Week 55 – Yes you can!

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have started this week, and this is the opportunity for those crazy for sports to see the biggest athletes in the world performing to their best in order to achieve their dream of a gold medal. I believe these athletes need to have our admiration and respect, because to be an Olympic athlete requires lots of training, dedication and determination. I was watching a documentary about a few of the English athletes this week, and I was impressed with their lifestyle and all that lay behind their motivation. As far as I understood, the majority of them go far beyond their limits to prove to themselves, and no one else, that they can do it.

However, what caught my attention was an advertisement on English TV about the Paralympic games, which says: “Yes you can”! This advertisement shows the Paralympic athletes doing the amazing things they do, but the special thing that this advert shows is ordinary disabled people doing the things that non-disabled people do every day. Like people without arms going to the petrol station to fill the tank using their legs, and a mother changing her baby using her feet. A man with short arms and tiny few fingers playing the piano. Wow, this is amazing to see: these people go beyond their limits and prove that they can do much more than we think they can, that they can live a life and enjoy it as much as anyone else. As the man says at the end of this advertisement: “we are superhuman”.

I am surprised to see the ways that humans can do more than they imagine. These Paralympic athletes are proof of the wonderful capability that God gives us even with such disabilities. I don’t know about you, but I can speak for myself: many times I think that I am not capable of achieving my dreams, because of the obstacles that I create in my own head. Many times my motivation is not to be motivated, life passes in front of my eyes and I don’t do anything to grab the opportunities given me to make what I really want to make, to really chase my dreams, to really achieve my gold medal. What is your gold medal? What do you really want to do? Is anyone telling you that you can’t make it, or are you sabotaging yourself with negative thoughts? Against everything that pushes you far away from the things you want to do in life, I would like to say: YES YOU CAN! Yes you can do it, yes you are capable, yes you are wonderful, yes God has more to give than you expect! My advice to you is: put yourself in action and let God show you what you can really do.

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