Today we awake to the news that “Lance Armstrong finally quits.” He’s been battling allegations of misuse of drugs for performance for a while and one reporter even states, “In the end Armstrong quits, and by quitting, he admits his guilt.”
Whether that’s true or not, I’m sure we’ll never know – we can only speculate. Perhaps he was just.plain.tired. of fighting this losing battle.
Lance was one of those who went through major stuff and his message was basically. “Don’t let anything get in your way. You can make it through anything, if you persevere and have determination.” Another writer states this about him:
Lance beat everything that came his way. He didn’t relent. If there was a fight to still fight, he would have fought it. Now we’re burned by another fraud masquerading as a hero.
In a matter of months we have learned that college football’s winningest coach enabled a pedophile, the MVP of baseball’s All-Star Game used testosterone and cycling’s biggest star chose to no longer hold back the mountain of doping allegations against him. It’s a sad few weeks when Joe Paterno’s statue goes into storage and Melky Cabrera disappears from the pennant race and Lance Armstrong says “no mas.” Suddenly, nothing seems sacred anymore.
Each brought hope and joy to a lot of people’s worlds. Paterno inspired generations of football players to be better men. Cabrera gave San Francisco four wonderful months of baseball, and Armstrong made millions believe they could do anything.
Seriously? Nothing is sacred anymore because our heroes fall? What a crock!
Listen, all are created equal when it comes to temptation. We are all tempted in one aspect or another – throughout our lifetime. And no one is immune. Perhaps we place these folks on too high a pedestal – and then when they screw up we’re like, “See there! I knew it.”
Don’t be one of those waiting for others to fail just to prove your theory.
The thing is, whether someone walks a chalk line, doesn’t give into the temptation buzzing around them, or whether they take the bait and fall flat on their face – THE MESSAGE IS STILL THE SAME. The message of hope, of perseverance, of fighting till the finish, of beating cancer till the death, – doesn’t change. It doesn’t change just because someone failed.
It’s just like religion.
Just because you have extremists, and all kinds of people who are cray-cray, it doesn’t change the message. It may affect the organization or the team, but it doesn’t change the message. I cannot stress that enough.
Put your trust in people and there’s a chance they may fail. We take that risk when we put our trust out there. But we don’t pack our bags and say, “I’m never watching sports again because someone’s going to ruin it for me. They’re going to screw up.”
No! We keep on keepin’ on and we hope that someone will have the balls to walk the talk.
There’s still hope that you or your loved one will fight cancer and win. My dad did. There’s still truth that you can fulfill life-long dreams. We see this everyday, in everyday people around us.
We don’t quit, just because someone else did.
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