Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down…

I never understood the game “Ring around the rosey.” First of all, what is a “rosey?” I get that a “posey” is a flower, or at least I think, but I could be wrong about that. In this game, you hold hands and skip in a circle until it’s time to all fall down. And then, for seemingly no reason at all, you stand back up and do it all over again. The 8-year old boy that lives inside of me (and don’t read too deeply into that – we all have a nose-pickin’ mud-pie lovin’ adventurer somewhere inside, 8-yr old boys are just least ashamed and more likely to exhibit those tendencies – now back to what I was saying…) the 8-yr old boy gets the fun of seeing how fast you can make the circle go and how violently you can yank each other to the ground. I don’t know exactly what my issue is with the game, but I think I have trouble with any game that doesn’t have a clear definition of winning and losing, and thereby a strategy for winning. Competitive much?

So, why so much thought about a childhood game? It’s actually what came to mind yesterday as I watched the frenzy surrounding the falling financial market. In a society where we often hear about the widening gap between the haves and have-nots, it occurs to me that the stock market, when rising, fits that description, but, when falling, feels like one of the few places where we’re all in it together. There is a trickle down effect whether you have lots of money invested in mutual funds or none at all. Ashes, ashes, we all fall down. (My financial advisor husband would want me to point out that we should not, however, panic about the current market scenario :))

I am not an economist. In fact, I managed to walk away from a 4-year liberal arts degree and 3 years of post-graduate work without ever setting foot in a business school or taking an economics class. (I regret this, by the way.) But for what it’s worth, I think there are moments where we have a choice to panic, or embrace the reminder that we’re all in this big LIFE thing together. We need each other. And I know that can be scary. We’d prefer to think that our economy could thrive no matter what happens with the Chinese economy, but it just isn’t true. We like to believe we will always have it in us to get back up off of the ground, but even at the age of 34, I’m realizing it will take a few more hands to pull up off the ground and into a standing position.

Maybe a clear win isn’t just a set of numbers on a score board. Maybe the big win really is when we all stand back up TOGETHER.

How are you defining winning in your life right now? How are you helping someone else stand up again?

Better Together!

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One Comment on “Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down…

  1. Jenn, this is a great reflection. My ubderstanding is the morbid history of that game is that it originated during the plague. The “all fall down” was quite literal as were the ashes falling from the fires of the burning bodies. Pleasant eh? Your point is even more clear in this context. We are all in this together, .we will, eventually, “all fall down”. While we are here, it is so much more value added to work together than to fight and scrape over what is essentially a temporary state and trivial things by comparison. Thankfully, our faith tells us there is so much more than this moment in time where we get the opportunity to strive to be Better Together. Even in that knowledge, I think we are called to do everything we can to further God’s Kingdom ad make the most of it while we are still ringing around the rosey. Your reminder really helps with that!

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