It took me several attempts (eight to be exact), but today I found out I placed first in a weekly writing contest. In previous entries I’ve had a 2nd place win and an honorable mention. I was determined to get the top prize for two reasons: I’m a little competitive( the good kind, I’m my own main competition) and I strive for excellence in the things that are important to me and writing is my love. The best part of this achievement isn’t about “bragging rights” or checking off another goal, it’s that I didn’t give up. I could have settled for 2nd place, but I knew I had a 1st place in me. So, “I kept my eyes on the prize” until the prize was in my hand.
I confess, I’m one of those people who was in high pursuit of the Nintendo NES Classic Edition. Online searching, phone calls to all of the stores selling them, scouring the stores weekly since Thanksgiving. All efforts unfruitful until…..
I decided to throw in the towel, abort the mission, maybe settle for the old full size version. Then I went to a Wal-Mart store this past weekend to buy pet products. I had forgotten that there was a Wal-Mart store at this particular location, I just happened to be in the area. I found the supplies I needed and then I thought “I’m already here, what do I have to lose?” So I found an employee in the electronics department and asked him if they had any of the games in stock. I was prepared for a no, but he said “yes, it must be your lucky day, we have two left and we never have any in stock this late in the day”. My eyes lit up like a kid in a toy store on his birthday. Search over-mission successful!
Morals of the story:
- Sometimes you have to stop exerting so much time and energy on a particular pursuit and let it find you. This holds true for love and relationships as well as your purpose/passion(s) and career.
- Good things do happen when you least expect them to-wait on it