BB King: King of the Blues

By: 
DONALD WATTS, Lessons from the Bench
Recently, I was watching a rerun of my favorite late night television show, “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. The guest that evening was the legendary B.B. King, better known as “King of the Blues.”

B.B. was talking about his most recent album “B.B. King - Live at San Quentin.” They were talking about B.B.’s observations while inside a prison.
 
B.B. made an interesting statement: “A lot of the people that made mistakes would not make them again if they had another chance.”
 
What that means to me is that we all make mistakes, but we should learn from them. He then shared a personal story of when he was driving through his home state of Mississippi and was stopped by the police for speeding. The police arrested him and took him to jail, where he was allowed to call his dad. He told his dad that he had been arrested for speeding and needed $35 to get out of jail. His dad asked him if he was OK. B.B. told his dad that he was fine.
 
His dad said, “Then I will see you tomorrow” and hung up the phone.
 
The earlier in life that we, as parents, teach our children there are consequences to one’s actions, the better off they will be. B.B. had the entire night to think about the consequences of his actions of driving too fast. Interesting enough, he was never again arrested for speeding.
 
I often wonder if we are truly helping our children by giving them a trophy for everything they do. At some point in life, they will have to learn to stand on their own two feet and accept the consequences or rewards of their action or inaction. I believe that is what B.B.’s dad wanted to teach him.
 
Apparently, B.B.’s dad taught him many other values, such as being responsible and working hard. When B.B. died in 2005, because of his hard work, the estate he left his family was approximately $30 million. He built that by working hard and taking responsibility for his actions.
 
Lessons from the bench: We all love our children, but sometimes, we can teach them a life lesson by letting them deal with the consequences of their actions on their own.
Judge Watts’ webpage is DonaldWatts.info.
 
 

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