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Landon Saunders


             I was inspired by the example of the late Senator Hubert Humphrey. His way of taking defeat impressed me as much as his many achievements. When the election-night news came to him that he was being defeated by less than one percent in his bid for the Presidency, Senator Humphrey was reported to have responded, “Whoopee, we lost!”

            Isn’t that marvelous? This was a highly competitive man, keenly disappointed; and yet, characteristically, his answer showed that he had not lost his joy in living. In so doing, he saved both himself and his supporters from a great burden of bitterness.

            After that close election, Senator Humphrey’s friend Walter Reuther commented, “If you’re not big enough to lose, you’re not big enough to win.” I believe we can all be winners if we are willing to learn a little from our victories and a lot from our defeats.

            Maybe a real goal for growth is being able to say, “Whoopee, we lost!”

Tears and Laughter

            When you are sad, you might cry. When you are very happy, you might laugh and cry at the same time. Some say this is why they like to be happy rather than sad—you get two emotions for the price of one.

            What we laugh about and what we cry about express what is written in our hearts; they powerfully indicate the kind of person we are.

            Tears can be good. Some are nice and warm and round and human. Others are hot and scalding and painful. Some people’s experience of life has been so difficult that their tears no longer flow on the outside and down their cheeks. Now, their tears run down on the inside, forming little pools of desperation, depression and loneliness.

            Laughter can also mean two things. On the one hand, it can just be noise—forced, and without melody or joy. Being around such laughter leaves you feeling uncomfortable.

            On the other hand, you’ve been around people whose laughter was cleansing and liberating, joyous and bubbling. You left their presence feeling better.

            Tears and laughter. They tell us so much about how human we are…or how far from humanness we’ve already traveled.

COMING MONDAY: The Problems You Need

[This is an excerpt from, How To Win 7 Out Of 8 Days A Week by Landon Saunders which is out of print and used by permission. In 2024 we will work through the entire book, with posts on Monday and Friday. – Geoffery Moore, Editor]