Inspiring a nationTuesday, June 08, 2021
What can be said that hasn't already been said about Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce? She's simply amazing — with Zyon and all!
What can be said about Jamaica that hasn't been said already — the fastest male in history and fastest female alive.
Listening to Usain Bolt in an interview, he opened me up to something that I never thought of before: The record you make today may very likely be broken tomorrow, but feats won are forever etched in history.
True, but golly, it's great to see Shelly-Ann in action, even as it was great to see Usain. But I keep wondering every time, why, as a country that is so gifted, are we not more socially and economically progressive?
I honestly believe that there is more to what is happening than just individual giftedness. I think there is something national about what is going on and we need to really tap into it.
I believe that there is a God-given obligation that each of us must tap into our areas of strength and, with courage and certainty, develop and utilise it to bless others.
There are times when some of us, as Christians, hypocritically berate those who participate in athletic events, but this Christian enjoys it all. I just get so elated when I watch or read of the wonderful prowess of our athletes. Athletics is clearly not for me, but it doesn't mean I can't cheer on those who are good at it. Go, Shelly!
Now, while I believe there's a lot of talent at work in the Shelly-Anns and the Elaines and the Usains (before retirement), these people work hard, and I'm sure there's some smarts in the whole mix as well. Wouldn't it be so wonderful if we saw this attitude wholesale in our schools, and with all the pursuits there are? No cheating, just hard and smart working.
I'm sure Shelly-Ann wouldn't mind if, while we cheer her on, we take a little bit of inspiration from her and work at our own crafts too. Go, Jamaica!
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