On my Twitter feed this week, a fellow Tigers supporter posted a photo of the Richmond VFL team from 1919 after they had lost the grand final to their archenemies, Collingwood.

In the photo, every player was beaming and the caption simply said,

Are we downhearted?

No.

What a wonderful attitude in the face of disappointment.

I know that life doesn’t always go our way.

We have teenage kids with attitude problems.

We have issues at work.

We get frustrated by our politicians.

There is a strain on our finances.

The car breaks down… again.

We feel the physical strain of getting older.

Or perhaps there’s a global pandemic with no end in sight.

But are we downhearted?

No.