The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. ~ H. Keller
So, do you know that experience when a bunch of pieces come together and get you thinking? Well, that happened to me just the other day and I wanted to share them with you. A friend e-mailed me an article Mike Birbiglia, a comedian, actor, writer and director, recently had in the New York Times entitled “6 Tips for Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere” (September 4, 2016). This morning, I stumbled upon an article from August 19th in the Washington Post about Derek Redmond, an elite athlete who suffered an injury while racing in the 1992 Olympics and finished the race with aid of his father. This dovetailed perfectly with something I had wanted to talk with you about – the 2 runners a few weeks ago who helped each other in their Olympic race at the sacrifice of at least one of them attempting to medal. Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino are just the two most recent examples of resilience, compassion and heart winning out.
Mr. Birbiglia talks about how we sometimes hear, “One thing you have to offer in your work is yourself.” He believes, as do I, that this is the only thing we have to offer. What comes after is important but if it doesn’t start with the heart then what can possibly sustain whatever comes next?
Mr. Redmond, Ms. Hamblin and Ms. D’Agostino are living illustrations of taking the heart to the next level. All of these athletes had trained for years to get to the Olympics, had given up time with family, friends and other pieces of what you and I might call a life, to focus on their goals. I’m sure they had some fun while training and made friends with their teammates. I am also sure this came at a price. I will leave you to read up on their stories if you so desire but I’d ask you to consider the role heart played in their stories. They each gave up so much and yet in the end put so much out to cross the finish line – literally.
While it would be nice to think we all have heart, compassion and resilience, I’ve come to believe that not everyone shows theirs so effectively. I’m struck by people who walk past those obviously in need of assistance or who look the other way when the going gets tough. Have you noticed that too?
For the likes of us ordinary people we have an opportunity each day to show what we’re made of, all be it in a different and less world stage sort of a way! Today I’d like to challenge you to step up and show what you’re made of and how you can help shape the world around you. We all have the capacity to be of assistance to those around us; what will you do today?
Wishing you all the best today as you allow your heart, compassion and resilience shine through your actions!