When You Feel “Less Than”

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I have recently suffered a series of crushing defeats, and by all accounts – as long as I continue to play, I will keep being defeated. My battleground of choice is an iPhone word scrambling game, and my opponent is just that good.

I was whining to a friend about how how much better, how much smarter, how much faster my opponent was, and how I wondered why he kept playing with me when surely it was no fun and no challenge to play with someone so much less able than he. My friend observed with rue: “That’s probably how everyone else feels when they play with you.” And with those words, she held a clear mirror up for my soul.


We are so quick to feel that we are “less than” others. We admire their gifts, their talents; and even if we don’t quite stretch as far as…

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