Hello and Happy Monday! I hope that you have all enjoyed a relaxing weekend and are ready to face the week ahead.
This past week has offered us a smorgasbord on the world stage from the battle of words between the White House and North Korea to the retirement of possibly the greatest athlete to date, Usain Bolt. As America’s top military officials arrive in South Korea and the leaders of China and Japan speak out publicly, let us all hope that this becomes no more than a war of words, not only for the the people of Guam, but for the world at large.
Over the last week our household has been glued to the IAAF World Athletics Championships. There have been some amazing highs and some breathtaking lows. Athletics on the international stage is experiencing its own war at the moment: doping scandals, athletes fighting to prove that they are “clean” and able to compete, medals being stripped and bans imposed. The public made their feelings very clear with the booing of US athlete Justin Gatlin – an runner who has served 2 drug related suspensions and has become the representative bogeyman of all those accused of doping.
But we can also view many aspects of the championships as beacons of light in our allegory for world peace. The final track races of sporting legends Usain Bolt and Mo Farah didn’t end as fairytales do, but instead showed these remarkable men to be human. They both won medals – just not the colour that everyone hoped for. If Farah’s races had been the other way around and he had won his silver first and the gold medal last would this really have altered his achievements – or just the way his final race was reported in the media. I don’t believe that anyone wanted to see Bolt fall in pain to the track rather than finishing his final race, but he showed his strength of character by returning to take a final bow for his international fans as the games closed. Out with the old guard….but in with the new. So many talented young people have sprung onto the world stage this week showing a spirit and enthusiasm that fires up even a chronic illness old crone like me! There have been inspiring stories of overcoming injury and surgery, tears of disappointment and tears of joy. For me a really memorable moment was when the Syrian high jumper realised that he had won a bronze medal, the first ever World Championship medal for his country. The disbelief and ecstasy on his face told such a story of this man who lives and trains in war torn Damascus. What an inspiration to us all!
Bronze High jump World Champion Majd Eddin Ghazal Picture from IAAF.org
You must have wondered where that was all leading, but it can only be to one place – one set of inspirational people to another! So grab a drink, sit down and allow yourself some “me time” finding and exploring some inspiring posts from some more inspirational bloggers!
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