After reading LIFE/TEAM leader, Steve Leurquin‘s leadership blog, I got to thinking about the various ‘seasons’ in a given calendar year. If you are a sports fanatic, then you’re well aware that basketball season (particularly the college scene), is reaching critical mass as the NCAA tournament is underway. The NIT invitational tournament not withstanding….
There will be those watching the games for all the drama… there will also be those in the ‘pool’ at work, betting on who’s gonna go the farthest… there will even be a few who travel to watch some of the games in person. There’s nothing inherently wrong with doing those things. However; it begs the question: What are you personally getting out of it? Maybe rooting for the school of which you are an alumni. Maybe to make some money in the pool. Maybe purely entertainment value, or maybe just something to do….
I’m reminded of an old classic Orrin Woodward CD entitled “You’re the Project”, where he is speaking where the University of Michigan Spartans play basketball. He references how there are only 10 men on the playing surface – actually in the game. Yet thousands watching. If you include all media outlets, it’s millions watching!
My analogy is simple. Please don’t live vicariously through someone else to make you feel alive. Live your own life on your terms. Play the game you have been given. Come out of the stands and live your life on your terms in order to make a positive difference in your life and the lives of others.
I am on a team within ‘the TEAM’, playing a game of personal development called LIFE! The game isn’t easy (if it was, everybody would be doing it), it’s just worth it. I’m so proud of all my teammates who came out of the stands to play their game. Because they are, I know they will have no regrets regarding how they invested their time into themselves and their fellow-man. These teammates are doers, not watchers, and one day someone will look at the fruit in their life and possibly come to the conclusion: They just got lucky and became an overnight success.
To those teammates, I encourage you to continue to “March 4th.” towards a better life in order to make sense of the madness. To others who are living their God-given purpose, but enjoy the ‘dream, struggle, victory’ of the tournament – enjoy, but please keep it in perspective. Lastly, for those who feel they are living on the sidelines watching life go by: please, for your sake, get in the game and stop the madness!
God bless, John Graff