Down Here on the Ground

By Thomas Hubbard.  
Published on Monday, February 11, 2013

It’s no secret: Humanity praises those with the gift of celebrity. From the supermen of sports, to the divas who epitomize Andromeda in all her beauty—their place among clouds and constellations is owed chiefly to those who place them there.

I believe this admiration comes from a sincere place. I believe that in every human being, there is a sense of accomplishment when we see someone reach their goal. It serves as reassurance; that anything is possible, and that we, too, can dream as deep as our imaginations will take us.

But when the night sky fades, and the enchantment of its stars are overpowered by Morning’s sun, the horizon of reality blinds our human eyes. Naturally, we turn our sights back to the ground. Down here on the ground, where dreams reside, and those who dream them, collide.

Many call it the rat race, a pursuit through a figurative maze in which an ending or reward cannot be achieved. Others describe it as crabs in a bucket. Here, new heights are just within our reach, but thwarted by an inner circle of envy and jealousy. As a result, no one reaches a new plateau because each “crab” pulls the other one back down. Both analogies are plagued by a lack of sportsmanship and represent the difficulties down here on the ground

The bigotry of sportsmanship…down here on the ground

What is it about sportsmanship? We display it so graciously to those we’ve never met, and yet, snub the ones we call associates and friends. Why is it that we can honor a celebrity without reservation—even rave about them for hours at a time? But when it comes to that equally talented family member, neighbor, or colleague, we give them the cold shoulder. Why can’t we tell them “job well done” or “keep working hard?”

A true champion isn’t afraid to give credit where credit is due. In fact, he or she looks for ways to do so! They are confident in their own talent and abilities, but sensible enough to recognize the greatness around them. They understand that true greatness comes in many forms and begins from the ground up. Yes, down here on the ground!

I can only imagine what the Wright Brothers faced in their day. Like all pioneers, I am certain they had their share of detractors who called them and their idea of a flying machine “crazy.” Sometimes, stars aren’t placed among clouds and constellations. They simply persevere and find a way to get there.

Perseverance, therefore, is the alternative to the crabbing and self-defeating rat races down here on the ground. It is a combination of drive, innovation, and good sportsmanship. Perseverance is one’s sheer determination that revolutionizes and takes others along for the ride…much like the Wright Brothers and their flying machine.

This is your Monday Unleaded for the week of February 10, 2013. Have a productive week!

Song of the Week

This week’s topic was inspired by a song of the same name. It’s been covered many times, but my favorite version comes from one of my favorite singers…Mr. Lou Rawls. Enjoy!


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