Last Friday started the 31st Olympics. Last week I watched as Kerry Jennings-Walsh began her journey to a fourth straight gold in beach volleyball at 37 after having her third child! Then I watched Michael Phelps win his 21st gold medal. And then I watched Simone Biles do the most incredible things I’ve ever witnessed a gymnast do in the history of gymnastics. And finally I watched Usain Bolt prove once again that he is the fastest man alive.
After watching Simone Biles, Lester Holt, from NBC said it best, “You are witnessing the greatest gymnast of all time and that is worth your time any time.”
Why do we watch the Olympics?
Because we want to witness Greatness. Because we want to see what dedication, real dedication, looks like in action. For four years these individuals have focused on virtually nothing else but this one goal – to make it to the Olympics and win.
Every day we all struggle with our own limitations and shortcomings and we try to do better each day. We make new resolves each week to do better and we reflect on the past week to see what we can change.
Here, in the FoodLove Community, we work on improving all aspects of our lives so that we can fix the real issues and stop using food to hide from them. We want to be better. But more than that, we want to be great. We want to be strong enough to face our fears so that we can reach our greatest potential.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson
, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
Watching the Olympics brings us closer to greatness. And if you’re like me and you’re a junkie for this stuff and you can’t get enough, it’s because you not only respect the greatness you’re witnessing, you want it for yourself one day as well.
So watch the Olympics, cheer on your team, whichever team that may be (Go USA!). And soak in the focus, determination and drive that all of these beautiful athletes embody. And just like them, demand greatness for yourself and then go get it.
The body that results from a person who seeks greatness will not have excess weight. I promise you that. There will be no room in your life for it. Simple as that.