I cannot imagine spending 27 years of my life in prison for graciously trying to reconcile a population. Nelson Mandela did it in a way in which many could not–he did it without showing bitterness or strife toward others. My quote today is from Mandela. We should count it a blessing to learn from his gracious example of selflessness and forgiveness.
“Difficulties break some men but make others.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodor Roosevelt ~
One year ago today I was in Brazil on the Amazon River enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with friends from the ship. I tried to send the picture above to my family however, wifi was a bit restricted. As much as I enjoyed myself I cannot be happier to be with my family today. I have so much to be thankful for!!! This is a very limited list of my favorite things.
1. Family and friends
2. Health and the health and well-being of my family
3. Opportunity to pursue a degree in dietetics
4. My job (including but not limited to my relationships at work)
5. America (freedom and protection)
6. Semester at Sea experience (this made me a better person)
7. Miss Oklahoma Organizations and local pageant directors
8. My partnership with the American Diabetes Association (great opportunity to promote health education)
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
This past week I spoke to a group of sixth graders about nutrition. In some way or another we got off on the topic of my travels and one boy asked which country was my favorite. It is difficult for me to choose between my favorite countries because I liked each country for their distinct variations in culture, scenery, food, and tempo.
One of my favorite things about the port city of Rio de Janeiro is its landscape. The industrial city of Rio de Janeiro sets off the coast, however in many ways shadows the favela, Rocinha. Rocinha falls into a valley and is surrounded by the vegetated mountainside. In the photos below, one can see people going about their daily duties, hard at work.
“I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
It seems as though those who fail most become most successful. If this is true I think I will be just fine!