Matthew Jeffers, a senior acting major at Towson University in Maryland wrote a letter to the Baltimore Ravens, his favorite NFL team, entitled “A Reason To Win.” It was a perspective of his struggles with Skeletal Dysplasia, in relation to the struggles of winning a Super Bowl, with the ultimate lesson that, “Life is not fair, it doesn’t care about feeling sorry for yourself or self-pity. The only disability in life is a bad attitude. THE ONLY DISABILITY IN LIFE IS A BAD ATTITUDE. A positive attitude is the most positive combatant to life’s misfortunes.” Pretty inspiring.
I loved this quote by Brad Keselowski after winning the 2012 Nascar Sprint Cup Championship:
“I saw this really cool video that Ray Lewis did and he said, ‘Throughout my whole life I’ve been told that I’m not big enough, I’m not fast enough, I’m not strong enough and I don’t have what it takes,’ ” Keselowski said after getting out of his car. “I’ve used that as a chip on my shoulder that’s carried me through my whole career. It took ’til this year for me to realize, they’re right. I’m not big enough, fast enough, strong enough. No person is. Only a team can do that. And these guys up here [pointing to his team], they make me big enough, fast enough, strong enough to do anything we want to do.”
A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when the presence of the Lord suddenly awakened him. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.
So this the man did day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might.