I watched in awe tonight as Olympic athletes dazzled millions of viewers and challenged my courage and determination.
I couldn’t help but wonder why I have given up so easy, been persuaded to lose, lost sight of my goals, and quit because I was exhausted. I am of course inspired and bewildered.
Tonight a BC athlete won a silver medal after a grueling 11/2 hour triathlon competition. I could go into long detail about the race and the competition, but the point might be lost.
Simon Whitfield taught me a great lesson. In the last 15-30 seconds of the triathlon, when every cell in his body screamed in pain for oxygen and relief, he executed his winning KICK. Running in a pack of 4 outstanding male athletes, he repeated what won him a gold medal in the same sport in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He kicked it into high gear and sprinted. All of a sudden, after falling at the back of the pack, he astounded the crowds with a surge that came, not from his weary body, but his unwillingness to cross that line 4th or 5th.
How unwilling am I to quit what I know is my life intention? Racked with pain, drenched in humid heat that drained every once of energy, and apparently falling behind, Simon used his intention and transmuted that energy into physical stamina and determination. He just wouldn’t give up or in.
Oh sure, I am proud that he is Canadian and from my own province. I am proud of all the athletes from around the world. It’s not the competition that I find arresting, it is the single-mindedness, the pinpoint intention that allowed Simon Whitfield to experience the joy and the honor you can see in this photo.
In Zen, we see ourselves in others, in nature, in space, in all things. If Simon can move through pain into the pursuit of his dream, you and I can run our race to the finish.
My blessed readers, we have so much to cheer about. We are in life to live it to its utmost.
Thank you to all the athletes who have inspired the world to “be” our best selves. And thank you in advance to my readers – would you share what you do get yourself to the finish line of your dreams?
In the Grace of the Moment,
PS Many thanks to RICHARD LAUTENS / TORONTO STAR for the brilliant photo and story at http://olympics.thestar.com/2008/article/480975