The road from Sangre Grande, my hometown, the largest town in the northeast region of Trinidad, to Toco a tiny fishing village on Trinidad’s northeast coast, must have been the source of inspiration for the lines from the song: “He ain’t heavy he’s my brother.” “ The road is long with many a winding turn that leads us to who knows where…” Breathtaking seascapes and adrenalin-pumping close encounters with
drivers going at break-neck speeds in the opposite direction are common experiences along this road. The journey from Toco to London, England is even longer.
Nineteen year old Keshorn Walcott, winner of the Javelin throw at the recently completed London 2012 Olympic Games, grew up in Toco. He is the first athlete from the tiny country of Trinidad and Tobago [known more for its carnival and calypso], to ever win a gold medal in a field event. He is the first non-European to win this event since 1952! Keshorn grew up in very humble [to say the least], circumstances [see the photo below].
Keshorn credits his success to the encouragement of his mother who “believed in him when he did not even believe in himself…”
What limits you? Three takeaways from Keshorn’s success story:
Your choices not your circumstances determine your destiny.
The inestimable value of encouragement.
Through encouragement the lowly can become giant killers.
Consider the following African proverb:
“If you think you are too small to make a difference consider what it is like to sleep in a room with a mosquito”.
Three questions to consider:
What limits you?
Who is your key encourager? Let them know!
Who are you encouraging?
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