Monday, August 22, 2016

Dear World: Thanks for 2 Weeks of Humanity

Last night the Rio 2016 Olympics came to an end but we can only hope that the spirit of the games continues forward.  

For two weeks the world’s top athletes came together in sport and displayed heroic feats that motivated millions. As athletes they inspired us to believe in our own talents, work hard, and always strive for personal greatness. As people, they united on common ground and displayed incredible sportsmanship, supporting opponents as they would countrymen and connecting as brothers and sisters.

For two weeks delegates from every corner of the globe came together in harmony to compete in sport for the honor of representing their country as the best of the best on the world’s largest platform.

For two weeks positive and uplifting stories of the world’s athletes spread across social media sharing the many personal struggles faced on the Road to Rio and inspiring us to believe that dreams – no matter how big – can certainly come true when we are committed to our goals.

For two weeks we were given front row seats to pure passion, dedication, love, hard work, grit, tears of joy, tears of defeat, respect, loyalty, reverence, sacrifice, struggle, celebration, honor, brother/sisterhood, culture, friendship, peace, and HUMANITY.

Nothing is perfect and there were certainly a few glitches but it really seemed like the people of planet Earth are on the right path to celebrating what we have in common with others rather than bickering over differences.

Yes, the Olympic Games are based on sport and competition but the spirit of the games far surpasses the playing field.

Did you see…

Gymnasts Lee Eun-ju (South Korea) and Hong Un-jong (North Korea) take a selfie together


Runners Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) and Abbey D’Agostino (USA) collide during the women’s 5000-meter then physically help each up and encourage the other, despite injuries, to finish the race because “This is the Olympic Games.” Both runners were later awarded the rare Pierre de Coubertin medal for sportsmanship and fair play, which has only been given 17 times


Medal winners and non-medal winners embracing and celebrating at the finish line because they respected each other’s journey and knew what it took to reach the goal


People from around the world showing love and support for the newly created Olympic Refugee Team


For two weeks we’ve welcomed these ambassadors of goodwill into our hearts and homes and journeyed along with them. We’ve shared their stories, retweeted pictures, and cheered wildly or raised a hand heart from afar to show we care.

For two weeks the world has seen the true spirit of the Olympic Games and hopefully it serves as a reminder of what it means to be human.

It doesn’t take much to see the good in someone else and show them kindness regardless of where they’re from, religious choice, or sexual orientation.

It doesn’t take much to lift others from the ground or help them from struggling.

It doesn’t take much to be happy for others and share their successes.

It doesn’t take much to show kindness, love, and support for those less fortunate.

These acts are seemingly small and insignificant in and of themselves but they can mean the world to someone else. It’s these small acts that showcase the best of the best in people. We may not all be Olympic athletes but we can all be inspired by their example and continue the spirit of the games in our daily lives. You don’t have to be an Olympian to be great.

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way" – Napoleon Hill

Thanks again for 2 weeks of humanity. Now let’s join together and continue the momentum forward. Consider this my promise to do my part. How about you?

Rich Perry