This week one of our football teams lost. It wasn't a close game. It wasn't a "near thing".
So why am I writing about it?
Well...two reasons come immediately to mind;
Number one I would like to congratulate our team on meeting our expectations and displaying exemplary behaviour and sportsmanship. In fact, this was remarked upon by the opposition team.
The second reason, and the one that we believe is important but often difficult for young people, is the ability to pick oneself up, dust oneself off and get back at it.
This resilience is hard. It is hard to develop, hard to believe in and hard to appreciate until you need it.
It is though...a great thing.
In later life it is a gift beyond compare.
And so I am writing about this match.
We lost, badly in fact.
But what made me smile, made me genuinely proud, was overhearing two boys talking the next day.
Let me paraphrase; "Yes we lost, but we worked really hard and we'll win eventually, we just need to train harder".
That made my week.
All the best