Friday, June 3, 2011

Unity in Balls?

Thank you to our See Beautiful contributing author, Rachael McGuiness Sullivan, who provided the post for today:

How can balls unify people? Seems like an odd question, but when you really think about it, balls unify people around the world.  For example, a golf ball unifies people who watch and play golf.  Likewise, a basketball unifies people who watch and play basketball.  There are tennis balls, soccer balls, bouncy balls, bowling balls, baseballs, softballs, bocce balls and the list goes on and on. They come in all different sizes and colors and can be used for a variety of purposes. Such a simple little thing and yet balls have brought people together for centuries. 

One mother was reminded of this simple truth the other day as she watched her 10-month-old son play with a tennis ball on the kitchen floor.  He would pick up and throw the ball, then crawl to where it had rolled.  She was delighted to watch him learn how the ball worked and what he had to do to continue this little game he was playing with himself.  
Then, the two dogs who share their home with this new “little creature” came into the picture as they realized that, yet another of “their toys” had been taken over.  Now, the dogs USED to be “the babies” until “the baby” came along, and they have been slowly but surely accepting him for 10 months now. 

When the mother saw the dogs approaching, her thought was, “I guess I’ll have to pick the baby up and the game will end.”  However, she watched with joy as her son and two dogs took turns playing with the ball!  The boy continued throwing the ball, but instead of him “fetching” after it, the dogs did the work. The boy and dogs quickly learned their roles in the game and for the first time since the baby was born, the mother sat and watched the three of them play, in unity…and all because of a ball.

So, the next time you see a simple ball-think unity!  Is unity beautiful?…YOU BET!!!! 



  1. Rachel's observation is so on target. It makes me immediately think of the world as a ball and here we ALL sit on it together. We are truly unified. Yes, Rachel, unity is beautiful. AND I am glad you got to sit (for a minute) and watch it unfold.

  2. Love it! I had never thought of a ball being a unifying thing...but I will now! Thanks for pointing it out Rach! Love the picture too! ;0)


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