If You Are Beat, Remember This

Everyone in this life is defeated, but a man, if he be a man, is not defeated — William Carlos Williams

I get beat all the time.

Someone else answers my manager’s question first.

Someone else wins the x of the month award.

Someone else catches a mistake I made.

Someone else wishes a cleverer happy birthday to a coworker.

Someone else is more polite than me. Way more polite.

I make a note of them. Jot them down. Memo’s to myself.

This is called an education. This is called building character. This is called learning to be humble. This is called learning to appreciate the qualities in others.

Everyone in this life is defeated, but a man, if he be a man, is not defeated.

I am still taking my notes.

Until that time when I turn off the light, roll over in bed, and see the streetlight slanting in through the blinds.

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