View From the Cheap Seats

Apr 24

Image Courtesy Wikipedia.com.

Image Courtesy Wikipedia.com.

 
In the very top row,
Way up high in the back,
The cheap seats are safer,
At a price I can hack.
 
And I yell at the players,
I scream for my team,
And I counsel the ref,
If you know what I mean.
 
I am safe way up here,
I can’t get a bruise,
I won’t miss a ball,
And I can’t ever lose.
 
But I criticize well,
All the guys on the field,
I’m so far from the game,
That it must be revealed…
 
It scares me to death,
How they fight for their team,
While my cheap seat is safe,
They are living their dream.
 

Brene Brown in her studies on shame reminds us that “It is not the critic who counts.” It’s easy to criticize the players from the cheap seats. How long will you play it safe? The real credit goes to those who enter the arena and dare to compete, whether or not they are fully prepared.

Are you happy to be sitting on the sidelines of life while others are out living their dream? Criticism is not exactly a strategy. Why not jump in and contribute to the team? You may win. You may lose. But at least you dare to jump in.

Affirmation for the day: “I am over my shame and jump into the game.”

Get in the game!

Steve

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