February 21, 2010

The Thrill of Victory

Like millions of people around the world, Nancy and I are watching the Winter Olympics from Vancouver, and we are so impressed by the athleticism of the competitors.

I am especially in awe of the men who soar like eagles in the ski jump, sometimes flying nearly 500 feet before making a perfect landing.

Watching the winners and losers in the current Olympics, I am often reminded of ABCs Wide World of Sports hosted by Jim McCay which ran from 1961 until 1968. The series always began with this introduction:

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport! The thrill of victory...and the agony of defeat! The human drama of athletic competition!

In today’s Parable, I invite you to remember those moments in your life when you experienced the thrill of total exhilaration and complete joy . The uplifting memory of those events is one we should attempt to recall as often as possible.

That’s not always possible for we all have unpleasant personal memories, and we are bombarded daily by stories of war, terrorism, violence, natural disasters and other disturbing events. It is so easy to dwell on that which is disagreeable.

But we have a choice each day. We can allow the unpleasant and depressing events of life to drag us down so that we too experience the “agony of defeat.” Or we can be inspired by recalling moments of supreme joy like the “thrill of victory.”

Don’t let joy and bliss be an option in your life. Make it your choice.