This weekend my sons and I came in second place in a Boy Scout fishing tournament, only missing out of first by 3 ounces. According to Vince Lombardi and many others, I should be very unhappy about coming in second place because I am “the first loser.”
There were over 45 parent/Scout teams at the tournament, and only two teams received an award (1st and 2nd place). Strangely enough, I didn’t see a single person get upset about not winning. I didn’t feel like the first loser, and I don’t think that the other 43 teams felt like losers either.
I had nothing but great joy spending a day with my family, getting an opportunity to fish, and watching my sons’ faces light up as they reeled in one rainbow trout after another. Whether we won or not, I felt like a winner just for being there.
I’ll take being the first loser on this one. Coming in second place wasn’t bad at all. In fact, it was pretty darn good.