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Loser – from Marcia Auld Glass

In a recent post, Marci Auld Glass looks both at the recent, and repeated, use of the word “loser” by the president and at the role losing plays in our lives. This post is made with her permission.

Some quotes that caught my attention follow. Check out Marci’s whole post.

At the least, equating depraved terrorists with people on the losing side of the democratic process is inadequate, requiring the word “loser” to stretch far beyond it’s meaning.

In truth, we are all losers, and we should be. When we lose, we learn–about ourselves, about others, about the level of work needed to reach our goals, and the way the world sometimes rewards people who aren’t the ones who work the hardest or who are the most qualified.

To call everyone else “losers” only reveals a shallow insult and a failure of comprehension about the value of not always coming out on top. Kareem Abdul Jabbar said, “You can’t win unless you learn how to lose”.

Marci’s words remind me that I am grateful for the times I took risks; the times I tried to do new things or things a step or two or ten beyond my capacity; the times I did my best and fell short. I am grateful for the times I have lost and what I have learned.

Thank you, Marci, for calling out the word “loser”. Thank you for the reminder of the role losing plays in life.

See you along the Trail.

 

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Purple flowers, guest collection #41

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photo by Nancy Lister-Settle
16 May 2017
Des Moines, Iowa

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Purple flowers, guest collection #40

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by Martha Shrout Brown
15 May 2017
Chestnut & Rust
Chicago, Illinois

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Purple flowers, guest collection #38

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8 May 2017
Carolyn Cuff
Florida

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Knowledge and surprise

On Saturday May 12, I had the privilege to speak to the Presbytery of Sacramento during their meeting at Woodland Presbyterian Church. New friends were made and long-time friendships were renewed.

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David Rue preached. David and I met in Cleveland where we served together on the presbytery team working to address and disrupt racism. The photo was taken from the back of the church – we should have had one taken after the meeting.

 

 

IMG_5158It turned out that May 12 was the day Janice Kamikawa was approved for ordination as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament. She serves as a chaplain in a hospital and at a youth detention service. We met at Ghost Ranch during a week in antiracism work.

Because of the invitation to speak, I knew I would see David. Seeing Janice again, and sitting in on the meeting where she was unanimously approved, was a surprise.

In both instances, it was a blessing.

See you along the Trail.

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Purple flowers, guest collection #37

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Sera Chung
4 May 2017
Princeton, New Jersey

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Purple flowers, guest collection #36

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Sera Chung
4 May 2017
Princeton, New Jersey

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