It’s Not About You–It Probably Shouldn’t Be Anyway

(watching)

 

People amaze me.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. It’s unbelievable what talent, creativity, a sense of humor, and a whole lot of hard work can combine to become.

Watch this video from the OSU marching band. It’s a little long, but well worth it. The horse is my personal fav although the kids liked Mario best.

Isn’t that amazing?

There’s no way the people on that field appreciated the show when they were stuck in the middle of it all. Only those in the stands could see the greater picture. 

Literally.

What a cool lesson on being part of something bigger than yourself. In putting yourself in the background.

Despite what the world yells at us, it doesn’t always have to be about US! About me. About you. It doesn’t. And it’s not.

We’re all part of something, right? A family. A company. A neighborhood. A church. Maybe a group of writers or a group of teachers.

It’s easy to get caught up in the ME part of that group. What is the group doing for me? They expect too much of ME. They aren’t doing what I want. I’m tired. I’m bored. I, I, I. Me, me, me. But it’s not always about us. In fact, it should rarely be about us. 

There are times when standing out is a bad thing.

When being unique is a bad thing. There are times when we need to tell our inner, whiny, narcissistic self to shut up! There are times–and should be more times–when we need to put our chin down, work hard, and simply do our part. 

 Think Beijing Olympic’s Opening Ceremony.

So take a step back today and be part of something that doesn’t revolve around YOU.

Instead of “What can my family do for me?”, “What can I do to make my family better, my company better, my neighborhood better?” Work for the betterment of the group.

In short, take a look at your circle of influence and improve it.

(Didn’t plan to wax philosophical this morning. Sorry. :) I still can’t figure out how I got from a college football half-time show about video games, to being a positive contributor in society, but you probably already know I’m strange.)

Oh, and have a great Monday.

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Author: Rebecca Belliston @rlbelliston

Hopeless romantic and author of CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND, SADIE and AUGUSTINA. Music nerd and composer of RELIGIOUS and CLASSICAL-STYLE music. I live in Michigan with my husband and five kids.

6 thoughts on “It’s Not About You–It Probably Shouldn’t Be Anyway”

  1. This was totally my goal for the day! I’m going to totally be focused on things besides me, since I’ve been feeling that selfish bug lately and it’s making me a bit horrid to be around, lol.

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    1. BYU Band? That is awesome. What instrument did you play? I was never in band, but I’ve always thought it was amazing that people play and march at the same time. I’m musical, but a pianist. All we have to do is sit. :)

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  2. You’re right. The horse was awesome. Who thinks up things like that? People amaze me. Loved your philosophical post. So true.

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    1. Exactly! I’m still trying to picture how someone could have choreographed the whole thing. It boggles my mind. People really are amazing.

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