Cool Runnings is a movie I watched with my three boys when they were all under the age of ten. Now they are young men making their way in the world. I wonder if they remember. To revisit Cool Runnings again after all these years was a nostalgic delight. It is about a Jamaican bob sled team who trains in hopes of winning Olympic gold. They overcame countless obstacles in their pursuit. In the the movie I found a treasure relating to my Master Key Experience that I had not anticipated.
It was the name of the movie, which is same name the Jamaican team gave to their bob sled, Cool Runnings. The Jamaican definition of Cool Runnings is ‘Peace Be the Journey.’ I love that so much, not only because it is a salutation used by Mark J., but because it says so much in so few words.
We all have a journey. Most are riddled with complications, set backs, and obstacles. We make goals for ourselves and along the way, detours pop up and often change our direction. I am in the process of learning that obstacles are only obstacles if we allow them to be. We can choose for them to be a powerful tool, something to push us in the right direction, something to light a fire in our soul. Often times they force us to step outside of our comfort zone and face our fears. I look back now and realize what an absolute blessing some of the adversities in my life have been.
I have experienced hardships leaving me feeling totally lost and alone. A lot of us have. I dug down very deep to finally lift myself up, only to discover my life had become so much brighter because of the tribulations I had endured and conquered. They brought with them a window of opportunity I never would have opened had they not appeared.
I know set backs can lead to great things. The hard part is applying that knowledge at the moment of crisis and distress. That is what I am working on. I must learn to respond positively to a difficult situation the very moment it hits me. If I do, it will lead me out of the darkness with much faster momentum.
“I greet this day with love in my heart.” When I utter those words by Og Mandino, I already know my day will be better no matter what confronts me. When a challenge arises, I must be patient with myself and stay calm. I sit in silence, take a deep breath and take a moment to go inward to ask for direction. I let all the stress melt away and let peace fill my heart. I am patient. I listen. You can call it meditating or prayer, but this is where I begin. This is the lesson I carry with me now.
To the three young men in my life, my sons, I wish you the strength, courage, and fortitude to to conquer all that stands in the way of your dreams. Have the knowledge that set backs you encounter are but mere stepping stones. They are there to propel you into greatness. The direction you take is your choice. You can choose to be stricken and fall or you can choose to be a champion of your own life. Be who you were meant to be. I believe in you. I love you always and forever.
I sign off wishing everyone Cool Runnings. Peace be the journey. Light be your heart and love be your guide. Face your obstacles, conquer them, and become greater than you ever thought you could be.
Love Noelle Suzanne