Losing and Winning at Once

Second Place Ribbon clipart image

Second Place Ribbon clipart image

Once upon a time in a land that feels far, far away, a certain blogger I know competed in a teen charm pageant, earning the title of “First Runner Up.”

It’s been more than 25 years since I earned that second place position, but I’ll never forget how disappointing it felt to be so close to attaining a goal and yet falling just short.

Sometimes in life, however, we’ve already won, when we don’t gain the top prize.

Such was the case on Friday when another young girl, 16-year old Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan, fell just short of being named the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

There’s no question in my mind that Malala is already a winner.  Why?  Beyond the fact that she has survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for her belief that girls and women across the world have a right to an education, Malala has maintained the courage to continue voicing her beliefs against poverty, discrimination and injustice in the world.

Most recently, Malala gave a speech in front of a special audience of the United Nations and called on world leaders to take action to ensure that education, prosperity and peace are guarantees for all of the world’s people, stating:

So let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.”

I’m an extrovert, and, in living my days, I’m not too concerned about being Quiet.  Rather, I’m more interested in raising my unique voice, and this MySheCave blog is one channel that helps me accomplish that goal.

Today, I’m raising my voice in total support of the words that Malala shared in her United Nations remarks, and I’m sharing Malala’s full UN speech with you now.  In my humble opinion, Malala makes some of our current US Congress members, who are arguing over the current government shutdown and debt-ceiling debate, look like children.

I believe Malala’s personal light has already outshone the spotlight of a Nobel Peace Prize.  And, I believe her voice is a compelling reminder of how much all of us stand to lose if we allow current injustices in the world to continue to prevail.


  1. Marta Loff-Bird says:

    Beautifully said, and I agree wholeheartedly! I also loved the response she gave to Jon Stewart, about 4 minutes into the 6 minute youtube clip of her recent interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjGL6YY6oMs&feature=share)

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