As we get ready to watch the opening ceremonies tonight, I wanted to share some perspective…
I love the Winter Olympics! It is a family affair, and pretty much all that is on our television for the entire duration of the games!
My favorite event is curling, although my oldest daughter jokingly calls it “glorified mopping”, I think it is very cool! I am also a huge fan of the half pipe–hoping Shaun White brings home the gold! And then there is the speed skating, skiing, luge, figure skating… AHHH! I LOVE it all!
Then, there’s all the controversy and negativity…
Honestly, I think it is disrespectful to the athletes and process to criticize location, mishaps, and make it a political agenda. It is stressful enough for the amazing athletes representing their countries! Sure, there are things that could have been better, and I am sure we do not all agree about how to run countries, treat people, etc…
However, I always thought the Olympics was a great opportunity to put all of our differences aside, and come together to celebrate excellence in sports!
No bad-mouthing others.
Just good old fashioned competition!
So, I am writing this to simply remind you, and myself about the bigger picture. Let’s forgo the negativity, support our countries, support our athletes, show good sportsmanship, and get back to the games!
Better yet, let’s show kindness to OTHER countries! For instance, I thought Russia’s figure skating pair, Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov’s short program was amazing last night!
Bottom Line: Let’s cheer on excellence, and remember that we are all just imperfect people living in an imperfect world–all in need of kindness and mercy!