I just finished The Cost of Winning by Dean Hughes. It's an LDS book. If you're looking for something uplifting - this is a good one. To be honest, I rarely read these types of books. Why? They scare me. In this day and age who and what needs uplifting? Being the super self-critical creature that I am, these books tend to put me in a "Oh how I wish I could start over" mood. Either that or I think unfavorably of it's sanctimonious tone.
Something I should work on, I know. I'll add it to the list.
Anyway - The Cost of Winning is a good one. It's about taking the competitive air out of living. Being as we must make a living (making money), and we must sometimes create bigger and better than others to make this living (making money) - it's a definite conflict of interest.
It also occurred to me, that this whole economic mess we're in has something to do with The Cost of Winning. Hey - maybe I can blame everything on The Cost of Winning. It's my new loophole! I have 12 pairs of shoes too many - well that's just the cost of winning. I don't like to cook anymore - that's just the cost of winning. I'm getting all sorts of stress-induced gray hair... you guessed it! The cost of winning.
Mr. Hughes quotes a noble and gallant (but not in the competitive sense) Jeffrey R. Holland. I would love to share this with you. It's from his conference address, April 2002. (Do I need to capitalize conference - someone please comment).
"I think one of the reasons [we become envious] is that every day we see allurements of one kind or another that tell us what we have is not enough. Someone or something is forever telling us we need to be more handsome or more wealthy, more applauded or more admired than we see ourselves as being. We are told we haven’t collected enough possessions or gone to enough fun places. We are bombarded with the message that on the world’s scale of things we have been weighed in the balance and found wanting."
Now here's the importantest part (but not in a competitive sense because you know some thoughts can be more important than others but that doesn't make those thoughts better than other thoughts. We wouldn't want over-inflated egotistical thoughts here.)
"No one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another.""He loves each of us—insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all. He doesn’t measure our talents or our looks; He doesn’t measure our professions or our possessions."