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Section:  Avodah   Category: Innocent Observations
Fighting For Your Spot On The Bed

The other night I was taking my younger children to bed and sat down on one of the beds to read them a story. My eight year old was on my right and the six year old on my left. In walked the four year old and started pushing the eight year old away screaming that she needs to hear the story and needs to sit there.

I told the four year old the her sister was there first and she can't push her out of the way. Instead she should just say she would like to hear the story and ask me where she can sit, because I have a special seat for her. She was not interested and continued pushing and screaming, claiming that there is nowhere to sit! Later I told her it was shame she acted like that because the special seat that I had for her was right on my lap.

At the time I was a little surprised and disappointed that her stubborn behavior made her lose out. Why did she not listen to me when I told her not to fight because I was saving her a better seat than both the others had?

Then I realized I also behave the same way. When it comes to business we look at our competitor and say, "Hey that's my space!" We suddenly get tunnel vision and don't beleive there is any other possible way of making a living without pushing our competitor out of the way. At the same time our Father in Heaven is looking down at us and pleading with us to stop fighting, kicking, and screaming. "There is plenty for all of you, and I have a very special something just for you without taking from the others." If only we'd be mature enough and smart enough to listen.

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