Some of my friends can get pretty competitive sometimes. Like, really competitive. So competitive that a buddy of mine bet his pride on a game of Super Smash Bros.
That's right, he bet his pride. He got out a piece of paper, wrote up a contract, signed it, and then proceeded to play the "high-stakes" video game showdown.
The pride ended up being lost in the competition. Which is leading me to my point from this story. Losing his pride seemed to coincide almost exactly with a major slump.
I'm not trying to preach any woo-woo, or mysticism, but this set of circumstances did present me with a conundrum of sort. Although it might sound slightly woo-woo, I am genuinely intrigued by the implications of this "transaction".
Did he really sign away his pride, as if it were some tangible object to be traded? Or did he simply get in his own head, and screw with his confidence?
It's hard to say for sure. To be honest, I find it hard to believe that any real transaction took place. But there most definitely was a tangible change that took place in my friend's attitude over that span of time that his pride remained lost.
In the same vein, the change that precipitated from his winning the pride back after roughly six months was also quite tangible and obvious. It seemed that from that moment, everything he approached -- even something as simple as throwing a dart -- he approached with renewed vigor.
Either way you want to look at it -- as if pride is a real item that can be passed around and bartered with, or that the idea of having lost your pride can bog you down mentally and mess with your confidence -- it's impossible to deny that that one seemingly innocuous bet had a rippling effect on my friend's life over a significant period of time.
At the very least, this is an interesting story that piques curiosity, and also feeds into the belief that positive thinking does yield results. That simple change of mentality of losing/gaining back his pride had a real effect on my friend. To me, that seems a very real demonstration of the true power of the human mind.