Be a team player

April 15, 2018

You may have heard this saying: “Unless you’re the lead dog, the view never changes.”

Not everyone is the lead dog. Not everyone is the CEO or leading man. Better to be a working actor than an out-of-work star. At least you’re in the play.

Every person who has accomplished anything of value in this world and is honest, recognizes that he or she hasn’t done it alone. They’re part of a team. Even Christ had a group of Apostles.

If you’re in a supporting role, accept it. Not everyone is a leader every time. By being a part of the cast, you can make the entire production stronger. You can do your part to make it work. And you’ll learn the humility and team spirit that will be so important if you do get that lead.

Take a look at your life. Are you living as fully as you can where you are right now? Or are you waiting until someone recognizes your true talent to really give it your all? If you’re in a supporting rather than a starring role, maybe it’s because the cast needs the strength and talents that you can provide. Maybe the team needs a blocker. Life is not so much about the greatness of the role we’re given as it is the heart with which we play it.

It’s great to strive for the lead-dog position, but give yourself permission to enjoy and contribute from the level that you’re at right now.

God, help me to accept the role that I have been given and to play it with dignity and to the best of my ability.

From the book: More Language of Letting Go

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In addiction and recovery circles, Melody Beattie is a household name. She is the best-selling author of numerous books.

One of Melody's more recent titles is The Grief Club, which was published in 2006. This inspirational book gives the reader an inside look at the miraculous phenomenon that occurs after loss--the being welcomed into a new "club" of sorts, a circle of people who have lived through similar grief and pain, whether it be the loss of a child, a spouse, a career, or even one's youth.

For more information about Melody and her books, visit the author's official website