October 10, 2020
While I usually do not post something written be someone else (at least I paraphrase!), I thought today’s Blog deserved a repost. I grew up just as Dr. Seuss began writing and I was not read his numerous insightful stories. I did however read them to my son Alexander. Today my mother called to tell me her daily devotional referenced the story of the Zax. This was part of a book called The Sneetches and Other Stories, copyrighted in 1961. As I reread the story, I realized it was just as pertinent today as it was 60 years ago.
“One day, making tracks In the prairie of Prax, Came a North-Going Zax And a South-Going Zax.
And it happened that both of them came to a place Where they bumped. There they stood.
Foot to foot. Face to face.
“Look here, now!” the North-Going Zax said, “I say! You are blocking my path. You are right in my way. I’m a North-Going Zax and I always go north. Get out of my way, now, and let me go forth!”
“Who’s in whose way?” snapped the South-Going Zax. “I always go south, making south-going tracks. So you’re in MY way! And I ask you to move And let me go south in my south-going groove.”
Then the North-Going Zax puffed his chest up with pride. “I never,” he said, “take a step to one side. And I’ll prove to you that I won’t change my ways If I have to keep standing here fifty-nine days!”
“And I’ll prove to YOU,” yelled the South-Going Zax, “That I can stand here in the prairie of Prax
For fifty-nine years! For I live by a rule That I learned as a boy back in South-Going School.
Never budge! That’s my rule. Never budge in the least! Not an inch to the west! Not an inch to the east! I’ll stay here, not budging! I can and I will If it makes you and me and the whole world stand still!”
Well…Of course the world didn’t stand still. The world grew. In a couple of years, the new highway came through And they built it right over those two stubborn Zax And left them there, standing un-budge in their tracks.”
𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛𝗧𝗦: Far too often we find it more important to be right than to find common ground. Do not be a Zax. In the words of Forest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.” Do the work. Change is coming and it starts with you.