Another month, another Letters to Our Son's post. At the end of the letter please follow around the circle and see what my friends and fellow photographers are writing to their sons this month.
Sports are your thing. We talked about that last month. This month you learned some very valuable lessons. You had a soccer tournament all weekend. With two losses under your belt, you were feeling defeated. Your arms were hanging, your shoulders were slumping and you just didn't have the oomph that you usually do out there. With three more games to go that weekend, I knew we had to talk.
We talked about how our thoughts shape our actions. If we give up and think that we are going to lose, we will lose. Yes losing is tough. It is human nature to be competitive and want to win. We all do this. But there will be times when you will lose. I will never tell you that there are no losers, because that is simply not true. What I will tell you is this... It's how you deal with the losses and what you chose to do next that counts. Losing is temporary and so is winning. Pick yourself up and get back in the game. Think positive thoughts and you will have a positive outcome. Your thoughts shape your actions and consequently your outcomes. You have the choice to let your losses get you down, or get you fired up. Just because you lost doesn't mean that you can't win.
Our little talk worked. You got back out there and played your heart out. You never gave up and you did your very best. Your team won the remainder of your games that weekend. I'm sure that felt good for you boys. I'm so proud of you for turning it around. The lesson is this... life is a process. We learn from the hard times. What we learn helps us to go on and succeed. We have a choice to let the negatives bring us down or propel us forward. I'm glad you chose to push forward. I was so proud of you that weekend. Not because you won, but because you chose to never give up.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." ~Winston Churchill
Next up is my friend and amazing photographer, Kristin. Read what she is writing to her son this month by clicking here!