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The Olympics and Motivation: How To Find Your Own Greatness

Updated on October 7, 2014

Achieving the American Dream

Elvis Presley in 1954. 35th Annual Elvis Week: August 10 - August 18, 2012. Festival site at http://www.elvis.com/elvisweekonline/.
Elvis Presley in 1954. 35th Annual Elvis Week: August 10 - August 18, 2012. Festival site at http://www.elvis.com/elvisweekonline/. | Source

The Olympics and the Human Spirit

Every two years the peoples of the world unite to celebrate the Summer Olympic Games. The Olympiad occurs near the time of the American Festival known as Elvis Week, commemorating the spirit and legacy of a poor boy that made it big in the USA.

Like Elvis Presley in America, the youth of the nations of the Earth have a chance to be seen and to accomplish what seems impossible in their athletic endeavors. Many poor young people - skater Oksana Baiyul for instance - gained recognition and a career through the Olympic Games.

Entering the Olympics is a way of displaying the human spirit in its aspects of courage and determination. No matter what anyone says to or about them to discourage them, these athletes are awesome.

Remember Eddie Smith from the UK several Olympiads ago, who had no snow in his part of the Uk and pracrticed downhill skiing on grass. He came in dead last in his competition on snow and ice, but to a standing ovation from specators and ahtletes alike. He is a hero.

The young man from my home state of Ohio, presented in a video below, is also a hero. Inspired by the Summer Olympics 2012, he and his mom both began exercising. People degraded him and sent him horrible comments, but he continued training.

Besides the Olympics, we have Olympiads for nearly everyone - Special Olympics, Senior Olympics, and Paralympics for our Wounded Warriors and injured individuals. In 2012, the Paralympic Games became as popular as the Olympics for the first time.

No matter who you are, you can accomplish something great. You may know someone else that has a seed of greatness waiting for an encouraging word. Be that Word.

Writing H.O.W. For Hope

Working up the nerve to write and publish an article on the Internet for millions of eyes to critique is similar to a 15-year-old's first Olympic event - thrills, questions, taunts, and wonder.

For some, it's harder to write; for some it's harder to run. I watched Oscar Pistorius running the 4 x 400m relay on his carbon fibre Cheetah Legs in 2012 and to me, in a long camera shot, it looked like he had wheels. We all can do something.

You may want to join the H.O.W. group and write about ways to change the world right where we are.

Artistic logo first used in the 1920 Antwerp, Beglium Summer Games.
Artistic logo first used in the 1920 Antwerp, Beglium Summer Games. | Source

One Youth Changing the World In Ohio

Below, this is Nathan Sorrell of London OH, about 30 miles west of me, who made a Nike ad for the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

A Quote From Nathan Sorrell

Nathan Sorrell in the video displayed above and Nike began receiving hate mail from this ad.

Some of it said the ad was exploitative; other messages criticized Nathan for even trying to exercise; but Nathan said he had so much fun doing it that he ignored the difficulty of running through take after take of the filming.

At one point, he said, he had run so much that he vomited and ended up in a ditch, but he was not going to quit. Here's a quote about the haters:

“That just motivates me more because I want to get on my feet and do extra time for those people who have enough time to be able to sit there and write mean comments on the Internet, when they could be doing something like I am.”

Right you are, Nathan.

After filming had ended, Nathan and his mom both began exercising more regularly and adopting additional elements of a healthy lifestyle. He would like to make another film like this one after he has reached his major fitness goals.

Do You Think I'm Able?

Sing a Song, Change the World

It's difficult to accept that 2012's Elvis Festival Week commemorated the 35th anniversary of The King's death on August 16. I was much younger than Elvis Presley when he died, but was shaken up by the news,even though I had not listened to his music very much.

Thousands of people traveled to Graceland in 2012, lining up outside the night before the larget tribute celebration of the week. Priscilla and Lisa Marie were both their and plenty of tear were shed.

