Thought of the Week 8-26-2008
“Strength does not come from physical capacity; it comes from an indomitable will.”
- Calendar on my wall
The Olympics really stirred something in me. It’s this concept of “Will.”
Will is an interesting thing to me. On the one hand, Anna (my baby) totally frustrates my when she has a strong will and will not listen. (She has learned so many things like how to discreetly place tomatoes and other slimy foods on my arm and watch them slide into my lap during meals). Of course, if you are a parent, you have heard of or read books about “the strong willed child,” which are often filled with ways to break this will.
However, there is another kind of will that is inside of a person that is very important to keep in tact. My wrestling coach in Middle School used to say, “Have heart boys… When you are down, and you have all but been pinned to the mat, it’s ‘heart’ that will drive you to roll over and get up.” He used to yell, “Come on, it’s time to show me some heart!” It was at those points I would really put up a fight. You know, there were many times that I didn’t win, but I didn’t give up either. As I have progressed through the years of school, sports, work and life, I can still hear coach yell at different times in my ear, “SHOW ME SOME HEART!”
Today is one of those days. When you see things that you have leaned on, people you have entrusted, situations you have planned for disappear, leave, or change; it’s at those moments that “WILL” really shows up.
I wonder if I would still be using a candle if Edison had given up after the 100th try at the light bulb, or what might genetics would have been like if Mendel had given up experimenting on peas and honey bees because he couldn’t get the results he wanted from the first four plants and trials. I wonder what music would have looked like had the Beatles given up after the first label turned them down. I wonder what art would be like today if van Gogh had never acted out on his heart for the artistic, because his religion did not approve.
I wonder what would have happened to freedom had a few colonials not hung out at George Wythe’s house, framed an idea and signed a paper. I wonder what would have happened if Abraham Lincoln would have given up after he lost his first election, or if Annie Sullivan had not forced a little blind girl to behave and “feel.”
What do you think would have happened to Civil Rights had Rosa Parks not “brought it to the front of the bus” or if MLK had not “Had a Dream?”
In every one of these stories, I can hear some coach somewhere saying, “SHOW ME SOME HEART!”
Without this “heart,” this “will,” where would we be today? I guess the question today is, “Will we continue? Will we have the will? Will you show some heart?
I think today, I will dig in and show some heart!
I challenge all of us to do the same! No matter your challenge this week or in the future, if you haven’t had a coach yell it at you before, hear me yell it to you today. “COME ON _______, SHOW ME SOME HEART!”
Today, I leave you with a few quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (A hero who showed us all “some heart”);
“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”
FROM THE “I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH”:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.”
Have a wonderful week!
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