PR Failure?Be Satisfied!

8 06 2009

“Not he who has little, but he who wishes for more, is poor.” -Latin Proverb

Sometime ago I saw in a newspaper a cartoon showing two fields divided by a fence. Both fields were about the same size and each had plenty of the same kind of grass, green and lush. In each field there was a mule, and each mule had his head through the fence eating grass from the other mule’s pasture. All around each mule in his own field was plenty of grass, yet the grass in the other field seemed greener or fresher, although it was harder to get. And in the process the mules were caught in the wires and were unable to extricate themselves. The cartoonist put just one word at the bottom of the picture-“DISCONTENT“!

Funny isn’t it? But those mules depict the real picture of humanity. In aspiring to get more, we put ourselves in danger while neglecting that the true riches are just within our reach. We tend to always compare our achievement to others, we feel good If we’re above them but so sad and bitter If we’re beaten in our own game.

The Bible says that ‘right living with contentment is a great gain.’ I’m not saying that there’s no need for us to strive more, work hard and build fortune for the sake of our love ones, there’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, God condemns lazy people. He wants us to be responsible, industrious and systematic. What I’m saying is this…when we already did our best and still our best wasn’t good enough, be contented with it. Leave it to God and He will do the rest.

I have this running buddy who was once very active in joining races but now he was no longer visible. He was so concerned with his PR that If he failed to achieve it, he got mad about himself and worst, he was always comparing his time to some of my group and for him, being beaten in terms of speed was a big deal.

There’s nothing wrong If we will aspire for a better PR and dream of becoming an ‘elite’ someday but aspiring means hard work, discipline, patience and training, and after doing all of those things and still we failed, accept it with gladness. Be satisfied with what you achieved and never, ever compare yourself to others. Remember that in every races, there will always someone better. Accept the fact that only few will be able to make it in the circle of ten and we may not be able to get there in our entire life regardless of how we religiously train and discipline ourselves. Yes, improving our PR by some minutes or so will put our moods in the cloud nine but the question is, can we maintain that same level of intensity all through out? Can we improve our time in Marathon If our previous one was 5 hours and 6 minutes to just 4 hours? I think it’s possible but it will take time and If that will not happen, don’t lose heart, accept the reality that our abilities is only to that point and exerting all our  efforts just to reach it could be injurious and worst is, fatal. (I have a town mate who died in a race while trying to beat a sub4 performance in a Marathon, God forbid it to happen to us.)

For me the definition of my best PR is this: Reaching the finish line without any injury within the cut-off period at my comfortable pace with plenty of energy to spare-whenever I achieve this, I’m a success in this endeavor.

After Alexander The Great conquered many cities, he wept terribly. His confidante asked him why, and this was his reply…’because there were no more cities to conquer.’

In a noontime show, the host was suggesting to the contestant that he should not quit early because  the pot money could be million (he had a very good chance) and the offer was only P200,000 but the man said he will settle for the offer. The host said what If the money inside the vault was P1,000,000? The man replied, “Sir before going to this show I only prayed for P200,000 enough for me to put up a small business. I don’t think I need the remaining P800,000. I’m satisfied with it.” The host was tamed by the answer and majority of the crowd inside the studio applauded that man and so do I (actually I gave him a standing ovation!)

Let me end my sharing with this…J. Paul Getty, one of the richest man in the world, was asked what single thing  he would change  if he had the power, he replied: “I’d change philosophy. People should be more content. The way to cure discontent is not necessarily to get more …The old cliche about money not buying happiness is certainly true.”

There’s no end for craving. Hence, contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.

miz gbp

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things…” -Mathew 12:35




5 responses

9 06 2009

Hi Ronnie. How true this post is! Thanks for sharing this and God bless. – Wayne

9 06 2009

Nice post, mr ronnie. =)

God bless!!!

9 06 2009

i like this..amen to every word of this post!

9 06 2009

thank you for the reminder. =)
admittedly i have the grave mistake of comparing myself to others… and sometimes i belittle myself.

9 06 2009
an air bag

i’m an avid reader of your blog since i took up running & i agree with you 100% about contentment, “you will not be happy if you will always compare yourself with other people” btw, my name is also ronnie

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