Friday, August 17, 2012

You're Great!

If you watched the Olympics at all, you have probably seen the following commercial by Nike.

"Greatness. It's just something we made up. Somehow we have come to believe that greatness is a gift reserved for a chosen few. For prodigies. For superstars. And the rest of us can only stand by watching. You can forget that. Greatness is not some rare DNA strand. It's not some precious thing. Greatness is no more unique to us than breathing. We're all capable of it. All of us."
My initial reaction were tears. I had tears in my eyes when I saw this kids running. His name is Nathan, he is from Ohio and at 12 years of age he weighs 200 lbs. I was overwhelmed with how wonderful it was to see him running. I can't tell you how many times I wish I had done it back then. In my heart I cheer him on. The words too that accompany his running, move and inspire me. "Greatness is no more unique to us than breathing. We're all capable of it. All of us."

We are all capable of greatness. It's our birthright as a member of the human race. Greatness is not confined to the top place of the Olympic podium. It is found in the lonely runner on a country road. Or in finishing that which you didn't think your body was capable of. How about having the courage to even get started? Funny enough, I don't think that most people take enough time to give themselves credit for what makes them great. I am terrible at it. Mentally, even when I succeed, I am always playing things back and wondering what I could have done better. I have a hard time admitting or acknowledging that I am good at anything, much less really calling any of my strengths great. Am I alone in this? Like I said, I don't think so.

So here is my challenge to you, and me, make a list of how you are great. What makes you great? What are you good at? How are you absolutely, uniquely, amazing? Write it down. Say it out loud. Affirm to yourself and the world that you are absolutely made with purpose, and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are great!


Still hurting knees, today they are both in agony. I need to find a specialist and get them looked at. Going to try the WOD tomorrow though. We'll see.


Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 slices of of bacon. First bacon in a long time and it was delicious. Also a muffin.

Lunch: spinach salad, 4.5 oz roast beast, 3 T light ranch dressing, Baked Lays, mineral water.

Dinner: Mexican food extraveganzzzzzzza. Totally not Paleo, so don't care. Birria (spicy roast beef, shredded and served with lettuce, pico de gallo, guac, and a squeeze of lime), Magic Rice, and refried beans. Got tortillas for the fam, but I don't think I want any because my mom promised she'd bring pumpkin pie for dessert. There are few things I love more than pumpkin pie. It means fall is coming. Eventually.

I'm working on my list. Here it is so far:

I give the best hugs.
I have AWESOME hair.
I am a great singer.
I am absolutely creative, to the core of who I am.
I am fearlessly changing my life and my health every day.
I am a child of God. That one is my favorite.

Will you share your list with me? Leave your notes in the comments!



1 comment:

  1. Fearfully and wonderfully made, indeed! Created for greatness!!
    I use to be MUCH worse about playing things back and obsessing about how to do things better, rather than celebrating what I did right in the first place.
    I'm much better now at giving myself credit, and cutting myself slack. It's been a LONG, hard process of changing my thinking--and obviously you're well on your way, since most people never think anything of it!
    You, my friend, are one of the most amazingly unique people I know!!
    How about I'll work on YOUR list?? That's easier, anyway!! :)
    In the meantime....what am *I* good at....???
    Encouraging people. Taking the next step. Keeping things practical. Dreaming big. Making visions come to life. Writing. Teaching. Trying new things. Making cards. Connecting people with each other. Supporting people behind the scenes.
    I am a daughter of the Kings of Kings--a Princess! He made me to learn and teach so I could help other people move forward in their life. I am destined for great things and I am highly favored!