I like to win – there we have it. I’m not good at losing games. I’m nearly at another milestone age and yup, you guessed it, I still haven’t learned that ‘it’s the taking part that counts, not the winning’. I will try to make sure I’m on the team with the ‘clever people’, the people that think ‘strategically’ and the ones who are going to take winning seriously. When’s all said and done it’s all about the winning.
That was until this weekend.
This weekend I spent time with a wonderful family who enjoy, amongst other things, games. It was so wonderful to see healthy competition between two brothers aged 11 and 8. To see the look of sheer delight on the face of the brother who obviously isn’t used to winning as much as some might be. To hear his giggles as he won round after round of the game. To see his brother be so gracious in defeat and to keep on going even when he was losing to enjoy (I think) seeing his brother so happy with his winning streak.
That little eight year old boy, so happy winning taught me that it really is all about the taking part.
Lessons come in all shapes and sizes and I am so glad that we are never too old to learn and teachers can be any age.
Anyone for Monopoly??