Sunday, 3 August 2014

On Another Level

For me, the highlight of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow had to be the 4x100 metres relay final.  In the final leg, England was slightly ahead, but the moment Usain Bolt was given the baton, he shot off like the lightning bolt that he is; and was streaks ahead of the other athletes winning the gold for Jamaica.

I believe the reason why Usain Bolt is on another level to other athletes is because of the fun element to his character.  Before the 4 x 100 race started, while the other athletes were doing their warm-up exercises and looking serious, Usain was dancing to the music in the background which delighted the audience.  The energy in the stadium was electric.

I believe when you are having fun, you are expressing Joy which is on a completely different frequency to that of effort and hard work. In fact, Joy makes things easy and magical.  

I'm reminded of a scene in the movie, Mary Poppins, where the nanny Mary Poppins is teaching the kids she's looking after about looking for fun in everything you do, which makes the task easy and magical:
In every job that must be done
There is an element of fun
you find the fun and snap!
The job's a game
And every task you undertake
Becomes a piece of cake
A lark! A spree!
It's very clear to see
That a...
Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go dow-own
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way

I believe Usain Bolt is on another level because he doesn't operate on the realm of mere mortals but that of Joy.  Where there is Joy there is infinite Wonder!

Thank you, Usain Bolt, for making athletics fun.  We love you!


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