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To finish the moment, to find
the end in every step of the journey’s
end in every step of the road, to live
the greatest number of good hours,
is wisdom.” Henry David Thoreau
I must admit that Olympic viewing has got my attention once again. There is something about the human spirit that comes out of all of us when watching elite athletics compete in the Olympic Games. Although there is a lot of money involved in winning gold there still is a spirit that money is not the primary thing. It is training and focus that seems to come to the top. All the athletes are top but, at the end, it seems to be the mental strength that makes a difference.
It is a diversion from the war and violence that surrounds us but it seems like a healthy one. In fighting war we need relief. There are probably better reliefs like books and music but sports seem to be mind. A night of working on the computer or doing some simple reading with baseball or Olympic on the TV in the background will not win any gold medals for anything. However, it is relaxing and allows me to escape from the death that surrounds me so I can see the joy and life.
The words of Ralph Waldo Emerson on this picture quote of the day comes to mind. Watching the Olympics is not finding the “journey’s end in every step” but maybe it can help to do it. Going for the Gold needs a break?