February 19: Competition

Accomplishment and power are on display
Upon a dazzling international stage,
Where medals hang in glittering array,
And myths are made to last a golden age.

But dreams and dedication aren’t the key,
They’re just a fraction of what gets you there.
And endless practice is no guarantee;
You must have talent that’s beyond compare.

But if your schuss leaves much to be desired,
Perceive the worth in things at which you shine.
Do not discount the skill that is required,
My gift’s not yours, your genius isn’t mine.

And those with unsung skills do well because
Success is unrelated to applause.

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