Winning When Faced with Adversity

ImageAs a storm battles the east coast, I came across this news article talking about how a group of people put themselves out for another. In an earlier post, I wrote about how winning does not always mean taking the first place ribbon. Winning can be finishing a personal best time, or finishing at all. It feels great to win first place, but would you rather place first or turn in an personal best? If you are competing individually, I bet you would rather have a personal best. There is no point in competing if the contest is too easy.

These questions might be answered differently if you are playing an individual sport or a team. As part of a team, if only one player turns in their personal best, but the team does not do very well, I wager the team as a whole is not very happy. When competing as a team, each person has a job to do to make the team success. Only when every member of that team rises to the challenge and works towards their personal best, as part of their team unit, can the whole unit move forward.

This story epitomizes how people can rise above, see a need, and answer it. In this story, a boy with a prosthetic leg was competing in a children’s triathlon had his prosthesis break. A man, a Marine helping with the race, saw this and picked him up – carrying him the rest of the race to the finish line. The child didn’t win first, but that is not the important point of the story. The child tried, he gave his personal best. And, when an unknown force, the broken prosthesis, kept him from finishing; another person reached into his heart – and turned in his personal best. They are both winners in my book!

I am sure as the East coast is faced with such an epic storm, we will see more instances of people reaching their personal best, helping each other in a times of need. Read the article below, cry – I did.

Marines help a young boy finish a triathlon – CNN iReport

During the 2012 Sea Turtle Triathlon in Pensacola, a young boy’s prosthetic limb broke during the run. Local Marines who had volunteered to help monitor the course picked him up and carried him the rest of the way to the finish line. There weren’t very many dry eyes in the crowd cheering everyone on. The Marines also helped urge on many other racers and ran with them across the finish line. Semper Fi!

via Marines help a young boy finish a triathlon – CNN iReport.


2 thoughts on “Winning When Faced with Adversity

  1. One of the things military boasts about after joining is their teamwork, reliance to others and great effort to success no matter what. That’s an awesome display for the military. They needed that for they often receive bad critics of bad behaviors.

    I’m never a fan of perfectionistic approach. It’s never always about the end result, but also the idea and the things you acquired a long the way. That certainly applies when it comes to success. Great post. Encouragement comes a long way, and the opposite of it is very destructive.

    • Thanks! The story, and most any story, that talks about how people help others, without an ulterior motive moves me. Especially during election season where people take promises made with a grain of salt, it warms my heart to see people give in the aftermath of Sandy, access to electricity or donations to red cross etc. because they see the need. As an Air Force brat and Army wife, I am a HUGE supporter of the troops, from any division. Most service men and women are honorable people doing a hard job with minimal support.

      Life is journey. We may not win every race we attempt, but we can always learn something from trying. 🙂

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