Sunday, August 10, 2008

Olympic Fever, Catch it....

I so love every two years when the Olympics happen. The alternating of Winter and Summer games was an inspired brilliant idea. It is amazing to see the passion, the drive, the exuberance of these athletes (I was going to modify athletes with young but with inspirational Dara Torres the word no longer needs modification). New countries showing up in medal standings. South Korea getting it's first swimming medal ever, and it's Gold. The US Women's Saber Team ending a drought of fencing medals with a sweep, Michael Phelps aiming for history. You GOTTA love it. Sports has always been dear to my heart, because it reflects what is capable in the human spirit.

Now what does that have to do with the environment? Nothing and everything. At the surface they are unrelated but if you look at what each olympian goes through to achieve what they do requires, dedication, focus, commitment and passion. It's nothing short of a way of life. And those same things are what we're going to need to tackle the environmental challenges in front of us.

Percy Cerutty, the legendary coach of the legendary miler Australian Herb Elliot said this:

"Hard things take time to do. Impossible things take a little longer."

During these two glorious weeks, think about pursuing your own green medal.


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