I think it a great article - all things are cyclical. We think life is not always "fair" but really life is inherently fair. Some days the cheetah gets the gazelle and other days the gazelle gets away - neither is good nor bad nor fair nor unfair, they just are. I am a huge fan of the Tao Te Ching et al - you can apply this thinking to so much, big or small, whether it is an entire lifetime, a tri season or an individual IM race. There will be ups and downs, but each is as it is, and all we can do is control our reaction and flow with it - water over rock. I think back to how on 9/11 I was late coming back from my morning workout and missed my train to downtown NYC - I was so pissed at myself at the time b/c I was late for a meeting. I had no idea what a blessing missing that train actually was - I would've been arriving underneath the WTC right about 9AM. The "reason" for some things (such as the Columbia) is not always readily apparent - it takes years sometimes for these things to be revealed. That does not make it any less sad nor tragic of course, but I'm sure that at some point a purpose will be revealed for the sacrifice those 7 people made.
"To give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Pre MattMizenko.com