In grade school, I enjoyed playing soccer. And my best games were when I wanted to impress a certain boy who played on another team. The other games? I stopped and picked dandelions.
In high school, I loved swimming on the best team in the area. And while my times continued to get faster, I was content to stay in the middle of the pack. I never understood why my coach always told me I was my own worst enemy...until I headed to college, watched a swim meet at the University of Iowa, and realized I could have kept up at the collegiate level.
My last year of college, I finally grasped that my personality & talents combine in ways that make me...well, me! While I enjoy leadership, I like to take on tasks that allow me to lead in quiet ways; I prefer the praise of a few over the recognition of many. Above all, I do my best to be authentic--not merely in my relationship with others, but authentic to myself, too.
And my authentic moments for today?
- Bake a loaf of bread...using a box mix.
- Hard boil a dozen eggs.
Somehow, in our media-rich, Facebook, Pinterest society, things are again feeling like a competition. And, I can't bring myself to participate.
The real trick with competition? We place it upon ourselves!
- Bigger house.
- Better cook.
- Best yard.
So, from my messy house to yours (be it clean or messy), I hope you find contentment in just being you.