Friday, August 08, 2008

Go World!

I'm watching the Opening Ceremonies for the 2008 Summer Olympics, and I'm overwhelmed, as I am every time this comes around, by the beauty of the whole thing. Sara commented, "This is so amazing! There is nothing else like this in the world."

True, isn't it? For me, the Olympics represent a wonderful hope for peace and a spirit of unity as sisters and brothers from countries that span the planet gather to celebrate what's best about humanity. Some will leave with medals and others without, but what matters most is not who wins the Gold, the Silver, or the Bronze, but rather the ideals of peace and harmony and the realization that there is a oneness that runs so much deeper than any differences in language, dress, color, religion, or culture.

Have you seen the Visa commercials? I wish they weren't for Visa, but the message is wonderful. In the voice of Morgan Freeman (ironically, recovering right now from a serious car accident): “There are six billion of us. We all come from unique places, with unique ways of looking at the world. We don’t always agree but for a few shining weeks we set it all aside. We come together to stand and cheer and celebrate as one. We forget all the things that make us different and remember all the things that make us the same. GO WORLD."

Go World. That will be my prayer during the days ahead, and long after the 2008 Summer Olympics have come and gone.


greg milinovich said...

amen. even as i continue to be blessed and inspired by the athletic ability and achievements of the olympians, i am also moved by the connectedness of this crazy planet.

and, to be honest, when morgan freeman talks, i listen. when he says that the world can put aside its differences, i believe him. i don't know why, but there is Spirit in that man's voice for me.

go world!

Questing Parson said...

Isn't is amazing that the Olympics have the power to make us, at least for a couple of weeks, think of ourselves as one?

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