I spent last week up in the beautiful mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. It was a real treat to get out of the heat, enjoy the pine air, and watch my 15 year old daughter and her horse as they prepared and participated in two 3 Day Events. As a mom, of course I want my girl to win! I stand there on pins and needles as she ventures out into the woods galloping and jumping over obstacles. It is an adrenalin rush for both the rider and the parent anxiously awaiting the first sighting as they come back out of the woods.
Ari did great. I was so proud of her – this was only her second event with her new horse and I was impressed with how hard she had worked to be ready. Her first event she actually got the 2nd place ribbon and at her second event, she claimed 3rd. Sure it must be great to claim 1st place, but I have to say, I was actually glad she didn’t win this early in the game.
Why do I think 2nd place is a good thing?
It is a necessity – for all of us. Anyone who wants to do big things in their life should experience the hardships of coming in after the winner. If we all won big our first time in the game, then the victory would never taste as sweet, nor would it give us anything to strive for. Where would we go if we claimed first place right away? The only place to go from the top is down.
So call me crazy, I am a fan of taking my time to the finish line.
You simply must have something to fight for, to learn about, to push yourself harder towards.
Be grateful for the challenges that come your way. The obstacles that keep you from rising to the top quickly are the same obstacles that make your better, stronger, more resilient and adaptable. Keep working each and every day and don’t let the races lost be for nothing. You deserve the hard earned finish line.
Do I want to watch my daughter claim that 1st place ribbon one day? Of course. But I’m glad it didn’t come this week. I want to see her continue to work hard, become better and have that elusive goal, until one day, when the time is right, her moment will be there and it will have been worth the wait. Yours will be too.
“The way we see the problem is the problem”
Bossy Redhead OUT!
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