“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
Competing with siblings or siblings-in-law creates a no-win situation. Being right or wrong is not as important as how well everyone’s sense of worth remains intact. Maintain your self-confidence and be cognizant of the vulnerability in others. Words spoken from the tips of tongues are not profound deliberations.
Many times they are in anger, retaliation, revenge or simply a bad attitude or mood. If one attempts to stop the competition, every try is a step in the right direction towards tolerance and peace. Competition promotes anger frustration and feelings of revenge while compromise evokes friendship and cooperation. I’ll help you and you’ll help me attitude. I will strive for the latter. Memories of the day will be so much more enjoyable and cherished by all.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust