Recently the NBA league has been buzzing over the actions of the L.A. Lakers Power Forward Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) who sent a vicious elbow towards the head of Oklahoma City Thunder’s Guard James Harden. After making a thunderous dunk to close in on Oklahoma City’s score, Metta came down from the goal in an elaborate celebration that led to the injury of Harden and his (Metta’s) ejection from the game. Even after much debate about whether or not Metta’s elbow to Harden’s head was intentional, Metta was punished with a 7 game suspension causing him to miss the first half of the playoffs. Metta’s overly excessive celebration of his own score may cost him one thing that all NBA players attempt to reach, the playoffs. If the L.A. Lakers don’t make it pass the first four games of the playoffs, Metta may have seen his last days in the 2011-2012 NBA season. His poor decisions led to his early departure.
WARNING!!! Excessive celebration over your abilities and gifts and poor decisions on how to use them can lead to your early departure. It’s not about Metta deciding to have a celebration after a good shot, but it is more about the manner in which he chooses to do so that leads to his early departure from the game. How often do we see this played out in the entertainment arena particularly, and in life in general? Many people start to get puffed up concerning their gifts and abilities and pride, narcissism, and egos start to develop. They become so busy celebrating themselves and pushing their own agendas that their excessive celebration leads to their early departure. There is nothing wrong with encouraging ourselves and patting ourselves on the back when we do a good job (for this feeds our healthy self-esteem), but always putting self first and excessively celebrating our accomplishments may come with its own ditches that if we are not careful can become our home after our early departures. Watch how you celebrate your accomplishments and don’t do so at the expense of others; for doing so can lead to your early departure.