A New Day - You didn't do that on your own - Let your fire burn

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The Olympics

Last night as I watched the Olympics my eyes saw the action on the screen but my heart and my soul felt a level of inspiration that is possible for me to reach only from those that achieve greatness or go beyond the expectations of the masses.

I am inspired by anyone who does something beyond the norm. “Helen Keller” – Kyle Manor” – “Ayn Rand” – “A 98 years old that runs two miles a day” – They make me proud to be a human being – proud to be a child of God – On my darkest days these champions fill my body and mind with the fuel needed to move forward with an “I can belief” in whatever it is that I desire to do.

I love their determination, their focus, their commitment to excellence, their competitive spirits, their unwillingness to never quit, and their burning desire to win.

Without these excellent examples of what we humans are capable of achieving we would never grow or know the indescribable feeling we get from setting a goal and reaching that goal.

As I watched Michael Phelps last night I thought of words recently spoken – words that declared – “You didn’t do that on your own – you didn’t get rich on your own – others helped you – you’re not so smart – you didn’t work harder than anyone else.”  As I watched the amazing human beings taking part in the Olympics those word raced through my mind.  I asked myself if they didn’t do it on their own why are they the only one receiving the applause and the adulation of the many and why do they stand alone to receive their Gold Metal… where is the Medal for those that helped them succeed?

So this is how I see it -  Michael Phelps made the decision to be a champion. To light his FIRE. His coach Bob Bowman made the decision to be a coach.  Without Michael he would have never achieved the recognition he has achieved. Michael on the other hand would have just found another coach. I see it as choice and I believe that nothing nor anyone nor any power on earth will stop those that make the decision to achieve greatness in any endeavor or any field.  Michael needed the focus, the drive, the determination, the competitive spirit, the heart of a champion,and the will to win no matter the cost or the effort before he ever needed a coach.

So my question is did Michel Phelps get there on his own? Do any of us get there on our own?

My answer is YES… A Resounding YES… I came to this conclusion after thinking about our  ancestors, look at the cavemen… did they have roads… did they have computers or the internet or blah blah blah… no… but they had the spirit of greatness within them and nothing stopped them from getting and going and doing what their magnificent spirits desired that they do! Nothing stopped our ancestors from lighting their fire of greatness that resides in all of us.

So I say this – the champions of this world – the winners – the doers – those that inspire us – those that make us proud to be a part of the human race – those that make our hearts sing – those that show the greatness of our Father and use all that he has given to all of us to its fullness…

These Awe Inspiring Champions are the Fire on top of the torch… and their Helpers carry the torch that holds the FIRE…and make it easier for the Fire to burn longer and go where it needs to go and be what it needs to be but without the Fire there would be no need for the Helpers for there would be no Torch...

My question is who lights that Awe Inspiring Fire?  For is it not the Fire within that lights the paths to greatness?

“The Olympic Torch – come rain or come shine the Fire will burn on”.

The ancient Greeks believed that Fire was given to humankind by Prometheus and considered Fire to have sacred qualities.

Let us all applaud the Fire in us and in others and let us know that we light our own FIRE and we and we alone have the power to keep that Fire burning…

I thank God for the Fire within me and I pray that I never let it die no matter who chooses to help me or who chooses not to help me.

“Let Your Fire Burn”

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”  Helen Keller


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Gary Frimann
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
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Nice post.  Saw Michael Phelps sisters and mothr in the audience.  She was a huge influence on him.  They did sacrafice, I'm sure giving of their own time to get him to practice.  I was wondering how much the gymnasts paid to get their with gymnastic classes, coaches, etc.  Keep the fire of desire burning!

Aug 01, 2012 07:34 AM #1
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Enjoyed your blog. The Olympics are a true example of setting a goal and what we have to do to achieve our dreams. The hours, days and months that they work is amazing. We need to follow that example in our work and business efforts to reaxh our goals.



Aug 01, 2012 07:34 AM #2
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 www.longislandcashhomebuyer.com - Massapequa, NY

Hi Gary thanks for stopping by and for your comment... Let me make one thing very clear... I am not imply that Michael Phelps or for that matter any one who has achieved greatness in any field did not receive support and help from others what I am implying in is they lite the Fire that created the need for that support and one way or another they would have found the support they needed to succeed... 

I believe in giving the Highest Honors to those that deserve the Highest Honors... Yes they received help but those that helped them received a tremendous payback for their efforts... I know this because I have coached many people to greatness in our field... I just showed them the way... but they stayed on the path...

Happy Day

Aug 01, 2012 07:48 AM #3
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 www.longislandcashhomebuyer.com - Massapequa, NY

Hi Betty... From my coaching experience I have learned that nothing beats that burning desire to win and that competitive spirit... I am not sure where it comes from but it is an awesome blessing.. 

Aug 01, 2012 07:51 AM #4
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Nice post! Those that achieve great things do not do it as a result of the government enabling them but by the fire that burns within as you have so eloquently stated.

Aug 01, 2012 08:29 AM #5
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Betty & Beth, thanks for the inspiration post. We can do what we have called to do by the help of GOD.

Aug 01, 2012 09:37 AM #6
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

I have watch the Olympics as long as I can remember. I have seen some amazing events, that were so inspiring and also some that were heartbreaking.

I have always been filled with pride, no matter what the results have been.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

Aug 01, 2012 12:27 PM #7
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 www.longislandcashhomebuyer.com - Massapequa, NY

Hi Mike... thanks for stopping by... I could not agree with you more... Have a Blessed Day

Aug 01, 2012 01:15 PM #8
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 www.longislandcashhomebuyer.com - Massapequa, NY

Hi Kwee... Yes I agree that it is with the help of God that our spirits rise to greatness...  You have a Blessed Day

Aug 01, 2012 01:16 PM #9
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 www.longislandcashhomebuyer.com - Massapequa, NY

Hi Joe... It's always good to see you and read your comment...  I know what you mean by the heartbreaking part but to me even their pain is an inspiration...  I cried so much last night that Rich said "No Olympics for you tomorrow night"..... We will see about that...  God Bless Them All...

And God Bless You .... Happy Day !!!!

Aug 01, 2012 01:19 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good post as we have many exciting hours as we watch the Olympics.

Have an outstanding week with your camera in hand.

Aug 01, 2012 04:04 PM #11
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

I've definitely been inspired by watching so many of these Olympic events!

Aug 01, 2012 04:16 PM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist

Well, we are not really alone ever. BUT i do believe we need to to believe in ourselves and amen for that. Even cavemen had other cavemen in some aspect. It's a combo of both I think.


Keep believing,


Aug 01, 2012 08:39 PM #13
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 www.longislandcashhomebuyer.com - Massapequa, NY

Thank you Roy, Eileen, Laura and Carole for stoppling by and taking the time to leave a comment...

For the record I never said that we were alone... I did say that the FIRE comes before the need for help...

Happy Day and may the Force be with you!

Aug 02, 2012 04:56 AM #14
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