Mental Health Monday: Disappointing, Not Embarrassing

Peyton interviewPeyton Manning is all about his team. He’s not talking about the fact that he set a record last night for the most pass completions in a Super Bowl.

In this post-Super Bowl interview, he talks about how disappointing the loss was for his team, but when a reporter uses the word embarrassing, he says:

It’s not embarrassing at all, I would never use that word…. The word ‘embarrassing’ is an insulting word, to tell you the truth.

I think we can learn a lot from Manning’s response here as we deal with failures in our own lives. When we don’t make the sale that we worked on for months. When our book is rejected by the hundredth literary agent. When we lose a competition we’ve trained for over many months or years. Or when we don’t lose the weight we want to on a new diet. Whatever goal we set for ourselves in life, whenever we fall short—as individuals or as teams—we’ve got to find a way to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and move forward with our heads held high.

On this cold and dreary Monday when thousands of Broncos fans (like me) are experiencing a lot of sad emotions—and disappointment—let’s hold our heads high and press on with the things we hope to accomplish.


  • Peyton is a class act. I appreciate him just as much in a loss as I do when his team dominates. The Broncs just didn’t “have it” last night.

    February 3, 2014
    • No, they really didn’t have it together at all last night and the Seahawks did. By the way, did you hear Richard Sherman’s comments about Peyton after the game? I loved his tweets:

      “There is no reason to bash him on here please Seattle let’s just enjoy this one!!!! He is still a Future HOF player”


      “There is no reason to bash him on here please Seattle let’s just enjoy this one!!!! He is still a Future HOF player”

      February 3, 2014
      • Sherman had me at “Peyton is the Classiest person/player I have ever met! I could learn so much from him! Thank you for being a great Competitor and person.” That next comment was sweet frosting on the cake.

        I really do not understand this trend/need to bash somebody else in order to feel better about one’s self or one’s opinion, or team or victory. Sort of like Faith Hill says, “Why can’t ‘happy’ be a story?”

        February 3, 2014

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