Here in Dove Lane we have been glued to the television every evening watching the Olympics. It has become compulsory viewing. I feel so proud of all our British team, and our nation becomes united as we cheer them on and feel we are right beside them through both the highs and the lows. We become passionate about following sports we didn’t even realise we liked and become knowledgeable about all sorts of terms and techniques. We’ve watched a mind boggling array of sport from so many categories, and our team have dazzled us with the results of their years of hard work, skill and dedication. Some of them have battled against health problems and injuries but kept on going , full of belief and courage. Watching the winners climb the podium and raise their arms to the crowd in delight after they are awarded their medals is a wonderful sight, and as the Union Jack is raised there is not a dry eye in the house.
I got to thinking about the significance of medals. How one man’s bronze is another man’s gold, whilst to another, anything other than gold brings disappointment. I keep thinking of the utter joy on the face of the Brazilian gymnast who earned a bronze medal. To him, achieving a bronze medal in front of his home crowd was more than he could ever have dreamed of. Maybe it was because it was unexpected that it meant so much. Yet we hear of heartbreak and disappointment in another who was expected to win gold but had to accept silver. It seems to be all about expectations.
I guess we see this in all walks of life. It’s good to aim high of course and hard work and dedication should reap reward, but it’s also good when that spotlight shines on the unsung heroes too.
And what about the ones with no famous glow? Those who work hard in all walks of life.They are winners too; sometimes in the background, but still as courageous in what they do; showing kindness and compassion when no-one is watching.
I’m cheering nightly for our Olympic team. I think they are absolutely magnificent. But I’m shining my light on you today. Step up to the podium and receive your gold medal. For being you.
Blessings to you.