Always think you can!
This summer marks year three of being without a dear friend, Kim. Tonight, I was going through some paperwork and found a copy of the poem she posted as her first Facebook post and picture I made of her for myself and dear friends. Kim was one of those friends who told you like it was. She would push me to do more, to think bigger, to never let my inner voice make me smaller… only better. Kim would say things like “sign up for the 10 K race Les, forget the 5…” “Les, come on, you HAVE to volunteer to do x, y or z… You need to give back more.”
Once, she told me this story of when she signed up for a 10 mile bike ride with a group and a friend (or so she thought). The ride started out fine with her and her girlfriend side by side. By mile 3, the friend was long gone ahead of her and Kim found herself struggling to see the group ahead… but she kept going. By mile 5, she was completely lost, stopped, had lunch at a lovely cafe and then biked back to the starting point. When her friend returned, Kim let her friend have it and told her how much she didn’t appreciate being left in the dust. We laughed so hard that we cried. Kim would always let you know where you stood and despite having absolutely no level of physical fitness, she tried.
She and I attended the same professional society and we both lit up when we were near each other. She was first by my side when I won awards and I by hers. It’s people like this in our lives that, I believe, help us to strive for more… if not for ourselves, at least in honor of them. So my dear Kim in heaven, let this small blog inspire someone else, as you did me.. do to more, to be more and most of all to always – think we can:
If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!