This week, the 62nd Cannes Film Festival opened. The competition is on. Sales activity is high. It is a winning event for the town. The streets are full and local businesses do well.
However, like every industry, the film business has been hit -- down by 20% this year. The temptation for any of us these days is to withdraw, crawl under a stone and wait until the storms of disillusionment pass. Which they will. In time.
The invitation, the opportunity is to stand forward and shine like never before. Why? The world -- whether that is your family, your workplace or your community -- needs your best now.
"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value." --Albert Einstein
The Latin root for the verb "to compete" is "competere," which means "to seek together" or "to strive together." This definition supports an attitude of win/win. When we think that one person winning means others lose, we are limiting possibility.
Suppose you go for a job interview. There are many applicants. You need to check you have the necessary skills, aptitudes and qualifications. At the interview stage, does the "chemistry" work for you -- the people, the environment, their vision and objectives -- is there a fit for you?
Finally, be authentically and powerfully yourself. There are no prizes for comparing yourself with others. Let your integrity speak for you. Your unique presence and contribution has value, be sure of that.
Do not be too attached to one outcome alone. If one door closes, there could well be something better, and a new door will open for you. Keep going.
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
This recent article might be useful for you: 10 Tips For Being The Best You Can Be
Notice the abilities being expressed in this video:
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." --Henry Ford
"And when it comes right down to it, there is no such thing as winning or losing. There is only experience." --John-Roger
What are you really winning? Are you aiming to be rich, famous with a luxurious lifestyle? Or are you trying to gain the approval of someone you admire: a parent, a school friend, a lover, your boss? Are you wanting recognition and praise from others -- to be seen to be "ahead of the game" and the centre of attention?
What is your motivation, your purpose? The best experiences of winning may come from achieving a personal goal or heartfelt dream; overcoming a challenge, fear, self-doubt or addiction that in the past has held you back; or fulfilling a vision or intention that serves others, as well as yourself.
Maybe it is not the "what" you win, but how you win that really counts. In this video, who do you think are the winners?
"Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day." --Oprah
In this present moment, stop and take a deep breath. Consider the blessings in your life now, that you do appreciate and enjoy.
Today, look for joy and laughter wherever you go. What you choose to focus upon is what you will see and receive more of. Focus on the best in you. Give of your best, and you will receive the best.
I know that at all times, we are doing the best we can, even and especially during these difficult days. When we know better, we do better.
Let your Light shine and be seen, not necessarily on the large stage of life but in small ways that touch and awaken you to your precious essence, your human spirit.
"Bless the present. Trust yourself. Expect the best." --Steve Nobel
I invite you to consider what John Morton offers in his article: Loving Ourselves Unconditionally
Who you are deep down has everything to celebrate. It is too easy to be over critical and see ourselves "through a glass darkly." How will you celebrate the best that you are? It might be through giving to others; dancing for the fun of it; taking an expansive walk in nature.
"That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning." --Richard Bach