way back when, when i was a young figure skater, i met Scott Hamilton. he was a champion and at our rink to participate in our show. i was dressed up in my costume walking towards the ice as he passed me and asked directions. i answered and then stopped dead in my tracks realizing who i had just encountered. after the show, our skate club had a bbq and he was there relaxing and enjoying a meal. i stood behind him so someone could take a picture, wanting not to disturb him. once he realized i was there, he called me over, put his arm around me and took a proper photo. not at all bothered. i was awe struck. it's a moment i remember and cherish still all these many years later.
being a competitive skater at the time of Scott Hamilton's competitive career, i was familiar with his story and admired his attitude. i recall reading somewhere that the simple (but powerful) word "yes" was something he repeated over to himself during a tough practice or competition. it is a mantra i have borrowed many times over in my own life after hearing about it.
i came across this story today and it spoke straight to my heart. we all face disappointment and loss in our lives. but it is our attitude in the face of it that can be the game changer.
at a vey low point in my life, during a time when i did not think 'getting up' possible. those around me whispered it to me and it was the rope that eventually led me back.
get up. we will all fall, or life will knock us down. but how we change our story, our self talk, our attitude...is in the way we respond to those simple but powerful words...get up.
#getup, thank you Scott!