It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of encouragement to start your week off right.
This week’s words of encouragement: Never Give Up–Especially Not On Your Own.
It is with a heavy heart that I say America has lost a hero in the world of sports: ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott. However it is only right that I should commemorate him through this post.
In this video, we see Stuart Scott being awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, for his extraordinary commitment and perseverance in his fight against cancer. We do not see him as a public figure, but a MAN with true trials and tribulations admitting that fighting cancer is a fierce a battle.
Although Stu died at a very young age (49 years old), he and the rest of us can lift our heads knowing that he did not lose to cancer because he never gave up. And what was true in his speech still lives on today.
“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
However the key wisdom that I believe he wanted to bestow to his fans; his colleagues; his family; and to us all was this: Never be ashamed to have someone fight your battles for you if you are unable to fight. With grace and poise he says, “I couldn’t fight–but the doctors and nurses could; my friends and family could; my girlfriend could. All of them visited me, talked to me, they listened to me and they loved me.” And what I especially love most were his two reasons for fighting cancer: his two beautiful daughters and how they were the source of his strength each and everyday.
Even though he is gone from this world, his legacy will still live on in the hearts of millions through the power of social media and the V foundation. His speech will be accessed to everyone in need of strength to fight cancer.
So this week, in whatever you work do, never feel ashamed to rest from time to time and have someone else fight your battles–even if it means calling on a sibling or a special friend to cry on their shoulder
Rest peace in Stu and God Bless you and your family
For more information on the V foundation and how you can continue the fight against cancer go to www.jimmyv.org