IntegrityThroughout my life I have known many people who have inspired me.  I have met people who have taught me that no matter what you can push through any adversity with good old fashion determination.  Yet I have been at a point where I don’t seem to be able to succeed even with the best intention.  I’m not just talking about career.  I’m talking about questioning when, even after hard work, focus and drive, life throws that proverbial wrench in the mix.

This week I have witnessed integrity on a different level.  I have been to the Olympic games before and seen people’s dreams dashed in a split second after many years of hard work.  And four years later I see them again and I am amazed they have the same determination and drive as before.  Some of them know what their dream is at such a young age and are brimming with a self confidence I wish I had now!

There are also those who are working to bring all of that to life in this broad, social media world.  Regardless of the time or how they feel or what malady they have encountered, they are here to show us the integrity of many.  Even with all of the doubts and fears I had of coming here I am so glad I did.  Because to witness first hand not just what the athletes do but what everyone else does to make it happen reminds me of what can be produced at all odds. It’s not that I haven’t experienced this before.  It’s just now I am trying to   appreciate even more what I have taken for granted in the past.

I know that this is not the only place in the world where this is happening.  There are people everywhere  fighting for their freedom and their lives. I am not making light of their situations. But I believe their integrity is born from the same determination to find victory.  In however that form is, the deep seeded integrity grows out of knowing there is something else better and worth striving for in this world.

And in that spirit I am trying to be more conscious of my integrity.