When the king wasn’t looking, I jacked his crown .” That’s what Garrett said to me as he handed me a photo of his date from the night before. A photo of his date wearing a king’s crown. I laughed. It was to be expected…typical Garrett behavior. The young man can create mischief and fun in an empty phone booth. As a boy, “Time Out” didn’t work for him, as it had for Lindsey. Garrett always found a way to entertain himself while standing in a corner. Therefore, and to his dismay, more drastic measures had to be taken with him than with his sister. But he survived.

G continued to describe the events from the Cherokee Arts, Night Under the Lights Ball and I laughed some more. Afterwards, when the story telling was done, his phrase, “When the king wasn’t looking, I jacked his crown “, looped through my mind. I thought of how easily we become distracted and lose things. Our focus shifts from one thing to another, and we lose some more. Or how, many times, we’re so preoccupied with one thing, that we don’t see the thief as it approaches…giving opportunity to take something of value from us. The thief can look innocent enough. It can even look good. But, if you’re spending time with a thief, and this is true with all thieves, eventually something you value is going to come up missing. Your thief may be a job that steals time from loved ones or a love interest who steals your study hour and your good grades. Your thief may look like a bad habit…a cigarette, stealing your health; alcohol mixed with automobiles, stealing your life.

In truth, too much of anything can be a thief, even if it’s good in small increments: football, baseball, television, golf, the internet, your iPhone…whatever it is, if it steals time from the important things in life…the humans in your life…then take a step back and adjust the timer.

Don’t let it jack your crown.


End Note: The crowns were returned to His Majesty and His Queen before the Ball was over.


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