It’s All About the Attitude
I have agreed, to an extent with many of the opinions of the week. The book is not great literature, if you’re NOT rich and famous you might get crappy health care or none at all, sometimes fame and work can “out-excite” family life, but generally speaking, I liked this book. I was impressed by Lance Armstrong even through his faults. I think he is doing the best job he thinks he can do.
(If only we could get him to listen to the missionaries! Wouldn’t he be the MOST awesome youth conference or EFY speaker? Imagine the firesides! If Lance would just be humble enough to accept the notion of a Heavenly Father and a Savior…he would be unstoppable! I’m just saying…)
I was really impressed by Lance’s attitude. I believe in the power of a positive mental attitude. In the POWER… Attitude has a force that can actually MAKE things happen. I also believe in visualizing… If you can imagine it, it can happen. (That sounds a little bit Disney-esque…) But if you can imagine it in detail, and practice it out in your mind repeatedly, you’ve won half the battle. I don’t think that in our current lowly human state we can even fathom what we are capable of doing with our minds and bodies.
I am very interested in the LDS notion of spirit + body = soul. Because I consider myself a very weak person, I have pondered this principle many times in conjunction with the principle found in Ether 12:27
“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for it they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then I will make weak things become strong unto them.”
I’m counting on this.
But I am constantly aware of the need for balance; imagine an overdeveloped body with an underdeveloped spirit, and vice versa. Then imagine the balanced soul; that’s where I want to be, the master of my mortal existence.
Lance Armstrong is blessed with many natural gifts that I don’t have: low body fat, huge lung capacity, low lactic acid production, high tolerance for pain, physical endurance, determination, self motivation, confidence. I really admire the way he was able to take some of those natural gifts and focus them into a career, into something he loved to do.
Cancer forced him to develop some traits he wasn’t born with: patience, empathy, dependence, love, admiration for the talents and skills of others, humility, serenity.
Thank goodness we are not being compared to each other. I couldn’t hold a candle to Lance’s self motivation, and he couldn’t hold a candle to my faith in a living God, my faith that God has a plan for each of us.
But I was happy to read the story of a fellow human being; a brother, if you will. I was left with a happy impression; an impression of hope, an impression that I can be in more control of my life, an impression that there is more to me than meets the eye.