Confession # 2. Whose team am I really on?
Confession. I love teaching. There is a simplicity that resonates with my soul when I get to openly share the thoughts and tendencies that are in my heart. I am convinced that we are all blessed with our own personal talents, qualities and characters. Some humans may be aesthetically pleasing to the human eye; others may have the gift of math, or my personal want, the voice of an angel. However I would like to assume my gift would be to love and to teach. Although I have just stated two talents I would like to refine them as is;
I have been blessed to teach with love and by loving others I am fulfilled to teach.
Now don’t let this statement fool you. I am as feisty as a cheetah but I can be as tender as a child. I guess it depends on the day you catch me. However, through the long 25 years I have lived. Hence the many wrinkles….. I know that there are….let me back up. I TESTIFY to you that there are specific experiences I have gone through that I needed to foresee and live out as painful as much as they were tragic; they have molded my heart and educated my perspective. You may be wondering how all of this has to do with the title of a team and then the connection of teaching. Bear with me beautiful people. No matter who you are where you come from and what you believe. Please read this post to the end with an open heart and a willingness to understand my thought process.
When attending a sporting event one may notice the following; competing teams, a crowd, a referee, cheerleaders (another personal favorite) refreshments, scoreboard, opposing crowd, cheering crowd, penalties, whistles, teammates, etc.
This world is a beautiful place. It has a force for good and a force for bad. I would like to consider these forces teams. As a competitive person by nature it establishes better with my brain when I put it into context as this. Which team am I playing for? Who am I letting coach me? Am I playing for the good team? Or the bad team? Am I using my blessings and talents of love and teaching to help my team win. Or am I teaching the opposing team with my influence or letting them tempt me away from my promised Win. Let’s be honest, everybody loves to WIN. Everybody loves that stimulation of success. We all want to win in our own way.
There are a lot of good people in this world who don’t claim any particular religion, God, or practice. There are a lot of bad people in this world who do claim God but fail to do the tender acts of kindness that empowers good. As humans we tend to get so wrapped up in our personal reflection (and not always literally) of the daily strum and the drum of life. Whether it is physical fitness, personal relationships, our studies, a job, or family relationships. I think that we need to take time to reflect on the team we are playing for and take note of the direction we are headed in. Are we playing to WIN or are we succeeding at losing?
I feel as humans it is at our easiest convenience to doubt our capabilities and to lose our voice. We muffle our talents by others discouragement or we lose our game plan by defeats and advances of the bad team. We left self-doubt creep in when opponents of our team whisper inflicting words into our team huddle. We let the opposing crowd bully our game strategy and ultimately we open our playbook for the other team to criticize.
However I know that there is a good force in this world that wants us to win. Who would love nothing more than to see us crowned the winners in the last and final moments of the game. To this I would like to ask you. What team are you playing for? Are you playing for the good team? Are you constantly striving to make good choices that not only benefit your win, but the teams win. The members of your team who are also striving to make a difference in this life. Are you taking opportunities to pass them the ball and let them advance in a play? Or are you playing for the bad team? Are you letting them by you to tackle, score, or move forward on your teammate?
Whether you believe in God Buddha or just down right Karma. There is opposition in all things. There is always a positive and a negative. NO matter how you choose to see it there is only one winner in the end. It is easy to get lost in life. Wake up, go to the gym, answer e-mails, go to class, go to work, and grocery shop, have dinner with friends, laundry, shower, and then turn in for bed. As the time keeps ticking and life keeps moving forward I would like for the minutes of my life to make something of them rather than collect as another day. I would hope that when my time has come and I have gone, that my minutes will have led my team to victory.
Using our talents, blessings, and desires in our hearts to do good I know that we can better our lives and the lives of others in this world that we are all living in. Confession? I feel at times that I am stimulated by the past and anger that I have harbored the defeat of others trying to run me down. My heart wounds easily and it is very hard for me to trust others and move forward in forgiveness. I must confess that I am quite terrible at forgetting the past. Sometimes it is my security blanket of knowledge that I feel I must hold on to too navigate me as a good judge of character. However the more bitter I become about others the less I get to experience in this life. We have been given so much. There are so many opportunities to lift where we stand, to serve others with love, to put a smile on a strangers face. To help our family in times of need to help a friend prepare or just comfort someone in need. The bitterness will never taste as good as the sweet joy of pure happiness.
So I challenge you now to decide which team you play for. Remember you can’t wear two uniforms. You can only represent one team. It is up to you and only you who you want to play for. There will be mistakes made in the game, but with an open heart and a willingness to move forward we can do just that. We can move forward with faith in the future that we are doing our very best to represent the team that will win, because good always wins.
Use your talents and bless this world with them. Let your inner good shine and choose to make havoc on this world and let’s chase away the darkness and stand for something GOOD. Confess your bad plays and then toss them aside. Don’t focus on them. Forget them. Don’t let them make you bitter let them make you better. I love you with a heart so full and a soul so touched by your inspiring words and ability to uplift me in the times where I need a good kick in the ahhh…. You know the rest. Attached is a video I think that we need to really watch and take in. Knowing whose team you’re on starts with knowing who you are and what you are worth. Believe in your good so that the world can to. I love you. XO