Do we undervalue the empty-handed
the bronze and sliver
as we go looking for gold?
Childhood is a time of youthful meanderings,
of finding oneself.
Yet these few have forsaken such things,
their hearts pulled toward loftier heights.
Some say that they lost
coming away without a gold,
ask if disappointment is felt.
Of course there is pain and frustration,
Probing eyes dog their steps,
filming the sorrow of dashed hopes.
Don’t be quick to find fault
from the comfort of your chair.
Celebrate their accomplishments.
Celebrate their endurance and self-sacrifice.
These people are champions
in the true measure of the word.
Whether empty handed
they had the courageous spirit
to pursue their dreams.
Celebrate their victory.