As a teacher, I know that in everything there is a lesson. There is never anything that is done without some reasoning behind it. I may let students get me off task, I may lecture all hour on the American Revolution, or show Remember the Titans in class. There might be a day in which I scrap my lesson plan completely, and instead we talk about something else.
But in everything there is a lesson.
There are many things in life. Things are easy to lose. You can misplace them, break them, or lose interest. Material things. There are jobs, relationships and people. All of which can be lost.
We can cease to hold onto something. Be deprived of it. It's hard when someone says there is a reason for everything. For sometimes life seems unfair. But in every loss there is a gain.
You lose an iPod but gain time to read that book that's been sitting on your shelf collecting dust. You lose a job, but gain one that is a better fit, that you love even more. You may lose a friendship, but learn a little bit more about yourself in the process. You may lose hope, but realize how great life is when you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
You can't always win. Or winning loses it's appeal. You can't always get you want, or you lose the desire to work for things. Sometimes it's the losing that leads us to the finding. And it's the journey of the finding, the effort you put in, that matters.
You can't bring in a harvest without planting the seeds. You can't plant the seeds without tilling the land. You can't watch the crop grow without first watching it rain.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson. Because it might just be one that you need to learn.