Don’t Be the Best in the World

Last week, I made a comment on a gardening video that I had planting more than 100 cloves of garlic in November. I was proud of that accomplishment because I had started two autumns ago with only a few bulbs. Someone commented on my comment and said they had planted more. I think it was around 300.

When I read the comment, my first reaction was disappointment in myself for not having planted as many as they had. Then I thought about my remarkable garlic journey. I keep track of it on my McGyver blog, and the latest update is here: Midgarden Garlic Update.

For me, my garlic journey has been a success, and I am proud of what I have accomplished. It was wrong of me to diminish that accomplishment because someone had done more.

The philosophy I apply to my writing is that my only competition is the writer I was last year. I can strive to do no better than Diane of 2020. Striving to be better than anyone else is futile. There will always be someone who writes more books, writes better books, sells more books and plants more garlic. Just when you think you’ve made it to the top, you look around and see someone either at eye level or on a higher level. It’s a waste of time and positive energy to compete against the world.

As we end this year and begin 2022, I suggest a challenge for you is to be better than you were in 2021. I wonder what the world would be like if we all strived to be better versions of ourselves instead of competing with impossible odds. We might just be happier.

4 thoughts on “Don’t Be the Best in the World

  1. I don’t think of myself as a competitive person even though the world seems to want us to pit ourselves against one another. There’s a lot of fierce competition out there in many areas. That said, it’s not always easy not to make comparisons with what others have accomplished, the same way parents compare the development of their child with others of the same age.

    You make an excellent point, Diane. And 100 garlic is a great accomplishment. Hubby likes 100 as a nice rounded number as that’s how many he’s planted in the past. Me, I don’t keep track. 🙂

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    • Yes, it is easy to compare ourselves with others. Unfortunately, some focus on how much better others are, and that negatively impacts them.

      I count garlic because I want to see my progress over the years and because I want to sell them in 2023. I need enough to sell, enough to replant and enough to consume. I don’t count my tomatoes or onions. I only know I grow enough. I did weigh my potatoes for the first time this year: 100 pounds or there abouts. I need to double that to produce all the potatoes I need in one year.


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