Last Sunday, we had an Easter Egg Hunt for kids during our monthly run.
Somehow the organizer was short of eggs, I guess.
Even though a “rule” was already in place – that each child could only get one egg – the shortage still occurred.
It was obvious that a significant number of children did not manage to find even an egg.
It’s easy to tell from the facial expressions of the children who did not find the eggs.
They looked so disappointed and depressed. Some at the brink of crying.
To make it worse, every easter egg entitled each child some chocolate. Meaning kids without eggs took home nothing.
“The organizer did not do a good job.” I lamented to a friend, “A supposedly happy egg hunt has turned sour.”
My friend’s reply surprised me.
He said, “It could be a good thing that some kids can’t find the eggs.”
I immediately understood what he meant. I nodded in agreement.
In today’s world, everybody wants everything fast.
Not only that, they can’t bear the fact that they fail to get something.
Patience has gone out the window and microwave oven mentality has taken over the world.
When children can’t get what they want, they fuss and they feel dejected. They are confused and do not know how to handle the situation.
For minor cases, they are sad. For serious ones, some commit suicide due to rejection.
It’s no joke that this is serious. Some teens resort to killing themselves when they fail to get what they want.
That’s why I agreed with what my friend said. The kids at the Easter Egg Hunt should take it as a lesson when they failed to find an egg. A lesson of dealing with dejection. Because you won’t always get what you want in life.
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