June 2020

I was preparing to speak at a conference and I decided to bring an orange on stage with me as a prop for my lecture. I opened a conversation with a bright young fellow of about twelve who was sitting in the front row.

If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?”  I asked him.
He looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, “Juice, of course.
Do you think apple juice could come out of it?
No!” he laughed.
What about grapefruit juice?
No!
What would come out of it?
Orange juice, of course.”
Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?
He may have been getting a little exasperated with me at this point.
Well, it’s an orange and that’s what’s inside.
I nodded. “Let’s assume that this orange isn’t an orange, but it’s you. And someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something you don’t like, offends you. And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear. Why? The answer, as our young friend has told us, is because that’s what’s inside.