“Get Over Yourself!”


So when will the Washington Nationals win a playoff series? Is today the day?

Sometimes your best just isn’t good enough. Sometimes you fight and scratch and claw your way only to come close and fall short. And such is the case of the Washington Nationals and their respected but also riled in retrospect skipper, Dusty Baker. In retrospect, Dusty has had a clean career. He’s won as a player, ironically with the Dodgers. Now he’s trying to beat those same Dodgers and undue years of frustration and exasperation as a manager who’s been bounced from team to team because he’s hasn’t won the big one.

But perhaps today will be the day. Perhaps the Nats will get over the hump and get over themselves and stop thinking too much about themselves individually and focus on winning as a team. For starters, two of the Nationals biggest and brightest stars need to get over themselves. Bryce Harper was last year’s Rookie of the Year, and Stephen Strasburg was the best rookie pitcher since sliced bread when he burst onto the scene a few years ago. But this year both have faded.  The Nats have great individual talent, but it hasn’t parlayed into a great team effort in the post season just yet. But maybe what the Nats need to do is to get over themselves.

“Get over yourself” is a patronizing phrase used to tell someone that you believe they hold too high an opinion of themselves, or are behaving in a conceited or pompous manner. Could it be that this is the reason the Nats, and sometimes the rest of us too, can’t win the big one?

So get over yourself. Stop thinking that you’re so good and that you’re so smart and that you’re all that. You’re one of many trying to win at the game of life. So just live a life that’s pleasing to God. No one is “better” than anyone else. No one. Some may be “better off” in their current station in life, but no one is better. So just live life as best you know how. Strive to beat your own best time and to exceed your own best effort.

When you do the right thing, the results will take care of themselves.

Go Nats!

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