Thursday, January 4, 2018

Playing The Game

This is Day 4 of the 2018 edition of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaaPlease join us this month on our writing journey. Today's prompt is Win or Lose.

We have all heard the phrase It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.  What does that really mean? Does winning make you superior? Does losing somehow make you a better person, or just make you look like a loser?

This topic is a complicated one with lots of gray areas. It seems many now think that everyone should be a winner and get a trophy just for having participatedso that no one's feelings are hurt. What does that teach us?

There will always be shining stars whose talent and hard work should be recognized, and to give out awards for just showing up diminishes their efforts.

That said, winning makes you feel good about yourself and builds confidence. So, should we strive to win all the time? In a manner of speaking, but how you play the game will reflect either positively or negatively on you and upon your success. You should strive to win by playing fairly and winning on your own merits. Bottom line, whether you win or lose, you should do either with grace and dignity.

Successful people are admired and respected when their achievements come from their own hard work as well as for their benevolence to others.

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  1. do your best - is what I think people should follow and if you win in the process, then that's great too.

    have a lovely day.

    1. Definitely one should always do their best.

  2. At a local race the youngest participants get medals just for being part of it, and that's cute, but at some point of course it stops, and you need to be within the top three to get a trophy - and that's just for sports. I can't remember ever having gotten a medal for doing real hard work at the office!

    1. Yeah the awards at the workplace are more financial or promotion related. Sometimes there were merit awards or seniority awards.


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