Monday, February 10, 2014

Won't You Save Me a Place on the Medal Stand?

I took a break from blogging the past few days to enjoy the snowy winter wonderland here in Portland. Snowlandia, we like to call it these days. This weather made me feel like a little kid...beyond excited. Seriously.  And while I usually keep this space of blogdom for food, fun and photos, I just have had this post brewing in my head all day so I'm going to just type away.

{I know that I could blog about today's meals but it's not just going to happen. I did have a delicious curried split pea soup and veggie/hazelnut wrap today that was superb but that's all I'm going to say on that score.}

The Olympics are in full swing and it's been fun to watch the agony and the ecstasy of the competition. These athletes have trained so hard, for so much of their life and one little mistake and bam--they are out of medal contention.  I can't imagine the heartbreak.

Actually, I can.  While I haven't fallen on an alpine ski run or crashed to the ice after a doomed triple axle (with Scott Hamilton screaming in the background, no less), I have faced some pretty sizable disappointments and defeat in my life. Some of them so significant that there have been days/months/years when I really haven't felt like getting up and trying again. I know I'm not alone in feeling this way which is why I'm blogging this tonight.

Yet there have been moments, truly palpable, memorable instances when I I had to pick myself up, brush myself off and head down the slopes again.  And, you know what?  I'm proud of myself for being brave. For going against the grain and stepping out in faith into the vast unknown, an unknown that has, at times, seemed to be as big as the white-capped peaks of Sochi.  And while I'm not going to get a medal, I like to think that I'm on the medal stand in my own way.  And thankful for God's grace that has led me to this new life, greener pastures and new beginnings.

Maybe you are going through your own heartbreak today, this week, this year, the past ten years.  Maybe your life isn't turning out the way you had thought it was (or thought you deserved--oh, how I have been there and still struggle with that one).  I'm just writing these words in the hopes that you realize you aren't alone and you have people in your corner...just look and see, they might come from unlikely places.  Family, friends, co-workers maybe.  They are cheering you on from the sidelines and there to offer a shoulder to cry on, a hand to pull you up.

You can do it.  Be brave.  And one day, we'll be on that medal stand.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
Robert Frost

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