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Ball Don’t Lie! (reap what you sow)

“Ball Don’t Lie!”

Some people may not understand that phrase. Others may think it’s just some foolish basketball jargon. And opposing fans around the NBA may think it’s the only sentence that Rasheed Wallace knows how to put together.

But ‘Sheed’s favorite three words are more than just a simple taunt used on the hardwood court; they’re really a philosophy of life. The ball doesn’t lie.

For those who are unfamiliar with this phrase I’ll explain. In basketball if players get too physical with each other while jostling for position or trying to block a shot then fouls can get called. And if a player gets fouled he often gets the chance to shoot “free-throws” which are a pretty easy way to score points.

Now, on the court, Rasheed rarely likes to admit that he’s done something wrong. So when he gets called for a foul and somebody is shooting free-throws then one thing is guaranteed. If the player misses one of their easy free-throws Rasheed is sure to proudly yell out, “Ball don’t lie!”

In his mind since the other player didn’t get the easy points then that proves Rasheed hadn’t done anything wrong. It also shows that the other player hadn’t earned any points or reward. Things went the way they were supposed to no matter what the official on the basketball court or anyone else said.

And that’s the same in life. If you keep moving ahead every day you’re sure to have some long climbs up hills and you’re sure to have to travel through some very low places. But in the end you’ll reap the rewards for your efforts.

“You reap what you sow.”

“Ball don’t lie.”

Those two phrases go hand in hand.

Now let’s be clear, when a person “sows” they are planting seeds. And when a person “reaps” they are collecting what they’ve planted and grown. But if a person doesn’t plant quality seeds then they shouldn’t expect to grow anything that can sustain or nourish them. If they don’t put anything good into the ground they won’t get anything good out of it.

There are so many ways to say the same thing but still many people don’t get it. I grew up with the phrase, “You are what you eat.” That phrase was said simply enough to sink right into my head and provide very clear pictures while doing it. I knew if all I ate was gum that gum is all my body would have to feed on, which would mean that pretty soon my body wouldn’t be doing so well. And as a child I wondered if this meant that someone would be able to pop me like a big, Bubblicious bubble.

Now as easily as the “You are what you eat” phrase made a concept clear to me it didn’t work for everyone. And with fast-food restaurants polluting the landscape of our country there are still some people who wonder why health-care costs are sky-rocketing. Unhealthy lifestyles and costly doctor trips are correlative. But until people figure this out insurance costs will never have any reduction of substance.

Then there are people that spend quite a bit of their time at their local watering-hole or possibly a nearby casino. Or maybe they prefer to sit at home and watch TV. Whichever the case may be, if too much time is spent like that then they shouldn’t be surprised when life hasn’t taken them to the fabulous places they’ve seen on TV.

You reap what you sow. And time on the couch doesn’t produce much to reap.

But that’s just what I think. What about you?

kenneth w.

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