Is all of life a competition?

Posted by edieg@att.net on October 19, 2016 in W.H.Y.L.D. What Have You Learned, Dorothy |

Happy Wednesday, friends! I love to play games. I love it, but it isn’t practical to play board games all day long. (Believe me, I’ve tried.) Therefore, I try to find opportunities to play games with lots of different life situations. But, the key here is that I don’t ALWAYS want to play games, and not everything is a competition. I don’t think everyone got my memo on this.

I recently signed up for a community site where I give advice for people having problems with an accounting software package. I did it for my own personal and professional reasons, but it had nothing to do with creating leads, etc. The website sent me an email to say they’ve awarded me 75 points based on how many posts/help I’ve contributed. The email went on to say that I could check how my points value stacks up against others offering help. The only thing I can determine that the points mean is that maybe people are more inclined to take advice from those who post more. So, just for fun I thought I’d check out how I rank with 75 points. Remember, friends, I had no idea points were being given out, and I by no means joined the community in order to get points. I found out from the website that one of the top advice helpers (I want to call people who post “posters,” but that doesn’t seem right) had over 256,000 points.

So a community that I joined to boost my advice-giving confidence made me feel like a loser on the same day I joined! Given my default button to be competitive, I’ve had to stop the urge now to post 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get closer to 256,000 points. These are points that I can never use to buy anything!!!! Sometimes, friends, you get gifts to learn a lesson, but your job is to grab the opportunity to learn the lesson. I am going to keep reminding myself why I want to post and to stay focused on helping, points or no points. The Learning Club’s lesson today is that not all of life’s lessons are fun to learn. But, stay strong, seize the opportunity, and you’ll be better for learning the lesson. If you’ve read this entire lesson, I award you 75 points. magic_wand_1

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