Friends

August 21, 2008

There are three kinds of people who will call themselves your friend:

  1. Those who will help you stay where you are,
  2. Those who will help you get to where you want to be,
  3. Those who will help you get to where you ought to be.

If you want to be truly happy in life, and in eternity, it is critical that you learn to discern which type of person is really truly your friend.                                                                                       ~ Janet

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Beijing Olympic Winners and Losers

August 19, 2008

By Janet Walgren
Like most folks, my eyes have been glued to the television set ever since the Olympics began. Having been a national caliber athlete myself, it amazes me when someone who gets a silver or bronze medal is talked about as if they were a loser. It is laughable in a sad sort of way.

Although I won or placed in every tournament I ever competed in and mostly took first place, I never felt like a loser when I took second. Heck, when it comes to the Olympics, an athlete is a winner to even get to the opening ceremonies as a competitor.

Another thing that I have found amusing is the astonishment that the reporters express when they describe friendships amongst athletes who are competitors back home. Well this is another ‘NEWS FLASH,’ competition ends and long standing friendships continue after the game or the match. Heck, I loved the tournament parties and the weekend stays at the tournament host’s house.

It has been my experience that rivalry is the stuff that news is made of, not the stuff that athletes are imbued with when the day is done. In all my years of experience, I was never aware of any animosity between athletes off the mat.

I wish I could be a mouse in an athlete’s pocket in the Olympic Village and watch as all the new friendships that are being forged while the world’s best athletes celebrate together.

Anyway, I hope that you are enjoying the games as much as I am.

I’ll get back to regular posting after the Olympics.


Beijing Olympics

August 10, 2008

By Janet Walgren
My eyes will be glued to the Olympics for the next several days. Here is the link to the official Beijing Olympic website. I think my favorite thing about the opening ceremony was everything. The scope was incredible, the precision and execution amazing, the artistry exquisite, the numbers of ordinary people involved – very, very heart warming to say the least. I appreciate the cooperation, discipline, vision and countless hours that it took to put on such a performance. Wow!

My favorite style – the beautiful red dresses worn by the Chinese women leading each country’s athletes into the stadium. The dresses were elegant, refined, stunning and modest. (I hope that the pattern and fabric will be made available to the world. Perhaps they will sell them online:))

My favorite part of the opening ceremony was the lighting of the torch. It was amazing. I think it is and will remain my all time favorite Olympic torch ever.

My favorite image – the tall basketball player holding the nine year old boy who knew his duty.

I hope that each of you will take a little time out from blogging and your other everyday activities to celebrate with the world during the Olympics.

 


Improve the World – Make a Difference

August 6, 2008

By Janet Walgren

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.”
                                                                                    ~ Anne Frank

One of the things that bothers me most about politics and election campaigns is the attitude of the voters. It seems like the only people who are considered capable of changing things for the better are the candidates.

Political debates seem to be an exercise in candidates telling us what they CAN do to fix things and telling us that their opponents ideas WON’T work. After the debate is over we are left at the mercy of political pundits who work us over until we go away thinking that NO one can do anything.

When we take the information that we have garnered into our inner circles to discuss things further, someone invariably says, “Well, (~sigh~) there’s nothing we can do to change things!”

We need a lot more Anne Franks in the world if we want our world to get better.  Just think what could happen if we all rolled up our sleeves and went to work to change things. We need to realize that we ALL count. Collectively and individually we CAN make a difference.

I challenge you to make a difference!!!


Peaks and Valleys

August 1, 2008

By Janet Walgren

“One of the greatest tragedies we witness almost daily is the tragedy of men of high aim and low achievement. Their motives are noble. Their proclaimed ambition is praiseworthy. Their capacity is great. But their discipline is weak. They succumb to indolence. Appetite robs them of will”.

~ Gordon B. Hinckley, 1979

 

What are you aiming for? Is your goal high? Nobel? Is your target even worth aiming for in the first place? Have you prioritized your targets? Do you even have a target that you are aiming for?

 

What is indolence? Have you succumbed to indolence?

 

Do you have an appetite for things that you shouldn’t touch? Perhaps you need to go on a diet and time limit some things that are OK in moderation.

 

What robs you of will?

 

I love my job. For quite some time now I have been interviewing multimillionaires, people who have made mega fortunes. Then I get to write their stories for a project. Interestingly, I have found that those with the greatest successes have started from the deepest valleys – places that few would want to go.

 

One of the women I interviewed this week made an interesting observation and comparison. She told me to imagine that I was lying in a hospital bed staring at the monitor watching it record my vital signs. She asked, “Do you want to see a flat line or peaks and valleys?”

 

The answer to that was obvious!

 

And such is life…

 

She taught me a new gratitude for the challenges, the peaks and valleys of life.