I’m a sports fan. Have been since I was 7 years old an NFL girl (GO DOLPHINS!) And while I pledged my heart, eternal love & devotion to the Mi Ami Dolphins all those years ago, I am truly a sports fan in many areas. Seriously think I am going to learn a little about hockey this year….but I digress….
Let’s talk Olympics. I love the inspirational effect of the Olympics. The opening ceremonies and the lyrics of the songs the create for that event. The compelling human interest stories that come with every athlete. The moment of glory. The crowing of a champion. It is compelling to watch, to celebrate with them. But so often, as I get caught up in a particular story or moment of excellence, I find myself wondering about the behind the scenes part. The part we don’t get to see in an athlete’s journey.
Most people only see or experience the end of someone else’s journey or victory. But is that where a champion is made? On the highest podium, bending to be adorned with gold at the MOMENT of victory? Uh, not even close. The champion is made in all the moments we don’t see. Ever think about that? Ever think about what happens the four years in between the Olympics? I call it, the “umph” years.
It’s been said that “The difference between try and triumph is a little extra umph”. The longest part of any journey is the time spent between the decision to TRY and the actual TRIUMPH. It’s this UMPH section I am referring to.
What happens in the “umph” section? TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS. Adversity happens. And here is the big news. The reason it happens is to reveal to you what your true values are. You think those athletes had it easy getting to where they are at the moment of glory? NO WAY! They have had to persevere in the “umph” section. Dig deep. Find purpose. Believe without evidence. They had to BECOME a champion.
Trials & tribulations hold you hostage and it demands your faith, your health, your determination, your belief in yourself or even your life to overcome them. Your reaction to trials & tribulations illuminates your true values and adversity in the “umph” section should never betray what your true values are. Adversity strips away the pretense and self-delusion and shows you what you treasure the most and where your heart truly is. Whatever you are not willing to sacrifice is your greatest treasure, and wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
So give thanks for adversity. It gives you a chance to see yourself as you really are and to make corrections before it is too late. Do not grow weary for you will win if you don’t lose heart – and that makes the journey through trials & tribulation the ultimate TRIUMPH!