I watched a movie through the mid night today and I was moved at the amazing story. The movie is titled ‘Facing the Giants’. I must confess it is easy to run away from giants than to face them. The good news is that when we face them is when victory could be ascertained but when we run away, we are a dead meat. In the movie, there was a coach of a football team who struggled all the way in his coaching career but was just faced with moments of fear, failure and rejection but he just was never ready to give up. He was going all the way and knew there would be a change someday. He used to have an old car, a failing team, no baby between him and his wife, failing relationships with those who used to back and support him in the past and everything was just not working.
A day came when he decided to stop running away from his giants but in faith and strong belief; face them, he started winning games, his career became one of a cynosure to all eyes, his wife became pregnant after the doctor had declared them hopeless (with a 10%) chance of a baby, he got a new car he never knew who bought it (he got to his car one day after work and he never saw the old one and only met a brand new truck with a little note on it saying it is his, with a receipt and car details in his own name. He was astonished and was crying for almost five minutes and was going around the car and couldn’t enter it. His football team went on to win the state championship that year – a place where all they’ve been doing in the past year was just to admire it. It was indeed a turning around.
Perhaps you have lost hope in that situation of your life; perhaps it seem as if no matter what you do, there is no way out; perhaps the pressure mounted on you is like killing you, perhaps you don’t know what else to do; peradventure things are just not going your way in all ramifications on life: My news to you is that it’s a new season. The old is gone with last year. Face your giants today. No one runs away from his giant and won the battle, no such person exists. We must learn to face our giants. If you are a student and all you get is average score all the time, its time to face your giant with courage and faith that you can make it this time. Why? Because it’s a new dawn, a new season, a new year!
Many have become dead at a bend thinking its an end; many have given up on the track thinking there are many more laps to go whereas it’s the last lap; many have fallen on the way side only to realize that its just remaining a little more. I read of the story of a great swimmer – a record breaker I think – who went to the North Pole to do one of her record breaking swim and had lots of people watching her. It was cold and the sight of everything pointed at impossibility. She trusted her ability and she dived in to start the record breaking swim that would spur her career to heights yet unattained for her. Her mother was in the boat that was just right beside her.
She was about swimming across the whole sea when she gave up and shouted “pull me out”. Her mother said to her, it’s just barely some meters away. She said, “I can’t take it any longer, at least I have broken the record up to this point – no one has ever done it to this point before”. Her mother answered, “You could as well finish it my daughter - it’s just barely some meters away. She couldn’t see because she had her head in the water and the sight of everything was while and almost snowy. Her request was granted and she was pulled out of the cold sea. When she got out, she shouted in disappointment, what remained for her to finish was just about 20meters away. Her mother was like “I told you”. Three years later, she went to the same place and swam the sea wide; this time, no stopping. Its not that she had something she never had the first time when she couldn’t do it but because she couldn’t face her fears.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity but from indomitable will” - Mohandas Gandhi.
Dear reader, it’s a new season, a new day, a new dawn, a new year! You can make it. Try again, don’t stop trying. It’s just barely some meters away; it’s not an end but a bend; its not 10laps more to get the gold but the last lap; it is not over yet; “There is nothing against you to fall down flat, but to lie there – that’s disgrace” – Edmund Cooke. Get up, for the fight; prepare for the run… “In a golf game, when you fail to hit the ball, its called ‘practice’” – Billi Lim. That’s my piece for you for this New Year day. I like the Nike slang “JUST DO IT”.
- Le dynamique professeur