When we are younger, we have a tendency to disregard others who are just participating.  We sometimes think that glory should only be given to those who are the fastest or most accomplished.  That is the furthest thing from the truth.  We all are participants.  Everyone has a different story or situation that they are playing out; whether it is in a triathlon race, a job or the classroom of life.  I belonged in that triathlon not because I got out of the swim portion before some of the other participants or because I had a faster time on the bike than four other guys in my age group.  I belonged because I was trying to learn about myself.

Life is all about trying to learn about oneself.  I just chose the sport of triathlon and a race held in Cottage Grove, Oregon in 1987 to do my exploring.  It took me awhile to learn this, but when I did, it opened my world up to wanting to help others learn about themselves and be the best that they can be as well.  There is something very special about breaking personal barriers.  If we hold it in gratitude and with the right attitude, others bear witness that they too can grow and live out their dreams.  When we hold it to ourselves and don’t understand that we are all part of the greater good, then it feels very shallow and empty.

There will always be someone who does something better than you.  Don’t run yourself into the ground trying to be better than that person.  Set your goals and dreams for yourself and the growth that will come with your journey.  All we can do is be better than we used to be.  That is where true happiness comes from.

Copyright G. Brian Benson 2012

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