Posted in Gratitude, Thank You

Thank You–Gratitude-3–Sports

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Sports in Life

 

For those of you who take no special joy, or pleasure, in the world of sports, this gratitude to you may seem shallow. For me, however, one who finds much microcosm comparison in sports to life, I’m always thankful when we have sports figures who rise to lead by example and strength of character.

In that light, I’m thankful to have had the privilege to participate, at whatever distance, in the lives of two great sports figures, Muhammad Ali, three-time heavyweight boxing champion, and LeBron James, basketball player extraordinaire. The two topped June news lines in 2016 and reopened conversations about “greatness in sports”, “giving back”, “being role models”, and numerous other thoughts on life.

Both achieved greatness in their chosen careers, both gave back extraordinarily, both suffered setbacks of enormous challenges, both persevered. Both have spoken volumes to us on living life the right way.

Since attacked by Parkinson’s Disease in 1984, Ali fought on, bringing awareness to that disease, as well as continuing to  fight the disease of racism. He has found his deserved final rest.

After feeling two years of pressure cooker anticipation in the city of Cleveland, James has reached the top of the mountain he promised Cleveland he would climb with them upon his return to that city. He and the Cleveland Cavaliers won the city’s first ever NBA championship.

I’m grateful, as a normal human being, to have lived in their time and to have witnessed their individual greatness in the sports arena and in the sport of life.

 

*****Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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Since I first touched a pencil to paper, I've been writing. Where that passion has taken me as I lived life is explored in my Primary blog, http://www.mywritinglifexposed.wordpress.com . I love animals, including race horses, about whom I have written much, and I've always had a dog in my life. Shouldn't animals have their say? In my Second Primary blog, http://www.horsesandanimalsaretalkin.wordpress.com , I give them a chance to speak. In the Composite blog http://www.nearthefinishline.wordpress.com , I explore my life's journey and observations. Other interests -- poetry, sports, photography, thankfulness, story ideas, self-publishing, story art, fiction, and more -- get their due in my other (17) blogs. I'm from a rural community in Ohio, lived nine years in Vermont, then returned to my native Henry County in 1980. I've worked for various local newspapers and attended classes in writing over the years before retiring to free-lancing in 2008. It was after my migration back to Ohio that I began BAT Publishing in earnest. It is strictly a self-publishing enterprise in that I publish my own works -- novels, novelettes, short stories with my Roughcraft Art -- in my own softcover, or loose-leaf notebook, designs. My photos and artwork are also incorporated in the books. Prior to this endeavor, I produced a periodic story booklet for young writers only entitled "Connections". Its success sparked my interest in self-publishing my own titles.

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