Win Yes But Always Be Courageous

let me win but if i cannot win let me be brave in the attempt, special olympics motto

Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt.

Special Olympics Motto


This is one of my favorite mottos. I think this should be a motto for anyone, at all times. 

Play, work, live, love with the gusto you need to EXCEL at whatever you are doing. And when you do live with such intentionality, then, even if you do not achieve what you want, you will have been brave in the attempt. That is its own reward.

Thomas Carlyle on Walking Against the Tide

Today and tomorrow - just two more from Carlyle. I hope you have been moved by this insightful author, as I am. Today's thought is one that describes the essence of being a follower of Christ. First, here is Carlyle and then I'll have a thought to add.

Thomas Carlyle quote On the choice of books  world obstructing you

That is the Christian journey. In the world but not of the world. The Book of Hebrews describes us as sojourners who are looking for a "better city." We are nomads making our way through this world that is out of sync (okay - full rebellion against) the kingdom of God. We are citizen-ambassadors of the Other Kingdom. We are Followers of the WAY. The Way is narrow, hard, difficult and only a few follow it. The Cultural Highway is broad, wide, busy and is life in the fast lane.

I Am Inspired by This Little Guy

Before I tell you what inspires me . . . and before you read any further, take a few moments, look at this image and reflect on these two questions.
ONE:  What do you see when you look at the image? In particular, what do you see in this little boy?
TWO:  What do you think it took, for this inspiring young boy to get to "what you see in this picture?

So STOP and reflect. Take as long as you need. Then continue on with the material below the image.
boy running with prosthetics, inspiring example of love, joy, courage

Here is what I see? I see
joy, love energy, excitement, enthusiasm, delight, vital optimism...

I see
courage, faith, hope, persistence, perseverance, an indefatigable spirit...

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