The past couple weeks I have been in the company of several of our Special Olympics athletes, who have given short speeches about their lives.  I continue to be absolutely amazed at the courage they have to stand in front of audiences and share their stories. Ryan Speech 009

Most of their speeches aren’t “polished” making them very real.  Sometimes the athletes will mispronounce a word or lose their place on the paper.  Some even come to a complete stop – seemingly not quite sure how to start again.  It is during these times I pay close attention to the audience.  Here’s what I observe.

Struggle is a good thing.  It gives what ever the person is struggling with – a chance.  As the saying goes, if there is no struggle there is no progress.  I like watching people watch our athletes struggle because before they know it – they are rooting for them – and we all know when people root for other people – good things happen in the end.

Don’t be afraid to share your struggles.

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