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Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic Spirit in the Game of Life

The strongest people aren't always those who win, but those who don't give up when they lose.

The opening ceremonies of the Olympics are always touching as the world comes together in a spirit of unity ~ if just for a moment. We respectfully watch as athletes proudly carry their country's flag during the parade march. We are educated and entertained as the hosting city brings its culture to life through song, dance, and narration. Then the games begin.

With the Summer Olympics in full throttle, not only are the athletes' abilities on display through competition, but also their sportsmanship. Each one works hard to get where they are, but the truly good athletes will shine with or without medals. They are the ones who will not stay down when they get knocked to their knees. They are the ones who congratulate their winning opponent(s) and encourage their losing opponent(s). They are the ones who take a failed competition and use it as a stepping stone, a learning experience for the next race. They are the ones who stand proud yet humble for their moment of national recognition, then turn around to cheer for their fellow athletes.

We, as a general audience, can learn a lot as we watch these athletes compete. We can adopt their champion attitude of not giving up, working hard to accomplish dreams, and believing in ourselves. These athletes have been taught that the minute you give up, you've already lost. That logic applies to all of us. The strongest people aren't always those who compete in the Olympics and win, but those who don't give up when they lose ~ whether in an Olympic game, on the court/field, or in the game of life.
Olympic Spirit


  1. That's true and I find myself remembering and respecting the athletes that go out of their way to show such honor.

    1. It's those athletes that really stand out! Thanks for your comments, Anthony.

  2. Such a great quote. Can be applied to any aspect of life :)

  3. Nice thought at the end. Lovely. Lisa

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