INSPIRATION AND FOOLISHNESS
After watching a TV show this afternoon about the Para-Olympics in Bejing, I feel both inspired and foolish. The inspiration comes from watching these valiant athletes overcome their adversities to become champions of a rare kind. They braved the curious looks of others and their own insistent doubts to rise to the level of conquering heroes.My feeling of foolishness stems from reflecting on my own petty concerns -- I who am blessed with a million gifts but often can only see as far as the next thing I can buy or the next compliment I can receive. I have been fortunate beyond reason, and yet I usually am more interested in moaning over my misfortunes than in thanking the universe for setting me down in paradise each day. These intrepid athletes put me to shame.