From a young age until I was twenty I competed in Rhythmic gymnastics. As an elite athlete “flow” was that elusive goal you strived to achieve, which would produce your peak performance at just the right time. It’s incredible when it happens. It’s made even more incredible when the situation and circumstances surrounding it happening are magical.
Take for instance a teenage Austistic boy Jason McElwain, who became an inspiring hero to his teammates and school peers during one special basketball game.
I saw a version of this video on Facebook earlier today, and wanted to help make sure stories like this continue to be shared. We all have the power to achieve our dreams. We can make magic. And most importantly we can empower each other to reach heights we only imagined possible.
Believe. Strive. Achieve.
(and inspire those around you!)
As December quickly approaches, the joy of the season fills the air and Christmas spirit is all around. I am enjoying the All Christmas Music radio station (in small doses mind you but I am none the less), and have already taken in a few Holiday Movies. So I thought I would share some “oldies but goodies” to help kick start your Christmas fun!
My brother and I loved this one when we were kids. It may come under the category of ‘you can’t go back’ rather than classic, but it’s at least slightly amusing! Besides my brother got his classic line “I’ll have one with extra butter” from it! Enjoy a Claymation Christmas!!! (please click on the link. I didn’t find the whole thing on Youtube so I thought I would attach it this way to make it easier to view!)
I also came across The Snowman. I don’t believe I’ve seen it before, however it is a lovely little fantasy about a young boy’s creation coming to life. I love how music describes the conversations and drama unfolding throughout their adventure.
What are your Holiday favourites? Songs, movies or specials? I’d love to share in the spirit that makes this season so much fun!
My heart, along with so many others, goes out to the people and communities on the Eastern Coast of Canada and the United States as they face the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.
In times like this it’s hard not to think of the message that the Earth is trying to send us. Recently we’ve experienced a great number of Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tsunamis… and we are at the mercy of the powerful forces of Mother Nature. It all feels very humbling to me, and makes me think and question:
What do we really have? What do we really need?
What is power? What is control?
What is our impact/influence on these forces of nature?
A fellow yogi/writer I enjoy David Romanelli wrote “The Native Americans would say that ‘the forces of nature are always in alignment with the Great Spirit’s will‘.” We need to use these situations as wake up calls to what is truly important. I believe all we have is love, and all we need is one another. We need to be good to each another and be good to the Earth.
I’m sending all of my love and good wishes to the people who are on the path of Sandy. Let’s help one another and protect this sacred place in which we live. In the meantime, here are some storm inspired tunes 😉
We are living in an age where our lives are on display, mostly due to the fact that we broadcast it across social media sites and on reality TV. I know many many people who feel reality shows have no place, and criticize people airing every aspect of their lives to the world. And I have to agree to a large extent. There is a horrible range of shows embracing the worst sides of humanity (cheating etc). BUT, there is another aspect too. An aspect which I have completely fallen for – and a current show that I’m enamoured with. The X-Factor.
It is amazing to watch a person who may never have been given the opportunity to shine, to take their talent, OWN THEIR POWER, and share their passion/love/ability with the world. In sport we often talk about peak performance state or flow, and in these moments these individuals are in perfect flow! It gives me so much joy to bear witness to these special times. I love to celebrate the best in humanity, and I’m thankful that a show like this enables us to connect with interesting people, their fascinating stories, and to be inspired by them laying it all on the line.
Here’s a favourite performance from the UK version…
Ok, another admission… I have a lot more time now that I’m on a ‘work vacation’ at the moment. One of the shows that’s on the TV here is Undercover Bosses. The premise is that a President/CEO of a company dresses in disguise and works a day in various jobs throughout the company.
That in and of itself isn’t interesting. BUT, the stories and experiences that come out of it are truly touching. The last few episodes have shown individuals who have struggled to achieve what we would call a low-level position, and are often working hard to make ends meet, or support family members etc. Their attitude, determination and perseverance over the challenges they’ve encountered in life resonate with their bosses. They often have valuable suggestions for improvement, or show potential for a higher position – and the conclusion of the show is the most wonderful part. These individuals are informed of the ‘disguise’ and are often rewarded in various ways (through educational scholarships, money to be put towards their interests/families/vacations, developments within the company based on their ideas etc). Perhaps it is my love of humanity, and again seeing people OWNING THEIR POWER, and making a difference with their life that touches me so deeply. It’s unfortunate not everyone within each company would have that chance, but I realize everything has to start somewhere.
So why is any of this important?
These shows inspire me so deeply because they highlight what a big difference EACH of us can make with our life. It shows that you can never give up on your dream, and that if you pursue your passion good things can come (…and do have the talent to back it up – let’s be serious I love to sing but I’m not going to be on X Factor unless it’s the ‘car or shower edition’). Whatever you are doing now, whatever job you are in, whatever your dream is live that will all of your heart. Share your passion with everyone you encounter. Know that you can positively influence everyone you come across. You can be the change. You can be the difference.
One of my favourite quotes of all time is Marianne Williamson’s Our Deepest Fear. In it she says: “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.”
Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months, and years they spent preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely a demonstration of their champion character. ~ T. Allan Armstrong
It is a very natural occurrence that at important events in our lives, we often feel retrospective. As I think of, dream about, and have mini-“EB” (aka emotional basket-case, or as I like to call it Emashional bosket-case) moments I cannot help but remember the road that brought me to this point. I’m talking about it like this journey has really been mine – when in reality, I have been a happy helper (tag along) as Malcolm climbs this next mountain. But, wow the view from the top! It’s hard not to imagine what’s on the other side… and I frequently have to stop myself from thinking of all of the new adventures that await us Post-O. I sometimes picture what my husband will be like when he’s not the zombie version of himself due to constant all out training. How will I be able to adapt to making normal size meals? How will he adapt to having to clean the bathroom on occasion?
I think I must be pretty good at living in the present moment because I feel like the Games have snuck up on me. I really cannot believe they are almost here. And the thing is living in that present moment is going to be the key – for all of us.
To drink in this incredible experience. To not to fret about what is coming, but focus only on the here and now. To not to try to control or manipulate things but stay open to what opportunities come about. And first and foremost to stay grounded in the fact that what we are is what we are. For the athletes everything that brought them to this point. Each step they took to climb this mountain has carved them into the person they are. Who knows what will happen in London. Big challenges create big moments. And to not let the past define us, nor determine our future. There will be many who will rise even higher… but the thing I always think about is as incredible as those moments are, as brilliant as those accomplishments, they don’t actually change someone. (well we hope not).
My wonderful husband pre-O will be the same post-O, though perhaps a little more chipper Thursday through Saturday 😉 When I was at the Olympic training centre in Colorado Springs one year I found some motivational papers… written is one of my favourite all time quotes:
A true champion is a champion in life, not just in sport.
He is my champion. My anchor.
CTV produced a little profile on him…
AND, then to end on a bit of lighter note, here’s something to make you laugh. One of my favourite videos is this one of a young girl and her daily affirmations. Well I made my own version for the rowers. Hope you enjoy!