An Inspirational Summer

Posted on September 11th, 2012 by Chaplaincy in Tybed

It has been a really inspirational summer. The Olympics followed by the Para Olympics not to mention Bradley Wiggins Tour de France victory have left me feeling really inspired. The athletes that have taken part in these sporting events have trained and sacrificed so much to achieve what they have. I have been moved by their commitment and spirit as I have shouted for them at the television. They have made a real difference to the world around them. They have inspired and brought joy to many people’s lives. They are at the pinnacle of their sport and in my eyes have attained sporting greatness.

As inspirational as this is I am left sometimes wondering about what I can achieve. I am left asking the question ‘how can I have a positive impact on the world around me?’ ‘How can I inspire or bring joy to others?’ I have to face facts that I am not going to attain Olympic greatness; I am never going to be a great sportsman. So how can I bring joy to others?

I am convinced that it is not only through the events that we see in the media that people can have an impact on those around them. Perhaps it is important for us to realise that we too can inspire and bring joy. Sometimes the biggest things come in the smallest gestures. I have lost count of the times when I have been having a bad day and have been cheered up by a kind word or smile. These gestures seem so small but can make a real difference to people’s lives. Only a very small amount of us will make it onto a national or global stage but that does not mean that we can’t make a difference to those around us. It’s important that we don’t underestimate the role we can play in bringing happiness to others. I am no Usain Bolt or Ellie Simmons but I can smile and I can try to say nice things to people. Who knows, if we all did this we could change the world!

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