After a weekend of self reflection on the trails and racking my brain I have pretty much come to this conclusion below. Funny how the quote below showed up in my email Sunday night as I was laying in a bivy on top of Kenosha Pass at 10,000ft with no cell service staring at the bright stars, it just sums it up nicely for me. As many who know me well, know that I have "lost" a lot in my life. Every single loss has helped me learn more than any of my wins....
As Jocko would say, "GOOD". (video at the bottom)
With that said.....
An excerpt from The Book Of Bobby Maximus (verse 4, Chapter 16):
In life you either win or you learn.
You can't be a winner every single day.
But that doesn't mean that on your unsuccessful days that you automatically lose.
The reality is that you're going to have good days and bad days. It's part of life.
There will be days when you feel on top of the world and days when you feel you can't sink any lower.
What you do on your bad days is what will really define you as a person.
You can choose to take the loss, blame others for your misfortune, complain, and do nothing to better yourself, OR you can choose to learn from your failures, rise above, and come back as strong as ever.
Remember that everything you do in life is a learning experience and valuable in helping pointing you to your own greater good.
Smile at all of your victories and take all of your defeats in stride.
If you are willing to learn and evolve then you never really lose.