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RE: Gardenweb web site

I don't agree, Helen. I'm taking a class on Bach Flower Essences (my best
friend wanted to take it, so I said OK.)  I won't go into great detail here,
but the guy who discovered this method of mitigating personality or
situational emotional states--it truly seems incredible, though I can't yet
vouch for its efficacy--had no yearning for fame or fortune. In fact, he
found these healing powers through intuition (after a lifetime of trained
doctoring and a great deal of experience in homeopathy--he specialized in
bacteria and immunology, and developed 7 vaccines that are still used today;
and gave up his highly lucrative medical practice to follow his
instincts...). My point is, there are many ways to "win," if that's a word
you have to use. For him, he felt a calling, and he had the guts to follow
it through its fruition.  He had a vision based on a very gentle belief that
people would heal best if they felt good about themselves in the world (I
don't mean simple self-esteem...).  He decided healing could be gentle, and
he found out how.  WE won. And thankfully, he knew before he died that he
had accomplished his mission.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com
[mailto:owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of H. WILLIAMS
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2001 5:41 PM
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
Subject: Re: Gardenweb web site

Without people who strive to be the best, who strive to 'win', who have
ambition, we would be mired in a world of mediocrity.  There would be no
Olympics - nobody would compete. There would no medical breakthroughs,
no new discoveries, and certainly no computers with which to
communicate.  Ask Bill Gates how he feels about winning.


Traveler200000@aol.com wrote:
>       On
> Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 06:43:04 -0500
>      Andrew wrote;
>     >>> But as for his job of policing, when you're number one in your
> field, you're going to cross the finish line all alone.  Winning is
> not about
> making everyone a friend, it's about being the best at what you do.
> <<<
>      My dear Andrew, I don't believe there is anything that you have
> written
> to date that I could disagree with you more on!!
>      ANYONE that is remotely concerned with "winning" has and is
> abjectly
> lost already. In fact possibly so lost that there may be no hope at
> all of
> any recovery possibility or room for the freedom of new insight.
> "Policing",
> "number one", comes from a need to control that originates from a
> feeling of
> having no control at all. This adventure that we call Life is not
> about
> winning anything. It is about harmony, balance, cooperation,
> coexistence,
> serenity and peace of mind and spirit. To be obsessed with "winning"
> is to be
> fixed in loss.
>      This insight from a man who has been the consummate "winner." I
> have
> entered and won more competitions (primarily with myself) than I can
> count.
> The concern for winning is a disease that feeds on itself and
> eventually
> consuming all else, and being the starving voracious creature it is,
> dies in
> an empty and lonely place.
>      To truly "WIN" is to surrender, give up and free ones self of the
> burden that out weights all others, the driving "need" to be "better
> than."
> All of this originates from a primal reality of feeling "less than"
> and
> unequal to everyone else. Andrew to "finnish alone" is the saddest
> reality I
> can imagine.
>      I take TOTAL issue with your statement. I perceive that "Winning
> is not
> about making everyone a friend" but being "a friend to man." It's not
> about
> "being the best at what you do" but "being the best person that you
> can be"
>      The man who has truly "won" has no need to win at all.
>                                                       Jim Towle......
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