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Sunday Scribbling: Competition December 7, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 6:33 pm


I would love to say that I am not competitive. And being not involved in sports, it might almost be believable . . . unless you sit down with me to play a friendly game. I find that I really like to win. I do alright if I lose (better than I used to), but why lose when you can win? I think that being competitive can be a good thing. I strive to do better than the last time. I will not settle for doing less than my best. However, being competitive takes a bad turn when the emphasis changes. Making sure someone else does worse rather than working on my own performance, or in finding competition where it doesn’t exist through attributing intentions to other’s successes. For example, “She has more money (or fill in the blank with your favorite difference) than I do, so she must think she is better than I am.” This competition sets up boundaries, eliminates relationships, and creates animosity. This is a competition within yourself that sets you against the world.

If I can avoid that kind of competition, then a little high-spirited board game should be just fine.


8 Responses to “Sunday Scribbling: Competition”

  1. paisley Says:

    you are right thee is a time and a place for everything…


  2. Lucy Says:

    “This is a competition within yourself that sets you against the world.” So true… this is more like jealousy, not a good quality.


  3. forgetfulone Says:

    Why lose when you can win? Yes!


  4. Rob Kistner Says:

    “Hight-spirited”… cosmic code for competition… 😉


  5. tumblewords Says:

    I agree with you – competitive CAN be a good thing, but it also can drag one down…Well spoken post!


  6. gautami tripathy Says:

    We do need that spirit to do better!

    Go Compete


  7. Patois Says:

    Ah, yes, there is good competition and there is not so good. Board games — without my children — typify the good kind.


  8. LittleWing Says:

    yes, i agree…there’s always gonna be some else with bigger boobs…


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