I’ve been re-reading some quotes that I saved on my computer and two seem particularly appropriate.

The first is from a curler who won the silver medal for Canada at the Vancouver Olympics – in it, she’s talking to her skip (the team captain)

“Sport is not easy; despite all the effort we put into it, sometimes we win, other times we lose. The best come back stronger and you will, like you always have.” Val for Team Bernard

The second is from Shalane Flanagan, an elite runner:

“I’ve been thinking about this moment and running in this race for a really long time. So I’m extremely happy I fulfilled a lifelong goal of mine, but I dreamt of winning today. I dreamt of a laurel wreath on my head and it didn’t happen. But that’s the reason why dreams and goals are big and they’re hard.’’  Shalane Flanagan, after her first Boston marathon (2013) where she finished 4th

One more for good measure:

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~Pema Chodron

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