Thursday, March 12, 2009

Your Star Player

I can find inspiration in just about anything. Watching National Geographic the other day I was awed inspired by a beetle that just freezes where it sits during winter and then thaws come summer and simply walks off. As always I am inspired by those that overcome adversity and become better people because of it. But even I was shocked by my latest source of inspiration. For those of you reading this blog that would watch Katt Williams (I am pretty much speaking to Josh and J) I suggest that you watch his latest stand-up. For everyone else I am going to summarize his premise (skipping the language of course).

Katt Williams is well known for openly asking people to hate him and not just any people but specifically "haters". He describes to his listeners that if you have 2 people hating your success right now, that you should strive to have 5 more hating you by the end of the summer. I always laughed at this thought, who truly wants anyone to hate them even if it's for false reasons. But in his new stand up he takes it one step further by saying every morning you should stand in front of the mirror, smile and ask "How is my star player doing today?". His thought is that if we were all owners or coaches of professional teams what would we do for our star players? But in truth in our own lives we ARE the star players, yet we are the first to tell ourselves that we aren't doing a good job. He goes on to describe the Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius. Oscar ran in the 2008 Olympics, he was easy to spot because he didn't have legs. Instead he ran on carbon fiber prosthetic legs. Williams said now this is a man in touch with his star player, not only did he learn how to walk and run, but he pushed himself to be able to compete at the Olympic level. Now here's the hater part of the story, the Olympics allowed him to qualify but then disqualified him due to "an unfair advantage". What like not having legs? I actually heard an interview where an Olympic representative said that he had less weight to drag so of course he won, and after all if we "let" him compete how long until other athletes chop off their legs to gain that advantage. Ok, here I am sitting on the couch with no aspirations of becoming a runner anytime soon and you couldn't print enough money to make me want to chop my legs off. I bet you are wondering what Oscar did...well he went on to win the Paralympics.

I got to thinking about my star player and how I treat her. I find myself constantly challenged by "haters" and I looked at how I deal with that. So for the last week I have smiled, not just a smirk but a full on out smile when confronted. Knowing in my mind that the person starting rumors or talking about me behind my back is just hating and I am successful in shortening their lifespan by just bugging them. I have always been the one to come back with a smart little quip but instead now I just smile because after all you can't change people's behavior you can only change how you feel about it (thank you J for that tid bit). Tadd and I spent a good long time talking after we watched Katt's stand up and we have both just been smiling through the entire week. So I thought I would pass this life quality along.

Oh yeah and Oscar's motto for life..."You're not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have." Thanks Oscar, I would have loved to have seen you on the podium.

1 comment:

Josh said...

I think that people do too often take the "own worst critic" mentality too far. There's a difference between working on yourself to be a better person and constantly berating yourself to the point of depression. It's good to remind yourself that you are the star player of your life. Thanks for posting this; this was a great thing to think about today.