Stories about the importance of victory have been written about for thousands of years. A favorite is the Ancient Greek story about Atalanta, whose ability to outrun any suitor guaranteed her freedom, and their death.
Suddenly, during a race against the man she hated more than any other, because he killed her brother, began to outrun her. Suddenly, the Goddess Artemis threw a golden apple on the race-track to divert Atalanta’s attention.
Atalanta faltered at the sight of the golden apple, and softened. She allowed herself to see the man running against her with compassion and empathy, and became vulnerable.
The need to win, to be the victor at all costs is still prevalent today. Unfortunately, compassion is often sidelined in order to achieve such goals, as is the ability to enjoy the moment. We need more golden apples.
Those times when we abandon the embedded “supposed to win” attitude, and laugh wildly, when we share our deepest thoughts and feelings, we create our most fabulous art.