Does Winning equal happiness? Not so much?

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20 Consecutive Winning Seasons.  That's what I grew up with, immersed in UC Davis Aggies Football.  At the moment of these pictures, the Aggies fell to 0-4 (that would be 0 wins and 4 losses).  Have they ever been 0-4? In the history of the school?  Not in my last 40 plus years.

In a culture where winning is valued so highly and winners receive such privilege in so many ways...where does a perfect moment like this one fit in to the "scheme" of things?  The endless joy of running up a huge grassy wet hill at night, under the lights with your brother and...

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Sliding down, down, down, shrieking with laughter again and again and again?  What a gorgeous night.  Full moon, fresh first rain of the season, perfect temperature, the Band-Uh playing their hearts out...and a total drubbing by Portland State by 31 points. 

I have won at a higher level than most - it is really, really nice.  I have lost at a higher level than most, the pain of one game sometimes lasting months, years, and often in my patients and clients, a lifetime.

If you want to see what joy and happiness are, stay and watch the Aggie Band-Uh play after the game...whether it's a win or loss, watch them in the moment, having a blast, playing their hearts out and having the time of their lives. 

Winning is really really nice...feeling joy and happiness regardless of if you have won or not...better. 

More to come...

David