Circumstance: (n) a condition connected with or relevant to an event or action
“Considering the circumstance…”
The true breath of fresh air which enlivens the human brain is that second place cannot be excused away due to circumstance.
We might get sympathy. Some people might even agree that we got an unfair shake.
But once they walk away from us and talk to others, they will call second place what it is–a loss.
The time to consider circumstance is before an endeavor is begun, not after it’s been anemically performed.
It’s not so much that we love winners as it is that we hate losers.
If someone is able to lose with the understanding that there was a personal deficit, we’re willing to allow them into the competition again to acquire a second chance.
Even Apollo Creed gave Rocky an additional crack at the title, because Rocky did so well the first time and did not pretend he won. (Please forgive the obscure reference to a forty-year-old movie.)
What can I do to convince myself that pleading “circumstance” only makes me look like I’m needy instead of letting people know that I am fully aware that I fell short and am prepared to change things up?