How do we value ourselves? Some folk take pride in how well they have managed their investments or in the supposed value of their houses or in how far they have risen up the ladder in their careers. Students (and parents of students) compare their grades or their test scores.
Athletes are obsessive about numbers. Runners talk about their personal best at their favorite distance. Baseball players compare minute differences in batting averages or earned run averages. Golf players brag about their handicaps.
Elite sailors can look at their ISAF rankings, or their performances in the last big regatta, or how many world championships or Olympic medals they have won.
Numbers, numbers, numbers. We all want to keep score.
Even we puny winter-time Tacticat sailors like to see our names up there in the Top Ten. Someone even left a note on their blog today pointing out how well I was doing at that silly sailing game. My little chest puffed with pride.
This afternoon Tacticat had an announcement...
We all lost our rankings. Our numbers are gone. Our achievements are deleted.
We are VERY sorry to announce that due to a database corruption and our bad habit to forget to backup, ALL RESULTS OF LAST 15 DAYS ARE LOST. The responsible will suffer punishment and humiliation from the rest of Tacticat team.
How foolish we were to take pride in our scores, grades, rankings...
It's a reminder of what really matters in life. Health. Family. And the time to enjoy looking at the clouds.
Update: Thanks to soulsailor for the link to the Cloud Appreciation Society.