There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Friday, 27 July 2012

St. Crispin's Day for Team GB

Team GB
                                                                 Henry V, Act 4, Scene III

When I saw this picture of Team Great Britain, for some reason, I thought of the rousing speech King Hal gives in Shakespeare's Henry V, the night before the battle that came to be known as The Battle of Agincourt.  Henry calls his men to action, urging them on as we few, we happy few, we band of brothers.  The battle will be fought on the feast of St. Crispian, and Henry proclaims that this St. Crispin's day will be remembered throughout time because of their bravery and spirit.

All of the Olympic teams gathered now, are a band of brothers, and sisters, and thankfully swimming pools and athletic fields and football pitches have taken the place of battlegrounds.  The ideal is that it is all about participating in the Olympics, not just winning a medal.  Even so, I can't fathom the pressure that Team GB must be feeling to perform and to bring home gold.  The reality is that it is about the medals' podium and who is standing there at the end of each competition--but perhaps one day we'll reach the ideal and rise above that.

The whole world will be watching, not only Team GB but the entire UK, and how well we are able to put on the 2012 Summer Olympics.  We need the spirit of Henry V or Churchill to cheer us on as we help bring the world together on a sports field rather than a battle field.  It is a St. Crispin's Day of a different sort, but as all the bells of London and throughout the country rang out this morning at 8:12, the UK welcomed the world in camaraderie rather than as enemies, and in games of peace, instead of war.  Our minds and our country are ready........(ahem, Mitt Romney).   

(Oh, and by the way, Ryan Giggs when you showed the poor sportsmanship of not bothering to sing the National Anthem, you proved why David Beckham should have had your spot.)

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