Doing the impossible

Zig Ziglar_When you encourage othersOn Saturday, I did something that was impossible… or so I had once thought. Two years ago, I literally couldn’t walk to the corner shop. If I did, it was in excruciating pain and required walking poles for support. Two knee replacements later, and with diligent physical rehabilitation, I completed my first triathlon.

For me, the most inspiring thing about Saturday’s #ubctriathlon was the participants themselves — and how each in their own way supported other participants.

There were folks like me – at their first event, some with a goal of just being there and hopefully finishing. As folks in my heat saw each other along the course, they raised a “thumbs up” or “high five” of encouragement, and smiled in recognition of a fellow journeyer. And my husband – who walked and rode beside me the whole way – knew just when I needed motivation to crest a tough hill, or when I needed to hear that I could make it to the finish line.

The elite participants were the most vocal in their support (clearly much more fit than us first-timers who at times could barely grunt!!!). As they ran by – or swished by (those elite athletes have amazing bikes with a very distinctive sound!) – almost every one shouted out words of encouragement and praise: Good job! You’re doing it! Keep up the good work! You’re almost there!

No competition — just camaraderie, support and encouragement. That is what “holding the light” means to me.

How great it would be to have a simple word of encouragement every day….. And how great it would be to do that for others.

How do you hold the light for others in your life?



  1. Della Ratcliffe · March 9, 2015

    And thank you! I may have to edit this post – or write another – referencing how the meaning of “competition” has changed from its original roots. This is creating a huge paradigm shift for me too!

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  2. marlowpurvesnet · March 9, 2015

    Della this is a beautiful affirmation of our shared journey. The word competition is derived from ‘com’ with means “together with” and ‘petition’ which means “a supplication or prayer, especially to a deity,” Joining together indeed!

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