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The Other Side of the Rope


One afternoon a travel-magazine writer and his daughter were trying to figure out what they wanted to do. Since he knew she liked baseball, he asked: “How would you like to go see the Texas Rangers play?”
“No, thanks, Dad,” the little girl said.
“Why not?” the father asked, surprised.
“Because,” the girl answered, “I’d rather be on the other side of the rope.”
The man stared at his daughter, studying her, trying to understand what she meant. He knew she loved baseball. What did she mean she would “rather be on the other side of the rope”? Was rope the latest slang term? He asked her about it.
“Remember last summer when little sister and I went to see the filming of ‘Dallas’?” she asked.
He nodded, waiting for her to continue.
She explained that during the filming, a rope had been put up around the set to keep the spectators back. She had stood behind the rope with the rest of those watching, as the film crew ran back and forth on the set. It was really hot that day, and everyone, including the actors, was sweating under the light reflectors on set. All the same, that day she decided, then and there, that if ever she had a choice, she would rather be doing things than watching them being done. Finally, she summed it up. “I’d rather be playing baseball than going to a baseball game,” she said to her dad.
The little girl had recognized that there were two approaches to life—the active and the passive. Although watching was fun, given a choice she knew the real fun was participating in the game of life. Being passive is often procrastination, and it is easy to become attached to this state. It is important to break the attachment, which comes with the procrastination, that holds Soul in the lower worlds. I am trying to give you the inspiration to find out how to live life and to enjoy it.
There will be times when troubles come, but this is how the game works. As Soul, you owe it to yourself to participate in the experience of going into life and getting the richest, fullest experiences that you can.
Sri Harold Klemp,
The Book of ECK Parables,
Volume I, pp. 81-82


“We are Soul. This life is an opportunity for Soul
to get rich experiences in any way that It can.
I am speaking about uplifting, constructive
experiences, the kind where we find ways to
serve all of life.”
Sri Harold Klemp,
The Book of ECK Parables,
Volume 1, p. 103

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