I just finished watching one of my all-time favorite movies.
Sports lends itself well to stories of overcoming the odds and triumphing over adversity. There’ve been many good ones over the years, many of them based on true stories. Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, Cinderella Man, We are Marshall, to name a few.
But the poignant message of the “5 foot nothin’, 100 and nothin'” kid “with hardly a speck of athletic ability” that played on the scout team of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for two years on nothing more than guts and pure desire is inspiring to me.
And how hard he had to work just to get the chance to be there.
It’s just a story that never gets old.
You don’t have to score the winning touchdown, or pitch the no-hitter. You don’t have to be the star of the team or make it into the big leagues to be successful.
All you have to do is your best.
How many of us actually live up to that challenge on a daily basis?
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.”
-Edward Everett Hale