I still remember the first time I heard the phrase “Don’t put your eggs all in one basket.” I was about four years old and we had an old Atari game where you had to catch eggs in a basket and during the game, the little chicken would remind you not to put all the eggs in one basket.
I remember mulling that one over for awhile. Why wouldn’t I put all my eggs in one basket, I wondered. It seemed smart to me. Then they’re all safe and snug in one spot where I can’t lose them. Oh, but then what if I lost the basket? Well, I’d lose all my eggs! Or what if I dropped the basket? Yikes, I’d break all the eggs. I began to understand the wisdom of that chicken.
It is years later and I find myself still mulling over that piece of advice. Now I’m not catching Atari eggs. Shoot, I’m not even worried about real eggs in a real basket. I’m thinking a bit more philosophically over here.
Sometimes I find myself pouring my heart and soul into these little children that have been entrusted to me. Metaphorically speaking: I put all my eggs in one basket.
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