If you're constantly guided by what your peers accomplish and feel
you have to at least keep up, and at most do better, then the answer
is simple (even though the solution isn't). I find that there is a
LOT of this going on, whether it's spoken of or not. While not as
rampant as say, neighborly one-uppances, but still common enough to
know that more than a few have lost sight of their true goals.
Loki and I always joked about keeping up with the Jones'. By that we
meant that we would never be able to keep up with the accomplishments of
Richard Jones, a.k.a. Sir Richard of Wolfwood OL, OP, yadda, yadda,
a.k.a. the Saxon MacGyver, a.k.a. "Dr. Jones."
I was also apprenticed to Sir Kragon of Land's End (insert string of
titles here, too.) who has made some jaw-dropping pieces. I had to roll
my eyes when I saw a picture of his encampment in the Panther Pavilions
I still don't think I am worthy of my Laurel but that might partly be
due to having these gentlemen as role models. Inspiration is not the
same as one-uppance but I suppose it could be seen that way from the
Keep up with the Jones' ? Nah, I'm still not worthy of polishing their
boots on a Tuesday.
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