Wilma Rudolph was once told that she would never walk again. Born prematurely on June 23, 1940, in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee, the 20th of 22 children born to dad Ed across his two marriages. Stricken with double pneumonia, scarlet fever and polio as a child, she had problems with her left leg and had to wear a brace. It was with great determination and the help of physical therapy that she was able to overcome her disabilities. In 1960, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics.
The indomitable spirit enables us to tackle the impossible and never give up. People who never give up inspire others and we all need this from time to time, especially when the answers you thought you found don’t work anymore. Without courage and perseverance, hope fades away and life becomes meaningless. And would one achievement mean as much without the contrast of the effort it took to get there?
We can use our problem-solving abilities to live in harmony, not only employing our mind power but also applying our acceptance, forgiveness and compassion. It is our responsibility not only to take care of the earth but also of each other. Some Samaritans appear in the news and are widely applauded; many more make a meaningful impact without recognition. Wonder, an important aspect of human nature, thrives in a free society of individuals. It has been linked with curiosity and the drive behind intellectual exploration.
You persevere to attain a greater good punctuated by periods of relaxation, incubation, expectation and rejuvenation. When you realize that what you do does make a difference, you become more mindful in choosing the difference you want to make. And Wilma Rudolph summed it up nicely: “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: the potential for greatness lies within each of us.”