Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.
Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it?
What do you think of this quote?
It’s not quite working for me.
I mean, I think I know what Mr. Clark is getting at — when defeated, don’t internalize it. Don’t personalize it. Don’t let it become you …
But you don’t have to swallow something bitter to taste its bitterness, right?
I think defeat tastes bitter. And, like a bitter taste, defeat is unpleasant.
And you don’t need to swallow to taste its bitterness.
But I desperately need to salvage the quote! I think I have just the fix. Forgive me, Mr. Clark; but I am going to improve your quote.
Here’s what I’m thinking —
Defeat is bitter, but it isn’t fatal unless you swallow it.
What do you think of that quote?
Defeat is always bitter.
But when we internalize … personalize … swallow … the defeat becomes us … we become defeated.
What was only unpleasant, becomes fatal.
Because what dies is our urge to compete. Or our initiative. Our drive. Our self-confidence. Our self-worth.
Bitter is bad, but it’s not that bad …
Defeat is bitter tasting; but it’s only temporary.
Unless we make it permanent. Unless we make it fatal.
Unless we swallow.