Elvis Presley was a man from a poor town that made a difference in American culture, a man remembered 35 years after his passing as if he were still on stage performing. He may be even more popular now.

Only recently did I learn that Elvis was my relative - a distant cousin. When a new friend I met a decade ago revealed that he was an Elvis Tribute Artist who entertained in hospitals, I began to listen to my cousin's music. Sadly, my friend died on August 17, 2011, during Elvis Week.

Now I have two Elvises to remember.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That makes me feel like running, too! Thanks for commenting and kind words, donnaisabella.

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      Isabella Mukanda-Shamambo 

      4 years ago from Fort Myers

      Thanks Patty for a very encouraging hub. I feel blessed and ready to run just one more mile, may be more.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for visiting, Stars! There are still rumors that he is alive and one man came forward to claim that he IS Elvis. He looks a lot like Elvis might look today, but I think he is related to the family, rather than being Elvis himself.

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      stars439 

      5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub. When he passed , the world seemed a little empty. His death was a heartbreak we never got over. He seemed like just a wonderful person in so many ways. Becky has his music along with other great singing artists on her disks. We cherish you dear Heart. GBY.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That is weighty advice! It might help end some of the negativity in the world.

    • haikutwinkle profile image

      haikutwinkle 

      5 years ago

      What you said is very true.... keep trying regardless of others opinions.

      Here's a similar quote from 'The Four Agreements' by Miguel Ruiz.

      - Don’t Take Anything Personally -

      Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

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      manofmystery24 

      5 years ago

      You as well Patty Inglish!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      May you have a remarkable New Year!

    • manofmystery24 profile image

      manofmystery24 

      5 years ago

      There's an infinite source of supply in our universe. Nature knows no limits. We were all meant to succeed in some way. If there are limits, it's because we've created them for ourselves. Voted up and shared!

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      idigwebsites 

      5 years ago from United States

      Very motivating and inspiring hub... just right as the new year approaches. Voted up and awesome. :)

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      Love this hub. I have always loved Elvis. Nathan, what a great kid to bad people can be so cruel. Sorry about your friend. Voted up and shared.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I like that song very much as well. My friend used to song it.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      Awesome hub, inspirational too. Love the song you were always on my mind.

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      breakfastpop 

      5 years ago

      Thank you patty and Merry Christmas to you!!!!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi breakfastpop! Merry Christmas!

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      breakfastpop 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the inspiration. I needed just this kind of message.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for reading and spreading the good word!

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      rodney southern 

      5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Very Cool. I agree that it is very inspiring to say the least. Excellent!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      tillontitan - I gained new respect for Nike when they and Nathan stood up to the hate mail. I hope Nathan appears in additional public service adds and Nike ads.

      I do wish I'd known about Elvis being a relative about four decades sooner...hope he'd be pleased that he is still an inspiration to people.

      Cardisa - Welcome aboard! Your H.O.W. Hubs will be most useful.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Wow Patty, I have been seeing this H.O.W. thing all over HP but thought it was a trend thing, had no idea it was a humanitarian movement. Thanks. I just joined the group on FB and came back to comment. Really, really inspiring. Off to read Billy's hub.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      I sit here with tears in my eyes and cheering at the same time. I applaud not only Nathan for his courage and determination but Nike for not bowing to the whims of the selfish and ridiculous!

      Of course I'm a big, big Elvis fan! From his appearance on Ed Sullivan and Love Me Tender, till the day he died, I thought he was the best! Just as this hub is one of the best, paying tribute to two people and one company that can help inspire us.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

      Glad to see you in the H.O.W. Movement Patty!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I hope it helps someone - Nathan is still exercising!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very inspiring, Patty; a great message here, and it fits perfectly with the H.O.W. movement. Thank you so much for writing this wonderful piece.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you for responding to this Hub, CrisSp. We all have abililties, don't we?

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is an awesome hub, very inspirational and motivational with a touch of history and other valuable lessons in life.

      Thank you. Up and absolutely sharing the goodness!

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