"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go."
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There are no guarantees in life. One day you are on top of the world and the next day you might be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or injury. There are many challenges in life but each day we have a choice as to how we will handle unwelcome hurdles, injuries of all sorts, and disappointments which threaten to tear at our very core.
I was especially inspired today by the news of this brave and unusual team of racers who have overcome terrible injuries which occurred while fighting the recent wars in the Middle East. Not only have they chosen to go on and find a new purpose, they have given extra effort to become elite athletes by training to compete in one of the toughest races of all time.
My hope is that you might find some encouragement and hope through reading about this race and these brave men and women who have conquered incredible challenges of body, mind, and soul. What makes some people go on to become even better than they were before their terrible injuries of every sort? I believe that this spirit is alive in all of us if we just knew how to access it.
When we face challenges it is important that we stay the course. It is so easy to be pulled "to the left or to the right." As in the case of these racers, we need to keep our eyes on the goal, the meaning, the purpose, the calling: lest we get confused and lose the big race... which is called life.
3 teams, 335km, 16 days, -35°C, constant winds, life changing injuries. This is not your average race!
Three teams of wounded servicemen and women are embarking upon on one of the most high profile expeditions of modern times, racing across 3° to the Geographic South Pole. Wounded from the UK, the US and the Commonwealth (Australia and Canada) will embark on this grueling challenge.
Why? To show the world the extraordinary courage and determination of the men and women who have been wounded while serving our countries, and to remind us all of the help and support we owe them.
When? Following extensive training, from cold weather training in Iceland in March, to team training through the summer, and a final session of snow preparation in October, the teams will fly to Antarctica in November. They aim to reach the South Pole around 17th December 2013.
Where? The South Pole
(Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio nasaimages.org)
For more information about these amazing men and women you can click here