Speak TO us about defeat
And he answered
Does a leaf when it falls from the tree in winter feel defeated by the cold? The tree says to the leaf; “That’s the cycle of life. You may think that you’re going to die, but you live on in me. It’s thanks to you that I am alive; because I can breathe. It’s also thanks to you that I have felt loved, because I was able to give shade to the weary traveller. Your sap is my sap, we are one thing.”
Does a man who spent years preparing to climb the highest mountain in the world feel defeated when on reaching the mountain; he discovers that nature has cloaked the summit in storm clouds? The man says to the mountain; “You don’t want me this time but the weather will change and one day, I’ll make it to the top. Meanwhile, you’ll still be here waiting for me.”
Does a young man, rejected by his first love declare that love doesn’t exist? He says to himself, ‘I’ll find someone better and able to understand what I feel. And then I’ll be happy for the rest of my days.
In the cycle of nature, there’s no such thing as victory or defeat; there’s only movement.
The winter struggles to reign supreme; but in the end, it’s obliged to accept spring’s victory which brings with it flowers and happiness.
The summer would like to make it’s warm days last forever because it believes warmth is good but In the end, it has to accept the arrival of autumn, which will allow the earth to rest.
The gazelle eats the giraffe and Is devoured by the lion. It isn’t the matter of who is the strongest but God’s way of showing the cycle of death and resurrection.
And within that cycle, there are neither winners nor losers, there are only stages that must be gone through. When the human heart understands this, it is free and able to accept difficult times and not be deceived by moments of glory. For both will surpass, one will succeed the other
Losing a battle or losing everything we thought we possessed will bring us moments of sadness but when those moments pass, we’ll discover the hidden strengths that exist in each of us, a strength that will surprise us and increase our self-respect.
We shall look around and say “I survived” and we shall be cheered by our words. Only those who fail to recognize that inner strength say “I lost”.
Only he who gives up is defeated, everyone else is victorious.