Posted on February 27, 2014
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With the northern parts of the world watching the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, there has been even more discussion of losers than usual.

Some years ago, Nike had a commercial saying you don’t win silver, you lose gold. It is a common refrain.

It might be a good time to have a discussion about that.

For one thing, who are the winners and how many of them are there?

Sometimes winners in one area of life are dismal failures in others. Several world champions in major league sports are in prison. Many Hollywood stars have a trail of broken relationships. Some business tycoons have power and money and yachts and private jets but no time to spend with their kids. Some politicians travel in the highest circles of power and are suddenly cast aside and shunned because of one kind of scandal or another.

Music industry super stars bask in riches and the adulation of their fans and are broken by the belief that the facts of life no longer apply to them.

Crime bosses wield the power of life and death and wallow in vaults of cash but live with the lonely knowledge that their closest associates are the ones most likely to effect their often brutal downfall.

Meanwhile, there are athletes like Gilmore Junio who gave up his spot on the Canadian Olympics skating team to a skater he thought could do better. Lawrence Lemieux, a Canadian sailor in the Seoul Olympics was in second place when he turned back to aid two Korean sailors whose boat had capsized and was being blown out to sea.

Outside the big leagues of athletics, the arts, politics and business , there are thousands of men, women and children who never get close to qualifying on any local stage much less the world stage. They sacrifice for their families, help their neighbours, serve their communities, lobby for the environment, coach the kids, work in the back rooms of the projects and causes   and do what they can for humans and animals and any life form in need. They serve causes and people most others cannot bear to be near.

They put kindness, ethics, morality and the welfare of others ahead of their own immediate best interests. They don’t compete for medals or fortune or fame but even the most deserving, dedicated and talented could never achieve their great successes without these people.

If those who try are people critics want to label losers, I devoutly wish I could deserve to  be numbered among them.

The people I consider losers are the ones who are eager to apply the loser label to those play fair and don’t always wind up with a particular colour of medal.

On we go! DAC


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