Last night Todd and I watched a movie. It was on TV and Todd was into it and very shortly I was enthralled. Can I say inspirational? What movie did I watch? Men of Honor, based upon a true life story. The story is about Carl Brashear, a young black man who joined the Navy shortly after they desegregated it. He had his dreams and he pursued them under incredible odds and incredibly resistance. He was extremely successful in reaching and actually exceeding his goals. (Watch the movie…or at the very least go and read about Carl Brashear online.)
This man knew what he had to do to reach his goals. He stood up against terrible prejudice (he was black in a time when there was little or no equality for black people). He stood up against terrible odds (lacking the formal education that would make the book learning at dive school easier). He overcame incredible injuries and still succeeded. His navy career was marked with many ‘firsts’.
Our goals and desires are attainable. Carl Brashear proves it. It may not be easy. It may not be a quick trip to reach those goals. However, persistence and a deep rooted desire will make any dream attainable!
This morning, with the thoughts of this movie in my mind I woke up. I was going for a run. Seriously, what was a little rain going to hurt me? Rain didn’t hurt me….but it hurt me to see it all over the floor inside my front door. An hour later and gutters cleaned (thereby stopping the overflow of water down the front wall…and through the frame and into my house…or however it’s happening) and I discovered that a cat had ‘missed’ the liter box. Another hour later and the laundry room had been emptied, liter boxes scrubbed, floor and wall disinfected, liter boxes refilled with fresh liter and returned to place. It was 9:26 when I got into the shower……I have to be at work by 10……so you know my run didn’t happen this morning. I have this evening though…I can and WILL exercise this evening!