From The Scarlet Pepper: A White House Gardener Mystery by Dorothy St. James
For the past couple of weeks the attention of the world has been turned toward London and the 30th Summer Olympics. I might not know anything about sports, my life has revolved around my Mama's garden, but even I have been sitting on the edge of my seat watching the athletes in their quest for gold with rapt attention.
What is its about the Olympics that can make even someone (like me) who feels nothing but indifference about sports park herself in front of the TV for days on end? Especially when there are weeds growing, well, like weeds in the garden.
I mulled this over while watching the team synchronized swimming finals yesterday. (Canada's show blew me away!) And I think the answer is, the Olympics are a snapshot of what we want in our own lives.
The athletes gather from all around the world with a common goal--to do their best. Some go home with a medal. Some go home with broken bodies and broken hearts. But all go home knowing that they'd given their best.
So now that the Olympics is drawing to a close, you can find me out in the garden again. But things won't be the same. I'm going to carry that Olympic spirit in my heart. You'd better believe I will! And my garden will bloom brighter because of it because you don't have to be a world-class athlete to accomplish world-class feats. You can be a mother. An office worker. Or even a backyard gardener.
To quote Winston Churchill, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
What is your everyday Olympic event?
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