FROM THE PARK BENCH: Lessons can be learned from losing

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Submitted Photo Keys and other items lost at the Activites Center may be a bad thing, but losing in other areas can be a good thing.

We have all lost items in our lives, some more important than others. It is amazing to me the number of items a public facility collects over time that people never return for. Perhaps they are like me; that is, if I knew where I lost something it wouldn’t be lost.

I am reminded of an old cartoon where a young boy was looking for an item on the floor. When asked he said, “I lost something in the other room.” “Well, why are you looking here?” “Because the light is better.” There is much to be said for looking in the right places. When I think of all our community and recreation department has to offer, I wonder how many people know where to look to find the resources they need.

We have found car keys, jewelry, jackets, shoes, sunglasses, cell phones, membership cards, wallets with no identification, bicycles, fishing poles, gloves, bats, soccer balls, crutches, books, money, umbrellas, canes, hats and countless other items. I recently found a disposable portion of an insulin pump whose incessant beeping was driving me crazy until I discovered it was disposable. We have had lost pets; some have lost their common sense and sense of sportsmanship. Sometime losing is a good thing, such as weight or an excuse to start exercising. How about losing a race or a simple contest to a young child and have them be so proud of themselves.

In our competitive society, losing is not taken lightly. Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi is often misquoted in his opinion of not losing. “Winning isn’t everything, the will to win is” would be the accurate quote. The value of sports is learning to win and lose, striving and training to be a winner and learning from losing. As we organize our fall sports leagues, our goal is to have every team experience winning and losing. Isn’t that the life lesson we should take from our participation? As players and athletes, let’s set a goal of losing this year, as in losing the need to win every game, losing the urge to argue a call, losing the fear of losing.

And let’s all set a goal of losing unwanted weight, setting an example for others in our family and circle of friends. Let us at the Activities Center help you.

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