: This story is about keeping our eyes open while we wait for some really great surprises. Enjoy, Doug
“You can never tell the depth of the well by the length of the handle on the pump” is one my father’s favorite sayings, and this goes well with John Lennon’s saying,” life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
Example: My Shoemaker stories began in Harlingen, Texas in 2016. They continued from Lubbock, Texas until 2020 and are now being written in Lawrence, Kansas. No, this wasn’t our original 2016 plan, and yes, the moves have been very positive, even with the 2020 pandemic.
Which naturally brings me to Pickleball Ball, of which until three weeks ago I had no awareness. Today, based on a FB meme, I did a Google search and discovered the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) is the world governing body of Pickleball. With forty-three member nations, it’s attempting to have it named an Olympic sport. Color me surprised!
Fact: Pickleball was created in 1965 by a dad who had three kids that were bored. This of course leads me to predict that our world is on the verge of some great new ideas. Why? Because 2020 has given the whole world a huge case of lock-down boredom. Yes, bored people worldwide have been turned loose to fill their days with something interesting. And this brings me to the difference between the pump handle, John Lennon’s saying, and Pickleball.
Suggesting a well's depth, based on the length of the pump handle, is simply “guessing”, and having a well thought out plan and expecting it to always work, is more like “hoping”. Neither are assured, so both are maybes. Pickleball is different because it points to a sure thing - bored people are going to create great new ways to fill their days.
Moral: When time and motivation come together, great ideas will happen.