If your answer is “No,” take a moment and think again. If you are alive, you’re on a team. Maybe it’s your family, your significant relationship, your department or division at work, or your neighborhood or community. Maybe it’s your country or your planet. But no matter how you look at it, you are a member of a team.
If you ask people about the richest experiences in their lives, they will usually come up with something they did as part of a team. Sometimes it’s a sports team, but more often it’s a business team, or family members, community orchestra or choir, or some other group where the members were helping each other achieve a common goal.
You can sit on the bench and watch, or you can get up and play. For your mental and physical health, “Be a player.” Get involved. Have a say in calling the plays. Participate! Vote! It’s a lot more fun and, yes, you are correct, it is more work, too. But the more you give, the more you will get. It is all about the opportunity to contribute to something beyond yourself, a chance to express your inner sense of purpose.
“How do I find something to join?” you wonder. Well, what do you care about? What things are important to you? There are other people out there who care about that, too. Why not join with them in a common cause? If there is one benefit to the Internet, it is that it provides a wealth of information about people joining together to accomplish a goal.
You know, a sense of your own personal power is a fine thing, but the ultimate power is the tremendous energy created by people working together toward a positive end-result. No one can make your unique contribution, and no, they won’t get along just fine without you. It is the whole that is nearly always greater than the sum of its parts.
So, what are you waiting for? You are a team player – so go find your team!