In an age of instant gratification
we preach to teach patience
wait your turn, look around
share with a friend, don’t be so wound

In the same vein, we practice
go fetch it all, because, why not
it’s a competitive world, win the first prize
second just won’t suffice

this constant conflict we put them through
is cross pollination & convenient teaching, in my view

Choose a path
Sprint or marathon
if you pick the latter,
then a second or last will more than suffice
for, so much more is building inside
much more than what meets the eye
so much more than what can be quantified.

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My daughter had her soccer tournament this past weekend and her team lost in the semifinals. Granted she’s only 6 but the loss stung her pretty bad. Processing a loss is any ways a hard thing but for a six year old, who’s big time into glittery stuff, it especially hurts when it results in forgoing a shiny tall trophy.  

Nevertheless, we went all out celebrating her medal :). SO MUCH MORE. This was my husband’s conscious decision and I agreed. We felt she gained SO MUCH MORE with this loss and therefore a bigger celebration was warranted. I know it’s a tiny step but I hope to continue on this right path of teaching.

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