Tuesday, November 09, 2010
You know how we bowl side by side, one eye on the scoreboard as we squint down the bowling lane, wondering how many pins will fall to our superior skill?
What do you think would happen if we stopped bending over and squinting down our respective lanes, and instead of swearing at the ball for 3 whole seconds, we took that time to smile at a fellow bowler, and laughed when the ball went into the drain? Or winked when a fellow bowler got a strike or a spare?
What if we stopped racing, tried not to think of only the final score? What if we bowled just for the fun of it and made friends along the way?
What if we stopped scrutinising the other's playing technique and just nodded warmly as the other picked up a bowling ball next to us?
What if life was like bowling: its path the bowling lane, fellow bowlers the people we meet along the way, the bowling ball our efforts and work, the pins the returns we get, and the scoreboard our competitive nature?
What if the act of bowling was bigger than the game? What if living was bigger than being alive?