The greatest test of courage on Earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. — Robert Ingersoll
As a former athlete I know a lot about defeat, and how important it was in any game we played to “walk out the locker room door with our heads held high” no matter what the final score. At times doing just that was a tough as anything I ever had to do. Turns out those early defeats were lessons well learned, at least in my case.
Turns out that life throws us all a few defeats along the way, even to the most fortunate on the planet. The good thing is our hearts can bear any defeat no matter how often and how devastating. Its wired that way, and the only time it will not be there in a pinch is when we lose it or forget to call on it.
The world has witnessed a great deal of tragedies and losses. It seems it happens almost every day, but out of each defeat we hear or see a heart that wouldn’t stop beating or giving. A courage so remarkable that it is the walking talking example of “grace under pressure.”