Do you ever have one of those days when you want to give up? You want to throw in the towel and say, “Enough is enough. I give up. I just want the world to stop and I want to get off. I just don’t feel like fighting any more. I’ve had it. I give up.” I was having one of those days when I happened to see a story about the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. Jimmy Valvano, basketball coach at North Carolina State University, was in a battle with adenocarcinoma (cancer). In a speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards ceremony and before a nationwide television audience, he brought a howling teary-eyed Madison Square Garden audience to its feet. He closed his speech by imploring, ”Never, never, never, never give up!” Jimmy V died two months later, fighting to the very end. Each year the Jimmu V Award is given to a member of the sports world who has refused to give up and has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination. I read through the list of award winners, one courageous person after another. It humbled me to read what human beings do to keep fighting and refusing to give up. It changed my attitude about wanting to give up. I was inspired to keep fighting. I was reminded that there’s something within each of us, a God-given strength, that we can draw upon in the face of obstacles. If we listen carefully to what the “strength” within us whispers, it says, “Never, never, never, never give up.”
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I needed this boost of fresh perspective today-thank you! xx
Thank you. It was meant to be a boost. I hope it did just that for you.