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Losing gracefully

You gotta be good enough to win it in the face of adversity. It’s as simple as that.

Hayden Wilde (who I’ve met before 🙂 ) is a New Zealand triathlete who made headlines in NZ for his sportsmanship recently. Penalised for a 50/50 call that cost him a gold medal, Hayden took it on the chin, and congratulated his competitor gracefully, even opting to high five him right before the end of the race.

Hayden knows that if he hadn’t gotten that penalty, it is very likely that he would have won (well, it was a ten second penalty, and he lost by 13 seconds, but I don’t know). However, he took it gracefully and was lauded for his sportsmanship, as he knows that getting fussy about it would only make matters worse.

There’s something we could all learn from this. There is such a thing as losing gracefully, and while disappointing in the moment, Hayden showed us how it’s done.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.


I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.


On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.


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