Social Competition

“Do well, but not better than me”,
the silent chants most cannot see,
comparing lives, to all degrees,
annoyed good luck helped you succeed.

Ignoring every sacrifice,
or when you followed sound advice,
you received while paying the price,
all prizes won, fair and precise.

Prefer to see your saddened eyes,
pitiful looks inflates their pride,
joys from your pain, are well disguised,
break from their chains, escape and fly.

Do not let others bring you down,
people will do what you allow,
embrace your best, hold your own crown,
replace the fake with the profound.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

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  1. Truthfully sad, my friend Grace. It’s a world of fierce competitions. Only a few are happy about the welfare and sucess of their fellows. Quite sad a situation it is that has found humanity.

  2. Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful, dear Grace; and the last stanza is magic. You’ve made me misty-eyed with this one. I love it. ❀️❀️❀️

  3. I’ve known a few people like this who just couldn’t seem to be happy for someone else’s good fortune so they felt they had to destroy it. The scars of betrayal from this behavior last a lifetime. The sad thing is, it takes so much energy to hate and destroy, whereas showing love and support is so much easier by comparison. Are we as a species lost, or is there still hope for us? Such truth and wisdom in this poem. Well done, Grace. πŸ™‚

    1. So true, betrayal scars can last quite a while. I believe that there is hope for us as a species. Maybe it’s pure optimism but while I see the negative behavior, I also see plenty of people showing positive as well. Thank you so much, Mike. I am so glad you enjoyed it.πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ’•

  4. Having retired from a lifetime in education I actually great far more joy when former students write to tell me of progress and I see them doing so much more than I managed. I like to think I might have played some small part in their success.

    1. I am so happy this is so, it is such a fulfilling feeling. I have served as a mentor in different professional positions throughout my life and have felt this way too. Thanks so much for sharing.πŸ’•

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