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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Maureen Pratt Author PicWe do it every day, although much of the time we probably don’t even think about it consciously. Yet, we compete – against against traffic, against fellow shoppers, against the clock, against the world. Even, sometimes, against ourselves (for example, can we go even one more rep in the gym, or fit in one more commitment?). Yes, we are competitive creatures – but oh, how being competitive can make us stressed and often prompt us to lose sight of what is truly important in our lives!

Being competitive automatically puts a qualifier on how we view each other – at work, are we better, more popular, or smarter than everyone else? In traffic, are we critical of other drivers as we take unnecessary risks ourselves? When we look at ourselves, do we see God’s wonderful child, or do we see smoeone who could be thinner, prettier, more muscular, or taller?

The truth about being competitive is that we will never be better, smarter, richer, or more attractive than every person or thing we come in contact with. By “turning on” our competitive spirit when it is appropriate, and moderating it when it is not, we will be able to enter into relationships with others and activities with less stress and more pure joy.

Today, try to notice the ways in which you exercise the urge to compete. Not if or how it makes you tenser, physically or emotionally. Encourage yourself to take the world, others, and yourself as you are – approaching all with love.

Taking competition out of even one day a week just might make us happier for days to come!

Joys,
Maureen

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