Put me in, coach!
“There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who have no idea what’s happening.” – John Madden
Even though I don’t watch nearly as much football now as I did when I was younger, I’ve always remembered that great line (above) from John Madden, my all-time favorite color commentator.
His observation is most certainly true in the realm of sports where there are players, and then there are spectators, and then there are a fair number of other people who wish they understood the game.
Pretty true in life as well, don’t you think?
Some people are leaders, some (most) are followers, and the rest – well, are people who don’t seem to care about much in particular.
As easy as it may be to always be the spectator, it’s not a bad idea to get in the game once in a while.
Just because we may not all be natural quarterbacks, doesn’t mean there aren’t many other special roles we could fill in what ultimately is a team effort in the big game of life.
Think about ways you might come out of the grandstand and go down on the field – where the action is.
Do it for you, for your children, for our planet.
When we take on added responsibility for ‘making things happen’, it can be challenging for sure and downright unnerving at times.
But when we move from passive spectator to active player, we are much more engaged in the game and have an opportunity to influence the outcome.
At the end of the day we feel empowered, knowing that we made an investment in something bigger than ourselves. It’s a great feeling – getting off the sideline and into the game.
To your health!