The TV was on in the next room, providing the perfect distraction while doing laundry. It was more like white noise in the background, but for whatever reason, I began listening right as the talk show host mentioned Michael Jordan. I heard what he was saying about Michael Jordan clear as a bell. His words just floated in the room and their reminder rung in my heart. Said to be the greatest player of all time, the host wasn't talking about Michael's accomplishments. He wasn't talking about all of the records he has broken, championships he has won, and trophies he has raised into the air in victory. No, the host was talking about all Michael has failed to do - his losses, game missing shots, and all the games he didn't win.
But in Michael's own words, this is why he succeeds. Michael embraces his losing, and doesn't let it prevent him from trying again. Missing what would have been 5 game winning shots in a row, doesn't stop him from trying for that winning shot in the 6th game. His losses and failure don't define him. Not his future plans, or his present opportunities. Where other's may have thrown in the towel or be taken over by the fear of failure, Michael plays fearlessly.
He is confident in his ability and pushes forward where others may have given up.
What the talk show host couldn't say was that Michael didn't try. He couldn't say Michael never took shots. Michael wasn't an average player who rarely missed a shot, but rarely took a shoot. He was an extraordinary player who succeeded because he kept trying time and time again, never giving up. Michael once said, "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."
Here's to letting the beauty of the losses and failures shine through and fuel trying again. And again after that. Here's to having victory because we TRIED.