Being a sports fan in the audience is easy – there’s no risk, pain, or skill required. It’s easy for us to critique and criticize the players from the comforts of our living room or from the stadium seats. We have very little riding except for the victory we expect from the team we’re rooting for. We share in their victory or defeat but there are no rewards, contributions, or sacrifice on our part.
The same applies to the game of life. Our lives weren’t meant to be lived from the sidelines, watching and criticizing others – we need to get out on the field and contribute to the team. We may not think we have much to contribute and we may even feel insecure or insignificant. But I can assure you that each one of us are here to make a difference – to love, create, help, heal, and give beyond ourselves.
We have to get out there and give it our best shot in the game of life! We have to stop worrying about what might go wrong and start thinking about what might go right. Play hard but play fair. The team needs us. Let’s take chances, follow our convictions, and most of all, have fun!
It’s a waste of time comparing ourselves to others and how we don’t measure up to them physically, materially, or socially. Fact is there will always be someone younger, prettier (handsome), smarter, funnier, and richer than us. And when we compare ourselves with others, we’ll find ourselves on a dead end road to self-pity, misery, and self-loathing. The solution isn’t to lock ourselves in our homes and not see a single soul ever again.
One of the ways we can combat this temptation of comparison is to foster an attitude of gratitude for our strengths, natural abilities, and unique features. Not only is it important to magnify our strengths but it’s also important to embrace our weaknesses because it gives us a realistic and holistic acceptance of who we are (our strengths along with our weaknesses). It shatters the delusion of perfection and the unhealthy obsession to pursue it in our bodies, careers, and relationships. Life isn’t perfect but we can choose to see these little imperfections as life’s beauty marks in us and in our lives.