The Main Competition

By February 17, 2018 No Comments

Being competitive should just mean being better than you were yesterday. There is no competition with anyone else in the world
Look up from this page and see the world and your position in it. There is an underlying sense that we are all competing against each other. We all want to either be on the front of a magazine or look like the person there. We compete in the workplace; we pretend that we don’t compete in the gym but we so do. Every chance we get all any of us do is compare ourselves to other people – am I as good as him? I’m definitely better than her. What if I can’t beat this person or that person? Ultimately the game of life has a competitor of one – you. There is no one else to beat. There will always be someone else with the shinier toy or the flatter stomach or the bigger bank balance. No matter what you do there will always be more people who are indifferent to what you have achieved. I’d like to think that Thomas Edison considered his disaster at the factory in those terms. Looking up at the inferno he decides it just doesn’t matter. If he did feel anger and he dug deep into it to understand it what would he have found? What is the root of the anger? Maybe that all his ideas were up in flames or that his competitors would get ahead of him. Perhaps he could be annoyed at his livelihood being taken away. All these reasons can be disregarded because the competition was only ever with himself.
If you insist on outsourcing your happiness to what other people think you will never be truly at peace. Shazam! Philosophy bomb! You were not expecting that. It is true but it is difficult to do. To me it becomes part of the process or the journey to get to inner peace.

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