Day 89: Cinderella

Shaka Smart & VCU, Cinderella, George Mason University.  Three Cinderellas.

Shaka Smart & VCU, Cinderella, George Mason University. Three Cinderellas.

My daughter would be excited at the title of this short post, but I’m excited as I watch the NCAA basketball tournament.  Every year, some team comes out of nowhere and surprises the pundits with their tenacity, grit and determination to make the Sweet 16.  And while it appears that this year’s Cinderella (Florida Gulf Coast University) is about to be sent home from the ball, it’s good to remember that Cinderella didn’t have everything gifted to her.  She had to work for her shot at the crown.  A great lesson for us all.

“Cinderella wasn’t given everything she needed simply because Fairy Godmother liked her.  Cinderella toiled away in obscurity for years and years, rising at dawn and sleeping well past dark.  She did the dirty work her family wouldn’t do.  She scrimped and saved;  she always worked hard; she never had a lousy attitude.  Then, just when it seemed things were turning her way, that she would have her one chance at the ball, her life was turned upside-down again.  It was only then, after the years of work, the years of sacrifice, the years of grinding out and doing her best at everything she had to do, it was only then that she received what was coming to her.

We should never give up in the face of adversity.  It is often after our most seemingly-insurmountable setbacks that we have our greatest achievements.”

-Me

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