Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I was born to do this...

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, 
but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."
~Bruce Lee 

The Olympics are dominating our television set,
and at times, it's hard to pull ourselves away.
We find ourselves glued to the action.
The behind the scenes. The back stories.
The triumphs. The disappointments.
Michael Phelps. Ryan Lochte.
Missy Franklin. Lolo Jones.
The list goes on...

There's a unification that occurs during these events...
For a moment in time, 
people of different gender, race, creed, 
and political views come together
not to "offer" their opinions on every topic under the sun, or debate them,
but to cheer on our fellow countrymen (& women) as they strive for excellence.
To be the best in the world.

There is something that stirs in our hearts as we watch these athletes 
pushing themselves, their will, their determination, their bodies to the very limit.
The focus. The dedication. The caliber. The commitment it takes to get to this platform is undeniably inspirational.

I think there's something inside of all of us that desires to put ourselves to the test. 
To reach for the stars. To rise to the occasion. To bring people together.
To hone in on our talents, and shine.

What are you impassioned about? 
What makes you come alive?
What awakens your inner man?
Do you write? Write! Do you create? Create! Do you build? Build!
Repeat after me...I am not afraid...I was born to do this.
Now....do it! 
Then do it again. And again...and again...
(repeat 10,000 times)

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."
~ M. Williamson

Keep Shining Sweet Bellas!


  1. This is such an inspiring post, Bella! Sometimes we need a good dose of determination and a reminder that with God, all things are possible. Trusting Him and seeking His guidance to lead me on the path He has called me to. xoxo

  2. Dearest Jamie, what a beautiful and inspirational post. You always inspire me to want to reach higher, be better, live closer to God, you ARE an extraordinary woman!

  3. I have been amazed at the stories of discipline and perseverance that I've seen during the Olympics and have wished more than once that a higher dose of those traits had been given to me because they sure don't come naturally. Your words are inspirational (as usual).

  4. A perfect lesson for all of us. I've been catching glimpses of the games and I always walk away with a smile, just seeing them lay it all out there is inspiring. You were born to do this too, inspiring others is a gift that should be shared. Been thinking about you and the kids.

  5. I love this post, it resonates with my heart. Thank you for being authentic and posting it!

  6. I absolutely LOVE that quote at the end! I haven't seen it before! Amazing! And so true about the Olympics... they are on right now as I cheer for multiple countries. :)

  7. Once again, I'm reminded to dig deep and find the truest parts of my self. Thank you for being an inspiration to me. You are a dear blessing.

  8. I so needed this today. Thank you!

  9. I agree with the others - this is an inspiring post. Great quotes!! I may "borrow" one of them. My family is really into the Olympics. I find Oscar Pistorius particularly inspiring - a double amputee running the 400! Amazing. Good post.

  10. Hey friend, you haven't updated in a while... just checking in to make sure all is okay!



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