Lessons From A Ceremony

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“I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.” — 1 Corinthians 9: 24-26.

I’m hoping you’re keeping warm in your part of  America tonight. It’s downright “turn yourself into a popsicle COLD”, out there!! We even had a bit of sleet! Well, that was your weather report for the day.

Now, let’s talk Olympics. Actually, let’s talk about the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Here’s where I should probably tell you, that I would make a pretty crappy therapist. Seriously! If you’ve ever seen that Geico Insurance commercial where the drill sergeant is the therapist, and he’s throwing the tissues at the guy crying, that’s me. However, I suppose to make up not having that “how does that make you feel” gene, it’s a lot easier for me to look at a situation, like say the opening ceremony, and gleam life lessons from it.

The Excitement Of The Athletes.

You could tell it in their eyes. The rush of emotions was plain to see, as athlete after athlete, country after country, was represented. Whether there was one athlete, or over 200 (as in Team USA’s case), the looks of joy were the same. These people have trained for this moment, this is their time to shine.

May we all feel that way one day about what we do. Whether it is writing a book, teaching pre-school, or working a construction job. If you have a goal, train for it, go get it. Then, when it’s your time to shine, absolutely kill it.

The Lighting of The Fou….Five Rings.

I’m sure that whoever planned that Olympic ceremony held their breath several times. Would this work, would that be right. The lighting of the five Olympic rings must have been such a moment. Then, one of the five Olympic Rings did not change from a snowflake to a ring. Did you get that? One out of 5. That means four did exactly what they had been created to do. But is the world talking about the four? Nope. They are talking about that one.

The world will always see our failures before it sees our successes. People are just wired that way. But that doesn’t mean we get to quit, or walk away. It just means we chalk it up to experience, we learn from it, then we laugh it off, and do it better the next time.

Whatever Team USA Was Wearing.

One of the highlights for me, while watching the Parade Of Nations is watching Team USA walk into the stadium. They walked out there, happy, cheering, and with style. It’s left up to each individuals taste as to whether or not their clothes matched that style. Our local Dallas NBC affiliate has a reporter in Sochi, during the games. He interviewed one of the athletes who told him that they were comfortable, and warm in the clothes. He said the athletes themselves had no problem with them.

Sometimes what we on the outside think of as ugly, is a necessary part of someone else’s uniform. While we may see scars, others may feel protection. Sure, Team USA could have gone out there in something a little more, umm, not from grandma’s closet. But would they have been as warm or as comfortable in it? Maybe. But then again, maybe not. 🙂

As far as I’m concerned, the ceremony was beautiful! That little girl that kept being hoisted up into the air is extremely talented. The athletes were jubilant, the historical ballet was both strange and beautiful. And that “moving” floor!!

I’ll be cheering Team USA  on to, hopefully many, gold metals. I’m praying for their safety, along with the well being of all of the other athletes, coaches, and everyone involved with the Olympic games this year. I’ll be praying for you too.

Well, I’ll catch ya on the flip side friend. I’ll bring the Diet Cokes this time.

Blessings and Peace,



About Helen Heard

Hi!! Come on in, take the comfy chair, have a Diet Coke. Let's talk about Jesus, writing, music, family, and which M&Ms are the best (peanut of course)!
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