It’s not all about winning.
If you have a child in any little league sport and you don’t know this, you probably wear yourself out griping about the umpires, cursing the coaches and screaming at all the players (sometimes including your own) to “hussle-up.”
The game is not always just about the win. Sometimes it’s a learning experience. What great person was that who said you learn more from failures? I don’t remember who said it, but whoever it was, they sure have some smartacles.
It’s like life sometimes… We worry so much about getting ahead or “winning” at something and totally miss the real reason we are here. Our purpose is to learn, love and grow. You miss out on so much if you are only concerned with getting to the next level. I know competition is healthy, but is griping, kicking, screaming or gritting your teeth even worth the energy it uses up? Do any of those add minutes to your life, make your heart stronger or your smile bigger? Just like griping at the ump–is it really going to get him to change the call?
Do we still do it sometimes? Yes, because we are just thinking of the win. Well, sometimes, we aren’t thinking at all. We end up making fools out of ourselves for nothing. Anyway…enough little league talk!
Back to why we aren’t supposed to be like a little league “heckler”– we need to remember that learning is important, loving is essential and these two things are what will make us grow into the productive, no drama mamas (or papas), stand-up (not hussle-up) citizens we need to be.
Learn, love, grow and it’s not all about winning.