The Stage Is Set - Barcelona '92 Olympics
In 1992 the Olympics were held in Barcelona. Derek Anthony Redmond, a British athlete was set to win a medal in the 400m track event. He had reached the semi-finals and was looking good.
He was 27 years old in Barcelona and he had broken the British record for the 400m at the age of twenty with a time of 44.82 secs. His record was broken two years later in 1987but he reclaimed the record with a time of 44.50 secs which nobody would break for another five years.
That record would be broken in 1992 but by only just 0.03 of a second.
Plagued With Injury But Never Giving Up
Derek was, however, an athlete plagued with injury during his running career and had undergone a series of operations before the 1992 Olympics.
He ran the fastest time for the opening round and won his quarter final. He didn't know it at the time but he was going to be remembered for something far more profound than winning a medal and the memory of what happened lives on in the hearts of everyone who witnessed what happened that day.
Becoming A Witness To Something Special
Sometimes things happen to remind us of something very important , something we all too frequently forget in our race through life.
So In the video that follows I wish to share with you a very special incident so you too will become a witness to that very special something that makes us who we truly are.
The Derek Redmond Incident
Don't Skip The Video
If you haven't watched the video then this article loses its impact so I urge you to go back and watch the video.
We Are Not Alone
The incident is one of the most well remembered moments and has featured in Visa and Nike commercials because of how powerful its message is.
I wrote this article to illustrate the power of love and how important relationship is. What happened that day on the 400m track is nothing short of beautiful and a testament to love that is the basis for everything.
We are not alone and at those very times when we feel crushed there is a force that is right there beside us. When we are ready to acknowledge that there is another way of perceiving than by ego then this force will reveal itself but until that day it will not interfere with our choices.
Below is a poem given to me when I was a very young man and which has been a great source of inspiration to me throughout my life.