Participation in life is not optional. At some level, everyone has to engage. We have to realize and accept that some days are going to be rainy and cold. I am writing this blog today because I want to know and understand when we as a society lost the ability to lose? We must realize, both winning and losing, are a way of life. We can not always win! We do not continually get our way. Let’s get generational for a second. As a baby boomer, I learned early in my life that I was not always going to win. My little league team did not win every game, and I survived. I did not win every fight on the vacant lot near my house, but I would go back the next day. When I joined the military and went to boot camp there was no such place as a “safe place,” and yet I still made it through. Competition has always forced me to try harder. When I do lose, I walk away from the event knowing that I had worked my hardest. I sometimes have to accept I have been bested and move on. My upbringing will not allow me to be a sore loser no matter how hard it might be to admit and take. Participation is a virtue, choosing to get into the game is a good thing. Involvement does not warrant a trophy, winning does! So we should be excited winners and gracious losers.