We live in a society driven by the concept of competition. “We are Number One” is drummed in our ears daily via advertising and sporting events. The message is that we must be, or must have something “better than”, to have any sense of pride. Failure is the only other option. But human behavior can’t be judged according to this kind of rating system.
How could we ever determine who is the best listener, the most insightful or compassionate? At any given moment, the best for us may not be the best for someone else.
- If it goes right to the heart, a simple spoken word is the best word.
- If someone we hardly know nods and smiles, that smile is the best smile for us, here and now.
The extended hand, the brief word of encouragement, will never be proclaimed “Number One” on television, never be memorialized in record books as better than the support someone else got, but for us, it’s the best.
There is no such thing as “best” in the world of individuals.