In one of the store windows, a banner hung with this quote:
"Own your defeats and you will be defined by your victories."
The story is of Rory Mcilroy, 2011 US Open Champion, a story probably familiar to you already; a young man who accepted defeat, learned from it, and had the courage to move forward to victory. He was not defeated by disappointment, but strengthened by it and from it created a stepping stone to go where he wanted to go. Most of us are not facing defeats and victories that will bring us world-wide fame. Ours are on a smaller scale of relationships and daily grind. Yet, aren't they the same? The things that make or break us are determined by the choices we make. Will we be defeated by the disappointments, or will they strengthen us?
This weekend I began reading A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, How I Learned to Live a Better Story, by Donald Miller. What story will our lives tell? Who will our character (ourselves) become? What lessons will our character learn as s/he overcomes the challenges, conflicts and obstacles along the way? On a personal, specific level, what choices will I make to tell an interesting story with my life? What will your story be like?