In 1993, Jim Valvano received the Arthur Ashe Award at the ESPY's. This award is given to a person who represents, "strength in the face of adversity." He died of cancer 2 months after receiving the award. Without fail, I cry every year when his speech is rerun on TV. He ended his speech with this closing remark. "Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever."
Jimmy V's Vision for his life was so clear. He realized that his time on Earth is precious and finite. His speech still impacts people today and is the foundation of my blogs. "Experts" have said, "that vision leaks from organizations every 21 days." I'm not exactly sure how they put a number on that but I believe the idea to be very true. If you don't cast a vision for what you want, someone else will cast a vision for you. From the beginning, the vision for this blog was to connect with people, be personally reflective, and to think, laugh, and cry each day. This vision came from another piece of Jimmy's famous speech in which he stated:
"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."
So as you continue to follow this blog, I hope I am able to cast a clear vision and deliver to you what Jimmy V. did for me in his 1993 speech. Make it your goal this week to intentionally try to think, laugh, and have your emotions brought to tears. If you want the tears part covered, just click this link to check out his entire speech.