Something From the Journal

A sweet sadness.
Disappointment, not despair.
A realized risk reminding you that the game is real,
and that there’s something substantial on the table.

A proper bet.
A contrast for both future and past accomplishment.

Escapes and excuses avoided for fear of dulling a deserved pain;
a pain that you need to periodically participate in.
A practice that defines priority and provides perspective.

A reminder to be modest, to know pride’s pitfalls.

Embrace it, live in it, then move on.