Overcoming limitations – what can we learn from the Paralympians?

In my most recent blog on the Huffington Post UK – called Paralympians Point the Way to All of US Overcoming Limitations – I celebrate the way these athletes face and overcome difficulties and ask what we can learn from that. Here is an excerpt from the article.

This is the Orbit Tower from which the flame was carried on a zip wire to the Olympic Stadium 115 m below by amputee Royal Marine Joe Townsend, at the climax of the opening ceremony. (Photo by Tony Lobl)

Before and after the impressive parade of athletes – every bit as effervescent as the OIympians four weeks earlier – the renowned theoretical physicist and best-selling author of A Brief History of Time led us through what could be called “a brief history of the enlightenment”.

And, thankfully, we do indeed live in a more enlightened age – even though much remains to be done – as the sell-out success of the London Paralympics suggests. The hope is that the 2012 games can be a watershed moment for public perceptions of disability as the athletes show off their character as well as their skills.

And just like Olympians, the Paralympians attribute their “can do” spirit to different influences – from parents to peers, from favourite philosophies to physical regimes.

World-record breaking “elite wheelchair racer” Anjali Forber-Pratt cites all the above but also sees her “innate drive” to excel in athletics, academics and mentoring, as “one of God’s gifts”…

(Read more.)

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Categories: Spirituality and Society

Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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One Comment on “Overcoming limitations – what can we learn from the Paralympians?”

  1. Sandi
    September 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    One certainly sees the fruits of devoting thought to an honest achievement in Anjali’s accomplishments. Her understanding of innate self-worth and willingness to be her best sets a great example for us all.

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