“I was a train wreck. I was just like a time bomb waiting to go off…I had no self esteem, no self-worth, yeah, there were times that I didn’t want to be here…it was just not good.” – Michael Phelps
“This is when we fight, this is when real character shows up, don’t shut down” – Ray Lewis
“Pain builds compassion.” – Mark Salvato
“I related to his [MP’s] story, everything except the 21 gold medals” – EPB
When we’re hurt, we don’t throw in the towel –
we dive in,
It’s not about perfection, it’s about evolution –
a gradual process –
of becoming who we’re intended to be.
We go the distance.
Reach for the side, stability, get out of the suffocating waters, breathe,
and stand on our own, work
toward personal growth,
cherishing the personal medals earned
from humility and perseverance –
Humility driven, not ego driven, we stand on a private platform,
recognizing the defeats that inspire the triumphs.
We discover the remedy lies within us.
Ripping off the dirty, old barely-holding-on band-aids that are pulling away from our wounds, we uncover a new skin –
one adorned with
honor, righteousness, virtue, and
Defuse the time bomb, avoid the train wreck
Go for the Good –
that’s where the invaluable golds are found.