Competition. It is one thing we all share in common, an innate and instilled instinct that drives us to be better than someone in whatever facet of life, whether that be in sports or homemaking. Sports is actually one of the more healthier forms of competition, as the winner is decided on the playing field and based on pure talent. At the world Olympics, nations are put to the test; may the best nation win. I remember, while viewing one of the Olympic games, telling my dad that if you really think about it, it seems that the Olympics prevent world wars. Seems like a pretty valid theory doesn’t it. The best country isn’t decided over guns and death, but athletic ability. Definitely a MUCH better option, don’t you think? The Olympics create national pride among citizens, as they cheer on their nation’s representative.
Even though the Olympics were introduced by the ancient Greeks, it only came to light in the modern world in 1894 because of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the creator of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) (Wikipedia: ©2012). He created an amazing outlet for countries to channel their competitive nature. So instead of going to war over land, we now compete fiercely with each other through athleticism to determine the best nation.
So that goes to say that a little competition is good, acting as a motivator to be the best you can be. But, when does it reach a point where it starts becoming too much? Sometimes, competition can turn ugly, creating a type of crab bucket among people (read my post titled “Crab Bucket” in reference to what I mean). The worst feelings can set in if you are not prepared and are unwilling to face the facts that you cannot beat that one person. To be honest, and I will be frank with you, I go through life with this mentality: There will always be someone better than me. There’s no escaping that fact. But, instead of wallowing in this apparent “defeat”, knowing this helps me grow. It is up to me to be the best I can be, but not at the expense of being consumed by what others are doing.
So, here is my question to you my dear readers: When does competition cross the line from being healthy to a silent killer?