There’s something about college sports. I was able to go to a recent college basketball matchup between the Belmont Bruins and the Murray State Racers.This was a special night as both teams were atop their divisions. Whoever won this game would be in first place in the OVC conference. The results were exciting. The ESPN recap was lackluster. Here are some highlights:
But that’s not what I was most impressed by. Sure the Murray State coach went crazy. He was a bit upset at times during the game. The Belmont Booster members had interesting comments to make to the refs and opposing players and coaches. The half-time BMX show was pretty sweet too.
But there was one thing that really stood out to me.
Do you see what I see? I see some fanatics!
But at first glance, one might think that the Bruins logo is the ‘B’ in “GO BELMONT”. But it’s not. You see, the dude with the ‘B’ painted on his chest is just behind the Bruin logo dude and the ‘E’ dude.
Why is this?
I watched this guy all night. When the game first started, you could easily read these fanatics bare chests.
But after about 30 minutes, the ‘B’ dude stepped back. He disappeared behind the mist of what was the Bruin Logo. Perhaps the Bruin Logo dude was a bit aggressive. Perhaps the flannel shirt dude on the right took his space and squeezed him out. Perhaps the Bruin Logo dude wanted more T.V. time. After all, ESPN U was in the house! When Murray State ran out, the Bruin Logo dude had a stuffed animal horse in his mouth, shaking his head side to side. I would assume that was a bear eating a horse…but I digress.
For the remainder of the evening, the painted dudes spelled out:
This is a simple reminder to all of us that we are a part of something greater than my own person. If I step out too far, I eclipse others. If I stand where others are meant to stand, I take their space away. If I don’t stand with others, my contribution to the whole is no longer seen. And when this happens, perhaps what “we” were trying to communicate becomes some sort of guess work by the ones looking in.
Just a small word to us, but a great reminder to “be” who we are, when we are requested. If we are a “B”, be a “B” with boldness.
Just be you.
On that note, if you need some help sorting “you” out, check out the Know You Project. It is an assessment based consulting experience my wife began doing a couple years ago. It may be of benefit to you.