I love watching the Olympics, but I don't often have the opportunity to watch many of the events. Some of the stories of Olympic athletes are truly amazing. Several competitors had major surgeries less than a year before these past 2012 summer games. They were able to come back from surgery to be among the best in the world for their sport. I can’t imagine the hard work that goes into training. Have you ever seen a runner sprint with a parachute on his or her back? Or athletes lifting weights? It is through resistance and challenging themselves that they become refined in their sport. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to know that you need practice, exercise and experience some pain to get better at what you do. To become a better parent, professional or friend it takes time and effort to learn the needed skills.
In life, we must have the same mindset as we do with athletics. As we face opposition or resistance we grow stronger emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. In failure, struggle or opposition we are forced to look at our motives and faults to see how we can be transformed. More often we attempt to avoid looking at ourselves and turn the mirror on others. Today, view your conflicts in life as an opportunity for growth, refinement and strength!
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