Month: September 2012

Here’s to the men who lose!

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; Eccl. 3:1,6 (NKJV) I watched the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys last night. I was elated that my Longhorns won the game, but I was also cognizant that it was one of those games nobody deserved to lose. Both teams played well enough to win. Both of the young quarterbacks were on their game. Both teams fought and scrapped and took advantage of almost every opportunity. It reminded me of a poem I stumbled onto a decade or so ago… Here’s to the Men Who Lose Here’s to the men who lose! What though their work be e’er so nobly planned, And watched with zealous care, No glorious halo crowns their efforts grand; Contempt is failure’s share. Here’s to the men who lose! If triumph’s easy smile our struggles greet, Courage is easy then; The king is he who, after fierce defeat, Can up and fight again. Here’s to the men who lose! The ready plaudits of a fawning world Ring sweet in victors’ ears; The vanquished’s banners never are unfurled; For them sound no cheers. Here’s to the men who lose! The touchstone of true worth is not success; There is a higher test — Though...

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The Greybeard Chronicles | Age is just a number and other happy birthday lies

It All Began With a Lie Today I turned 51. And that is the first lie I have told today. I woke up this morning thinking I would wax eloquent and pontificate on lessons learned in my first half century on planet earth. Now that I am 51, I can tell everybody what to look for in those first fifty years. That’s when I remembered that the birthday number is the first lie we tell ourselves to make us feel younger. You see, we ought to celebrate our first birthday as soon as we are born. Well, not as...

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