Now, I don't want to sound too boastful. But as a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, I have a lot of experience. Plus, for seven years, I covered the perpetually losing Los Angeles Clippers, who made the playoffs just one time during that span.
So I've put a lot of time and effort into losing, and maybe that's why I like golf so much. It is a game that will humble anyone, and I feel we all need that sometimes.
But thinking about so many friends who have gone through rocky times, I realize that losing might be connected to God and/or Buddhism or something deeper. It probably shouldn't even be called "losing."
Suffering is a part of life, and we all likely have suffered or will be suffering before we know it. And that's what life is. Suffering. Joy. Winning. Losing. Birth. Death. Rebirth. It's all connected.
I used to love the phrase: "That what does not grow is dead."
I still like it, but as I age, I see the phrase differently. I'm realizing that true victories involve some sort of loss. It's kinda like we grow into a stronger or more mature person, but we have to leave our old selves behind. Perhaps a loss always is connected with true growth.
How much change, or growth, do we really want?
I often laugh when I hear something like, "Oh my God! You're not going to believe this movie. It's incredible. It will change your life!"
Uh, wait, a second. Do I really want my life to change? I actually like it as is. Why do we assume our lives need changing?
Joe--you are a winner!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I know. ... But, y'know, Babe Ruth only got hits 30 percent of the time. :-)Delete