We’ve all found ourselves at conflict, or yeah, even competition, with one another. We see it in our children. We feel it toward our own family and friends at times.
This post from Food Network personality, Melissa d’Arabian, was so jam packed with wisdom for life, I had to share a snippet. Whether you’re a corporate executive, a room mother, or the next food network star, these are great lessons to learn in treating others — and ourselves — with dignity. Melissa had these words:
Perhaps even more important: playing well with others just feels better. I’ve certainly had my share of cranky moments in life — we’re all human — and I can tell you unequivocally that I have more fun being decent and considerate than steamrolling my way through life, leaving behind a wake of bad feelings for others to absorb. Ask anyone who volunteers their time to a worthy cause; giving is very empowering and uplifting. In my experience, when I am empowered, I play my best game.
It’s easy to forget all of this when you are in a competition. I get it. But don’t confuse the joy of you winning with celebrating others losing. Others losing is the cost of you winning; it is not part of the prize.
While I don’t participate in many competitions or contests, I know that feeling of wanting to have my voice heard in a situation, of wanting to be acknowledged or accommodated, of wanting to be right. And I also know how it feels when someone barks at me, insists on their way, and otherwise, tries to take advantage of a situation.
Playing nice is most definitely the way to go. It’s what I want my children to learn, and it’s what I want to live.