The day you don`t win…

There was an inter-school competition of music bands. Several schools participated. Children played their well-rehearsed tunes in front of a large audience, mostly parents and children from participating schools. Young children had put in a great effort for months and so had their music teachers in training them. Judges had a tough time deciding the winner. However, only one band had to win. As the result was announced, the winners threw up their instruments in joy, embraced each other, and were joined by their supporters. Other bands were dejected, showed their disappointment in several ways and gradually started dispersing. Some strongly felt that the judgement was not fair and went up to the organizers to complain.

Amidst all this, a nice tune was heard, being played by a band, which had also lost. This band was walking back in the same disciplined a manner it had gone to perform. What a way to behave when you don’t win!

All were surprised for a moment. Then there was applause much louder than what was given, even to the winner band. As the band walked by the stands, it received a standing ovation. It may not have won the trophy but it had won hearts. It was a true winner on the day because it had shown how to accept the not-favorable-result in a dignified manner.

We don’t win all the time. No body does. Important point is not to behave as a loser. Instead of complaining, it is important to reflect and learn from the experience that each failure provides. This attitude, coupled with hard work, ultimately leads to success in realization of goals.

History tells us that each success story is the story of great failures. Have faith in yourself.  Not wining a competition does not mean you were not good just as winning does not mean you were the best.


5 Responses to The day you don`t win…

  1. MPK Kutty says:

    “It is not the victory you have won,
    It is not the great wealth or fame
    What really counts in life, my son
    Is how you have played the game.

    For when the great Scorer comes
    To write against your name
    The great Umpire will know, my son
    Just how you have played the game.

    When all your mortal days are done
    And praise is due or blame
    He will write not that you have lost or won
    But how you have played the game.

    Dear Afzar Saheb,
    You have a the uncanny knack of choosing the right topic which appeals to the heart. I do not remember the author of the above poem which reflects your point of view. But it is a qood quote on such an issue…

    Warm regards, MPK Kutty

  2. MPK Kutty says:

    It is not the victory you have won
    It is not the great wealth or fame
    What really counts in life, my son
    Is how you have played the game. (anon)

    YOur topic is wisely chosen. A vital issue relating to life…

    warm regards,MPK Kutty

  3. S.Mohammad.Afsar says:

    Dear Mr. Kutty,
    thank you so much for sharing your comment and this insightful poem.
    warm regards

  4. Indrani says:

    Very inspiring story. Accepting failures in a dignified manner does not come easily to everyone. Some people get terribly depressed and go to the extent of taking their own life. Nowadays this is seen with particular reference to students who strive to chase a magic number in terms of percentage in results. And when they fail to achieve the desired percentage it is the end of the world for them. On the other hand some people resort to aggressive and retaliatory behaviour when faced with defeat and think of harming others and being rude to them. This is definitely not the solution. We have to accept that success and failure are part of life and face all situations gracefully because there lies our true success.

  5. Hoori Hasan says:

    Good thought…I completely agree. One who learns this lesson that failure is the first step to success will lead a good life and can achieve everything with out the fear of failure. Teenagers must pay attention to this thought before taking any stupid decisions with their life because of initial failures.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: