A Winning Success

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. - Lloyd Jones

I remember hearing a variation of this quote as a young girl. The words usually followed a failure or loss of some kind.

Looking back, I see that I did not fail. I never really lost (even though it felt that way at the time). I succeeded because I took a chance and stepped out of my comfort zone. I won simply because I tried. And, in doing so, I learned a lot. I grew in strength, knowledge, ability, wisdom and faith ... every time I tried.

These thoughts come to mind today as I think about my 5th grade niece and the speech she gave last Friday. She was campaigning for Student Body Treasurer and had to get up on stage in front of her school to give a speech.

I thought this beautiful girl to be brave when she told me she was going to run for office.

I thought her to be courageously calm as she stepped up to the microphone and energetically began to deliver her speech.

I thought her to be inspirational as she left the podium and returned to her seat amidst great applause.

Perhaps I could be considered a biased aunt. However, I truly believe she did the best out of all the candidates. She was audible, her tone was even, her attitude had spunk and her words were distinctly clear. I'm still in awe at her for having the guts to this and for doing it so well! She was (and is) a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!

I was told last night that she didn't win the election. My heart ached for her as I heard her commenting in the background. I am afraid she is feeling bad for not winning. And, while I can understand and appreciate her feelings, I want her to see that in fact she did win.

She won because:

- she decided to stretch herself and do something new
- she stepped out of her comfort zone
- she did her very best
- she tried

She may have lost this particular school election, but I know she's already winning in this thing called Life.

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