My 6th grade son came home from school really excited today. He was all smiling when he walked in the door.
He had just finished the last meet of the Minnesota Junior High School Math League and was the first place scorer in South Washington County Division for the 2009-2010 season. His team from Lake Middle School also won the first place.
He was proud to show us his medal.
I was proud for his achievement too.
But from my perspective, winning the first place is all relative. Just because you are in the first place this time doesn’t mean you are the best and you will be in the first place next time. There will always be people who are better than you.
Work diligently, do your best and strive for the best based on your ability, and don’t focus too much on the result of the competition, is what I think a balanced attitude. Then when we face either success or failure in any competition, we won’t be too prideful or disappointed.
We are successful when we are better today than yesterday. We should be proud of any progress no matter what placement we are. If we only compare ourselves with others and use our placement as a standard to measure our value and abilities, then we can easily become very prideful or disappointed.