Several years ago I saw movie about two women athletes who fell in love while competing for love and attention of each other and a man. For me it was both a beautiful and a painful movie. And the phrase, personal best, the title of the film, has remained with me and has helped me deal with the mind's default of competition and envy and doubt.
So I am making a public commitment and taking a vow, like I did at Plum Village, so many years ago when I took on the precepts of an Interbeing Learner. Now, I am choosing to notice when I am in those narrow-martir-slave places and I am going to choose to think 'personal best' when ever the mind puts me in competition with or feeling less or more than anyone else.
I am amazing, i am unique, i am like no one else. And I have a part to play no one else can do, is going to or can play! My unique matter makes difference even when I think it does not!
So why bother! Even in my driving, I am going to laugh at myself when I race down the road to beat someone else, or hear 'what will they think'? As long as I choose be treat myself as if i were my own lover, with kindness and compassion, i am in the right place and right time. Doing my best to be me, including me on the list of people I care about!
I am going to have fun, choose joy and laugh at myself. And that is my choice to help mending the tears in the universe! I am going to engage in what Chuck and David call Serious Play. Serious because I am focused on my intention to learn to live with myself with deep compassion as an image of the Divine.
Play, because I love to play, have fun, be joyful for I know that is the best space for me to learn.
Blessings on your path of being your Personal Best; and may we meet on the road and smile at each others comings and goings, as we place a hand on our heart, nod and say Namaste. I do see the G!D in you as you see the G!D in me.