Sunday, December 14, 2008

Overcoming Adversity

"Cracked ribs made it hard to breathe. A chipped bone in his hip ached as he walked. And 60-mph winds stabbed at him like ice needles. But at that moment, Trevor Thomas of Charlotte, N.C., could not imagine feeling better...the peak marked the end of a 2,175-mile journey...Hiking the entire Appalachian Trail is an accomplishment few people can claim. This year, about 1600 have tried and about 460 have finished. Only one of them - Thomas - was blind."
Unable to see, unwilling to quit - by Clay Barbour

"Here's to the memory of former Cal football player John Erby, who died recently at 68. He received two Purple Hearts during his service in Vietnam, where he lost part of his right leg...he told people that going through life with an artificial leg "isn't so bad. There is always someone not far away who has it so much worse. No matter how bad you think you have it, stop feeling sorry for yourself. Get up and go help someone."
Bruce Jenkin's 3 Dot Lounge

We see stories similar to this on a fairly regular basis. Most times we don't read beyond the headlines or the first paragraph or two. We are too busy, have too much to do, places to go, lists to be attended to etc. We believe that coaching offers many of the same benefits that swimming does. It gives us a chance to be grateful for our opportunities. We trust that you, as an athlete, are grateful for your opportunities as well.

As John Erby said, "Get up and go help someone". We are going to do that today. We challenge you to join us!

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