2014-11-19 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

First Aid for ā€œIā€ Disease
By Larry G. Spence

I want to talk a little about "I" disease this week. 1 don't mean "eye" disease, but the other kind. The kind where it's "all about me." Most of the things we are involved with take a team effort to reach our goals or have success. It's true in business, in sports, in the workplace, and many other areas of our lives. Nobody is a whole chain. Each one is a link, and if you take away one link, then the chain is broken.

In sports nobody is a whole team. Each one is a player. But take away one player and the game is forfeited. Nobody is a whole orchestra, each one is a musician. But take away one musician and the symphony is incomplete. In a show or play nobody is the whole play, each one involved is an actor. If you take one of the actors, then the whole performance suffers

The point we are trying to make is that no one person can do it all, nor should they take credit for it all. It takes a team effort and no matter how small a part you might play on the team, you are still part of something that takes teamwork to be successful. So, we need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. We are not isolated islands.

If this thing we call life is to work, then we need to support and lean on each other, and relate and respond to each other, and more importantly, rely on each other. Otherwise we are doomed. So let's start ministering to our "I" disease and try using the word "we" more often than we have in the past. It's like the old turtle on a fence post story again. You see a turtle on a fencepost, you know it had to have help to get up there. It sure didn't get there by itself. Let's lean on each other and not forget that it takes a team, at least some help from above and from others to reach our goals and have the success we have or strive to obtain. And when you do reach your goal, don't forget to thank those who helped you along the way.

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