As the older twin by 17 minutes to my sister, I’ve always felt a certain desire to set an example – not that she needs it; she’s one of the best examples I’ve ever met. 🙂 But I have to admit, I can be a little competitive with her at times (I think it comes with being a twin).
For example, I wanted to finish the Personal Progress program before my sister. We were at a similar pace for a while, but eventually she became closer to finishing than I was. And a few weeks ago, my sweet sister received her Personal Progress medallion. She worked hard and completely deserved it. I was SO so so proud of her!!! And although I was really happy about her accomplishment, I was disappointed in myself for not finishing yet. (Which is embarrassing to me that I’m sharing this but there’s a moral to this story that I hope you can benefit from.) 🙂
As my sister was about to complete her Personal Progress and I could tell there was no way I’d be able to finish my remaining projects at her pace, my mom told me, “She’s your teammate, not your competitor!” (Maybe because we had been watching the Summer Olympics at the time.) 😉
Instead of cheering on my sister, I had been focusing on what I was lacking. This made me think of how it’s important to remember that life isn’t a race, it’s a journey. And the purpose of our journey is to move forward in the plan Heavenly Father has for each of us. I’m reminded of my family’s scripture for this year, Mosiah 4:27:
And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.
Someone else’s timeline is not meant to be a comparison for your own. Everyone progresses at their own pace. So to anyone reading this, may we all act as good teammates towards others instead of competitors, and encourage everyone in their efforts – we’re all on the same team! 🙂 And remember, as Elder Jeffrey R. Holland would say, “Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.”
P.S. This lovely previous RubyGirl article relates to mine, it’s worth the read! 🙂
What are some ways you can act as a teammate to others?