Monday, September 05, 2011

I don't believe in competitions, especially for children. They create complexes, mostly unhealthy. If there's a First, there's automatically a Not-Good-Enough, and a Last. Now, if competitions were followed up with help to get better, aim higher, learn more, that would be another thing, but usually they're not. More often than not the "loser" feels like a loser and gives up.

Never give up

Do not break your shin on a stool that is not in your way -- Irish proverb.


  1. I love this post; we all need to remember this message, when trying to create or find our authentic selves~ xXx

  2. i couldn't agree more about competitions, colette... and i love this piece. the envelope is perfect and that where the postage goes it says 'free'...


  3. I think that is one of the most important lessons to help children learn - that when something goes wrong, you just have to plug away, and in the end it will come right, but that will never happen if you don't keep at it. I think also as a parent you have to demonstrate that - I always hold up the example of me and my knitting! They have all been quite used to the sight of their mother sitting and expostulating on the sofa and ripping it all back, but in the end I have learned how to knit, and they have seen the results (even if they wouldn't want to wear them)!

    Pomona x

  4. It's a terrible concept - winners and losers and it's particularly discouraging for children.
    Your creation is gorgeous - love all your beautiful creations. They are very evocative and enchanting in each their way.


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