by Fionn Zarubica
Most commonly competition is viewed as the act of entering into rivalry with another – friendly or otherwise.
Let’s take a closer look at the word…
Com: With, together, beside, near, by, nearby
Petition: A supplication or prayer
When broken into its parts com-petition might also be interpreted as coming together alongside others in prayer for the attainment of something.
For the most part, in the professional sphere, I have observed not so much of a sportive competitive streak, but rather a defensive streak. One that wishes the “competition” into the deep blue sea; and one that is sure that if not for the “competition” “success” would be attained.
Why do I not see much beneficial com-petitive energy? Because, in my opinion, few feel entitled to joy and prosperity; and with the perception that there is nothing to be gained, working alongside others in prayer for the attainment of something has no recognizable basis.
In some cultures the will to compete is viewed as a personal asset.
When we engage in com-petition – coming together alongside others in prayer for the attainment of something, then it is an asset.
When we enter into rivalry, or petty competition, defending ourselves against the success of others, then we bite ourselves and cause pain and suffering all around.
I have seen Maya Plisetskaya, Alicia Alonso, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikail Barishnikoff dance, and not for a moment did I sense that anyone wanted to compete with that.
I have seen Artur Rubenstein, Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife Galina Vishnevskaya perform, and not for a moment did I sense that anyone wanted to compete with that.
I have been privileged to see Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini and Gustavo Dudamel conduct, and not for a moment did I sense that anyone wanted to compete with that.
Why? Because they were focused on their passion, not on defending themselves against us. They were sincere and in love with what they were doing. Their energy brooked no petty competition, took no prisoners and didn’t apologize. They were what they were – connected, unique and in tune.
No one except ourselves has the power to disengage us from our own brilliance or to block our true path. Only our fear tells us that otherwise is possible, and that baggage is ours alone.
So, the challenge is to switch it up, cast the goblins out of our minds and engage in com-petition. To support one another and come together in the attainment of peace and prosperity for the planet.
Defense takes a lot of energy and gains us nothing; working together lightens the load and brings joy.
Let’s go for joy!
Image: Maya Plisetskaya