Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized
Yesterday I sat in a chair and cheered.
I sat watching the Olympics. I cheered the Olympic skiers working the half-pipe. They were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.
Yesterday I also sat with several friends. I cheered them on. These friends are working through pain. Like the skiers they were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.
The skiers were surrounded by fans.
My friends were surrounded by friends.
Circumstances are different but the skiers and my friends have some things in common.
They can fall.
They can fail.
They’ve done it before.
Both the skiers and my friends needed to address their feelings, failures and their faith in themselves; and that faith, might be fading away.
I’m not sure what the skiers were thinking, but I know my friends.
It’s hard addressing hard things. No one wants broken relationships. No one wants unmet needs. No one wants blocked goals. They have them all and they all hurt.
Sometimes there is a chunk missing in the half-pipe someone else tore out with a ski and caused and the next skier wipes out because of it. Broken relationships are the same way. We unintentionally wound others with our own mistakes. Like a skier wiping out in the half-pipe these friends had wipe-outs.
My friends were reliving the pain – like instant reply – of their wipeouts. Some of it was their mistakes, their misguided decisions prompted by their flawed thinking. Other times they lived with the consequences of someone else’s wipeout.
These friends opened themselves up and exposed their pain. Silently I cheered them on.
It was hard.
Their pain was met with resistance. Addressing pain is costly. They had to feel feelings that they were trying to avoid. They had to admit to feelings that they were trying to deny they felt. Their pain was real and it needed a look-see.
You have people in your life – maybe it’s you – who need the courage to address circumstances and consequences you’d rather avoid. Like a skier standing atop the half-pipe nervously considering their next moments, we all have decisions to make.
Here are 5 Gold Medal Good Ideas that have helped me – and helped other friends – succeed where they had failed before.
5 Gold Medal Good Ideas
– Ask God for wisdom to see situations clearly.
– Ask God for forgiveness if you messed up.
– Ask God for strength and discipline to endure the pain.
– Ask God for strength and discipline to be patient.
– Ask others to help you stay on the right path.
“I’m on you’re side. I’m cheering you on!” is mysilentscream.
Image respectfully borrowed from nytimes.com