Welcome to “Athlos” a weekly blog which examines pillars of personal excellence and regularly brings together the worlds of Christian spirituality and sport.
“To be human is to be embodied, so any spirituality that fails to take the body seriously necessarily diminishes our humanity”-David Benner, psychology professor.
This is Week 3 of our mini-series on life-changing listening. This past week, two incidents occurred which spoke loudly in the lives of two meaningful relationships in my life. Last Saturday morning, my wife Michelle endured the pain of an aggravated right knee injury when we were compelled to take evasive action while walking together. To see her tears of pain was tough but her disciplined action on the road to healing has been inspiring.
Professionally, I have been privileged to be acquainted with ESPN analyst Shaka Hislop over the years. Recently, Shaka had quite a scare which many global football fans witnessed on television. By Divine grace, Shaka is improving and is also on the pathway to recovery.
His subsequent public comments were noteworthy for two reasons. Shaka spoke about listening to his body, pondering whether his health challenge was a “moment to pause”. Equally, he committed himself to listening to his doctors, the ones with the requisite expertise. The other salient element of Shaka’s response was the overflow of gratitude: for life, for family, for friends.
Two wonderful traits converged after Shaka’s mishap: humility and gratitude. Humility teaches us to listen. Gratitude motivates us to say” Thank You”. Together they lay the groundwork for success, growth, influence and impact.
Michelle and Shaka, we are grateful that you both chose to listen to your bodies. We are willing to follow your example.
Listening to our bodies demands vigilant attention, the right attitude and decisive action.
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