The Olympics are here! Trying rolemodels!! : Danielle's Soapbox
This page/Blog offers another way of getting to know me.

I randomly have reactions to current events from a psychological and sprititual perspective that I want to share from my soapbox.  I fear my rantings are only interesting to me, but so often, I see things or know things that are happening that need to be brought to light.  I also know that if I don't create the courage to speak up, then I might not be aiding someone else's effort to be courageous.

I know that knowledge is power and speaking up is powerful. I believe that if I dare to speak up, others will know that they are not alone in their opinions and beliefs and with that knowledge, momentum can be gained in attaining awareness.

My intention in climbing onto my metaphorical internet soapbox is to help the effort to bring everyone to their highest potential.  I hold that we are creating a better world when we reach within ourselves to seek a better self.  For in that momentous effort, compassion for ourselves is attained and then compassion for other's becomes sweetly and joyously infectuous.

Enjoy!  I welcome your comments and reactions!

The Olympics are here! Trying rolemodels!!

by Danielle DeBray on 02/15/14

When the Olympics arrive, even though they do so on a regular basis, we as a world get excited.  At some intrinsic level, I believe that we celebrate the people of so many nations who are participating in the games because they come together to... try. 

Because the Olympics are a competition, this means that inherent in the excercise some will fail. But not for a minute, do I believe that the excitement the games generate is because somebody might fail the day they watch the Olympics.

There is evidence in that belief because when an athlete from another country is endangered or hurt, everyone in the stand encourages the athlete, not just the observers from that country. 

In the men's Olympic ice dance competition on the night of February 13th, ice skater, Jeremy Abbott, was making his attempt for Olympic gold, but he missed his quad jump.  His skate had dug into the ice at an inopportune time.  It caused him to go airborne, but not in the direction of the intended quad. He landed with the whole weight of his body on one hip on the hard ice, continue to slide across the ice and slam into the ice rink wall.   It he looked as if he was down for the evening. 

His performance music continued to play, but he lay on the cold wet ice with his face into the wall.  We all waited. Wondering.  Was he seriously injured? Would he be able to continue? And if so,what he was going to choose to do. Give up?  Or go on?

When he was able to pull himself raggedly to his skates and begin performing, even trying to catch up with the music, the whole arena not only applauded but continued to clap in time to the beat of his music.  Everyone, Russians, Germans, American, everyone was signaling  their encouragement and support for his tenacity and fighting spirit.  They were celebrating his spirit of trying.

In the face of such odds and pain, Jeremy tried.  Knowing that his chance for the gold was probably left on the ice underneath his hip, he got up and performed anyway. 

There are contestants that come to the Olympics knowing that probably they will not go home with the gold, but they reach for it anyway.  They just want to be a part of it all because there is a lot more than gold won at the games.

So reach for the stars, who knows you may just get there.  And if you don't quite have the moxie to do so right now, watch the Olympic games and sees motivated fabulous role models in how to try from every nation!

Cheers to the spirit of the Olympics!

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