I was up and out early this morning, and on my drive I turned the radio to CBC. Headlines included the Premiers discussions around the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, and the countdown to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, England. In just 5 hours much of the world will be watching in awe as London unveils what has been held secret for so long.
And, although I’m not an athlete, I couldn’t help but feel the excitement as I listened to some interviews of Londoners who have had this event in their sights for seven years. There’s something about planning, about setting your mind and heart towards the future that catches us all up, grabs our hearts. And issues of commercialism and athlete drugging aside, there’s also something pretty spectacular about the young people that dedicate their lives to being the best they can be. The training, the perseverance, the undivided eyes set on the goal… GOLD. So, we watch, we admire, we are inspired by these ones who embody something most of us can only dream of.
And in the echo of their accomplishment we hear an invitation… to be the best of who we are with the gifts we have been given.
Gifts for today,
311. how a pedestrian walk-way can be a wildlife corridor for a neighbourhood white tailed deer
312. the words and infectious attitude of Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes on CBC Radio One
313. heart-felt greetings and farewells at airports
314. another sunny summer day, projected high of 29 C
315. Tim Hortons drive through server calling me ‘sweetie’… twice
316. Tim Hortons coffee ~ double, double
317. a peaceful porch invitation to pause and consider the naming of gifts once again
318. lime green pool float glowing in sunlight
319. bumble bees blessing Spirea blossoms
320. a bowl full of beach combed seashells
321. plans for blueberry pancakes with the kids
322. anticipating pageantry and excitement of Olympic Opening Ceremonies in just 5 hours
323. that feeling of being in a sweet sweet place, like The Flying Scotsman, Erik Liddell, winner of the men’s 400 metres at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, who said this “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
- Olympic torch design secrets revealed (capitalfm.co.ke)
- London set for Olympic opening ceremony (bigpondnews.com)
- Olympic torch relay inspires a new generation (examiner.com)
- Olympic torch heads towards Stratford stadium (independent.co.uk)
- A sneak peak at the London 2012 opening ceremony (seattletimes.nwsource.com)