A Lion or A Dog

This article is inspired by a father and a son’s conversation they have in a car whilst the father drives to work and would drop the son off at school.

So the father asks the child “if you could have one animal as a pet would you have a lion or a dog?”
The child thinks for just two seconds and responds “a lion and the dog.” His father thinks his son hadn’t heard the question pretty well and was only reiteration the question whilst voicing it out loud so asks again to which he gets the same response.

“No no no! You can have only one, which one?” But the child maintains his choice and reiterates to dad that thats his choice.

Well I wouldn’t claim to know what is in the child’s mind and how modern children in these computer and data age process things but I have come to the profound realization that most of us find ourselves in such a situation. We are confronted by choices in everything that we do and usually it is either one or the other.

Personally I think that is a bit limiting. We were brought up in a situation and circumstances where choices made had to be in a box. Don’t look far. We spent most of our growing up and lives in the classrooms learning one thing or the other and how are our curricular designed. It is even worse at the tertiary level where you either tow the line of the lecturer or you risk failing whatever course.

Where is the room for innovation?
What choices do we have that are open ended?

Parenting has become equally challenging because of what Kiyosaki calls The Rat Race. Parents are chasing after money in a bid to give  a better life to their children that they have left the parenting in the hands of caregivers or teachers whom the children spend most of their time with. Imagine the influence these people have on shaping who these future leaders become.

Now back to the choices. As human beings we all have choices and the choices we make each have consequences that could go for us or against us. Whatever choice we make however it behoves on us to bear the consequences of these choices.

However it is important that we look critically at all the options available to make a choice. For the child once the father has asked that if can choose between a lion and a dog what stops him from having both. Either one that he chooses he believes his father can get it for him so why not have both.

For adults what a choice like that means is that you just have to work harder to cover for all the choices (options) in order to live comfortably. Hard work they say breaks no bones.

Life is full of choices and it is up to you to make the right ones.

Like I always say it begins with YOU!

Make the right choices.

PS
Thank you Alexander Adu-Lartey and darling son Aj for inspiring this.
Bless you!

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2 Responses to “A Lion or A Dog”

  1. Tribbet Grant Says:

    this piece speaks volumes. Your piece is so relational

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