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January 1, 2009 – Successes and Failures

As her team fails to complete a field goal because of a Nebraska block, an unidentified Clemson fan rejoices in her success in finding a friend in the stands. Nebraska went on to win the 2009 Gator Bowl by a score of 26-21 over the Clemson Tigers.

As her team fails to complete a field goal because of a Nebraska block, an unidentified Clemson fan rejoices in her success in finding a friend in the stands. The Nebraska Cornhuskers went on to win the 2009 Gator Bowl by a score of 26-21 over the Clemson Tigers.

Successes and failures. Each are inevitable in our lives. The real test is how we handle successes and failures. What is learned from success? What is learned from failure? How are each handled? Just as the photograph is a contrast in success and failure – the happy Clemson fan and the dejected Clemson kicker (#14) – learning to be humble in success and continue to build upon that success is key to continued successes. When things don’t go quite right, when the attempts in life are blocked, do we go back and review what caused things to go bad and change them or simply plod on, not learning from the mistake we made? Success and failure, learning from each and handling each with dignity and grace will move life forward and continue to reward the efforts made in reaching life’s goals.

Data: Canon G9, ISO 200, f 8.0, shutter speed 1/250, manual mode at 2:07PM in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Section 222, Row H, Seat 5, in Jacksonville, Florida.