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'Life is not a competition with others. In its truest sense it is a rivalry with ourselves. We should each day seek to break the record of our yesterday. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair past follies; each day to surpass...ourselves and this is but progress.'

— William George Jordan



Bonnie and Luckie,

born on the fifth of February,

continued to fight over a controversy

that she is a pretty fine lady

while he is just a common lad

with no exceptional talents

nor special attributes!

She, they say

is always so appealing

so vibrant --an exquisite beauty.

He does the labor & earn the pennies

while she dresses & goes out

with her ladies.

All his life he dedicated

towards achievement,

to justify himself

that he is more than worthy.

But in the end still he is

the one who isn't lucky

as his birthname would be.

Bonnie didn't feel

Luckie's agony

How long will he

Stay on his knees

And cast a prayer

That someday

He will be

As lucky

As his sister Bonnie.

Rivalry causes us to overemphasize old opportunities and slavishly copy what has worked in the past.

-Peter Theil

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Shing Araya


Shing Araya (author) from Cebu, Philippines on March 30, 2019:

Thank you for the positive feedback

Velcro on March 30, 2019:

This poem ,as simple as it seems ,has a very thought provoking and intricate value which really guides us. Rivalry is very necessary but when your present is the the arch nemesis of your past giving birth to a better you in the future. Thank you for sharing a poetic inspiration Sunshine. Just like your name , your words shine to pave a bright path that lies ahead !!!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on March 28, 2019:

Thank you, please, and enjoy enjoy the day.

Shing Araya (author) from Cebu, Philippines on March 28, 2019:

Yea I agree with you. Keep motivating yourself

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on March 28, 2019:

Hi, sunshine tipod, comparing one life with another does not make a change. I hope to be me rather than another. In this, I can develop to a better me. Thanks for sharing a simple life guiding poem.

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