All those honors are great but don’t let a day go by without telling your loved ones how much you love them.
STORY LINE by Anand Shah
Last Saturday we attended a young man's birthday party. His parent’s were gracious hosts and very warm hearted. During the party I noticed that the young man's father, Mike, had the Olympic Rings as a tattoo on his legs. Mike won gold medals in swimming in the 1976 Olympics but I did not know anything else about him, so my curiosity prevailed. I asked him if we could take a photo and after the camera flashed I told him, “Today I feel the luckiest man on the face of this earth.” I felt incredibly fortunate to have been in the company of a two-time Olympic gold medalist who had previously held the world record.
Mike replied, “Shouldn’t everyone feel that way every day of his life?” This wasn't just the postive mindset associated with winning athletes but contained a much deeper wisdom. He continued, “ We should feel luckiest that we have another day to spend with the people we love. That is what matters most in life.”
Mike was interested more in his family, his son's birthday and in preparing the delicous food than on his Olympic achievements (Oh, those freshly caught crabs they served still make my mouth water).
Later I did an intenet search on Mike Bruner and found many articles about his accomplishments. An article on Mike by a NY Times writer during the 2012 Olympics really touched me and taught me more about this incredibly humble man. It is worth a read and captures the spirit that, “Things that are given away are never lost.”