You Can Try Your Best and Still Lose

Edit: I wrote this article on August 6th, 2014. Today, it’s October 19th, 2014 . What a difference learning and working on myself has made in 2 1/2 months. I love the lesson I learned here – it is that you can give your all and still lose in a situation. But it’s OK. The things I learned are wonderful. How I’ve grown is wonderful. I smile at what happened here – the situation that caused this now. Either way, read the words now as I felt them in the past.

I’ve just learned a valuable lesson – and that is that you can try your best and still lose. You can put all your effort, heart, and soul into something and really mess it up. You can make terrible mistakes that affect the lives of others. This is a hard lesson. I won’t go into details about it. But it’s the kind of lesson that pierces your soul. It’s like having a javelin hurled right at your stomach.

You can try your best to say the right things and you may end up saying or doing the wrong things. You can have the best of intentions in a situation and be dead wrong. It is humbling to say the least. For you in your life, what have you tried really hard to do and failed with? I’m sure there has been moments where you realize that you gave it your all and things did not work out at all.

More than anything, I think I feel a sense of sadness. That things I have done cause pain and hurt to other people. That has never been my intention. Perhaps there is a special place in the afterlife that is kind of warm for me, I don’t know. I suppose this is why most people don’t take risks. They can burn you really hard.

This seems to be the lesson for me this year – that what I do really affects other people. I was called selfish as a child. Perhaps I have not fully moved past that. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction – that type of thing.

This is a good life lesson though. Learn to temper your effort. Be at peace with yourself. Embrace your mistakes and adopt a philosophy of being detached form outcomes. This will lead to your enlightenment.

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