Today the Winter Olympics begin. Let's please keep in our thoughts and prayers the safety of all those embarking upon Sochi, Russia. The Olympic Charter states: "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." That is what I pray for. That the rights of each athlete and each visitor are respected with a spirit of friendship and love.
We must remember at the end of the day we are all from the same tree; the tree of the Creator. Whether athletes and visitors believe it or not, beneath our country of citizenship, our ethnicity, our religious beliefs and our cultural norms: WE ARE ALL THE SAME. How we think and feel regarding certain issues is what we have been taught. We can unlearn beliefs that keep us separated from each other. We can rethink the fears that widen the space between us. We can remove from our thoughts what we know isn't true when it comes to judging others collectively. We, as the Olympian Charter states should have a spirit that doesn't allow discrimination of any kind.
With that said, let's cheer our countries to victory. To my readers who circle the globe, I wish your country well and hope those who are representing your country make you proud. As an American I wish the same for the athletes representing my country. So, for us all, keep the Olympic Charter in mind that the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play be evident throughout the games.
For you history buffs, enjoy this video on the history of the Olympic Winter Games!
Until the next time,