The word "losing" generally has a bad connotation. If someone were to say to you "did you lose?" or "are you losing?" my mind usually goes to something sad or upsetting.
You can LOSE a game.
You can LOSE your keys.
You can LOSE a friend.
And the worst kind, you can LOSE someone you love as they pass on.
March 4th commemorated one year since we LOST our Aaron. I suppose I will never forget that day or where I was or what was said but it all had to do with LOSING and I hate that kind of LOSING.
Aaron hated LOSING. He really hated it and I'll bet it has broken his heart to watch his family over this past year try to cope with the thing he hated the very most: LOSING.
Two days before the anniversary of Aaron's death, I got word that we had LOST again. Another dear friend was gone. If you have ever seen shows at the Hale Center Theatres in Utah you've probably seen him. Bradford LOST his young wife to brain cancer just two years before we LOST him. He raised his two children and brought joy and light to everyone he met. I remember sitting across the table from him in the Saddle Rock Family Saloon, just weeks after LOSING his sweet Heather, and discussing LOSS. He is a pro at LOSING and still coming out on top. He will be greatly missed.
So, as I reflect upon this year I'm grateful for the chances that LOSS have given me to reflect and alter my way of life. Read those letters to Aaron here, here, or here.
|I stole this happy picture from Aaron's sister. There was no LOSING going on before, during, or after this picture. Just look at those smiles!|
ON THE OTHER HAND
You can LOSE weight...and that's the best feeling in the world.
You can LOSE yourself in a good book...and who doesn't want that?!
You can LOSE negative desires.
I like that kind of losing.