Written by: Kraig Ware, VP of Operations
Recently my oldest son brought home one of his writing projects from middle school called “The Maze.” It is a fictional story that he wrote about a family that was going on a dream vacation. Along the way, a choice had to be made…a critical choice. More than a creative story, the “choice” made towards the end of the journey is simply incredible. I hope you see the value/consequence of the choices we all make through the eyes of this young man. Enjoy…
by: Shelton Ware (unedited)
Once there was a family taking a trip to the country for what they thought would be their dream vacation. They were driving down the old dilapidated country road and noticed they were low on fuel. They found an old gas station and walked in to pay for the gas. There was no one in the store, just a sign that said, “I’ll be back in an hour”. So the family looked around on the maps for another gas station, but the nearest one was more than an hour away and would not be able to make it. So they would have to wait.
Another eerie sign all around the store said “beware of blur”.
They thought it was just something fake and put it out of their minds.
Across the street there was a corn maze it looked very odd but the family did not think much of it. The family thought it would be something fun to do while they wait. The instant the family entered the corn maze chills ran down their backs.
They dismissed it as wind and continued on through the maze. Then they heard footsteps in the corn and they knew it was not them walking because they were frozen in fear. All the sudden a black thing as it was indescribably fast it was like a blur. No one could see for a couple of seconds. Then when their vision was returned the mother was gone, nowhere to be seen. Then the Dad and the boy heard a scream in the distance. Then the family realized this was far worse than the dream vacation they all thought they were going on. The boy and the father immediately started sprinting for their lives. For hours on hours they were searching desperately for the entrance but it was nowhere to be found. At last they found the entrance out of the maze. Once they got to the exit the dad made it out but at the last second the corn shot across like a curtain making a wall trapping the boy inside. The boy had no idea what to do he tried shouting for help but there was no answer to be heard. The boy had no choice to wander the maze looking for another way out.
The sun was starting to set and the evening chills were wandering through the air. The maze almost seemed endless to the boy. It was like it was evolving and moving as time passed. After hours of searching for a way out the boy was tired. He had to rest somewhere. He decided to lay down in a corner where the boy thought nothing could find him.
He woke up the sun is eyes but he felt something creep across his arm he looked at it and saw corn husks slowly wrapping around his arm and other parts of his limbs. He tried to free himself but he was to weak. He could not move at all. The corn then started to pull him into the dark rich soil. Everything was dark nothing to be heard or seen. He awoke in a small dark room with one old dim light hanging from the center. The boy was thinking trying to remember anything he could to figure out what was going on.
Then he remembered that on the signs stating “beware of blur” there was always black smudges. They were on the maze sign, on the corn that trapped him in, and on the corn that pulled him to this room. He realized this is the blur, the blur was what took his mom, trapped him, and what brought him here. This is the blur’s maze and it has been manipulating it and everything that ever dared to enter.
The boy got out of the chair he was in and inspected the room. He noticed there was a small door in front of him that he didn’t seem to notice before. He cautiously opened the door to find an open field with his mom and dad standing in the middle. He walked toward them and progressed to a sprint. When he reached them he was shocked to find that they were gone. Then another humanoid figure was standing almost hovering in front of him. He reached out and felt it. He heard a faint voice say,
“Here you are, you have passed all my tests now…here before you stands the final
The blur vanished. He looked up and saw his parents again standing apart from another. They had ropes around them. He heard the voice again say “choose”. The boy realized he had to choose one of his parents. He thought he could never choose one parent over another. He would have to live with the grief that he killed one of his parents forever. Thoughts started racing through his head about his parents and what they have done for him. He couldn’t pick he just couldn’t.
The thought of grief kept cycling through his head. Then he realized something he could pick his own life instead of theirs. He thought he had to do this, he could not pick between his parents. He yelled out,
“I will pick myself!”
The blur replied “if you wish” instantly everything was black, it was the same feeling as when he was put into the room. He heard another voice say “congratulations you have passed.” The boy was stunned. He remembered every thing was a test and maybe this was the right choice. The voice again said “by choosing yourself to save two was very honorable, every other person I have tested did not choose themselves and then I banished them to the Maze forever. You have passed so you and your family are free I will return you home”. Again everything was black the same feeling as before. He awoke in front of the maze with his family. There was their car, the worker was back at the gas station. They filled up and continued on their dream vacation. But the thought of the blur lingered in their minds forever…
In business and in our life, sometimes it feels as if we are in a maze. Perhaps a clear direction isn’t on your current horizon and you must make a choice to go right, left, turn around, or just keep going straight ahead. Regardless of our current location or your desired destination, we will all have to make choices along the way. Those choices will of course effect you and in turn they will also effect those around you. At TYGES ,we understand the value of of making the right decision. Sometimes that choice is not the easiest thing to do; yet, it is simply the right thing to do.
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