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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Inspired and reminded

By Jenny Fletcher

You know not every day is rainbows and butterflies. I had a tough night last night dealing with some conflicts that came up in my life that needed serious evaluation. I need to make wise decisions. I fell asleep exhausted playing the outcomes through in my mind ... and still couldn't make a decision on what to do ... and when I woke up I still didn't know.

Timing is always perfect and I've learned in life that if I still my restless heart and think and pray things through the answer usually is as clear as day.

This was the case for me today.

Abbey
Triathlete Jenny Fletcher walked by Westminster Abbey on the way to the breakfast, where she found clarity.

I walked into the beautiful building of the Central Hall in Westminster. I was invited by Greg Welch to join him for breakfast. But it was not just any breakfast, it was the More Than Gold 2012 Legacy Breakfast. It honored character and influence in the world of sport.

There were two recipients of the Eric Liddell award: Bryan Clay from the U.S., who won Olympic gold (2008) and silver (2004) in decathlon and Debbie Flood from Great Britain, a two-time Olympic silver medalist in rowing (2004 and '08).

Both of these phenomenal athletes have achieved greatness on the field and as individuals making a difference in this world. They have chosen to live a life of integrity and be involved in philanthropic endeavors. They have a deep passion to touch and inspire peoples' lives in a positive way.

For these athletes there is more to life than sport, and I was inspired and reminded at this breakfast of the reason I feel I am in sport itself.

Eric Liddell (Chariots of Fire) said when he ran he felt God's pleasure. He believed it was God's gift to him and there was purpose in it! The desire to live life to the fullest, with integrity, discipline, and strive to be the best that he can be with all he has been blessed with.

And there is my moment -- as I sit and listen to inspiration after inspiration -- I know the answer to my dilemma. And at once all is at peace within my heart and soul.

I am here with a purpose. I am on this journey. I strive to live life to the fullest and to live a life worthy of every breath I have been given. Life is short, don't let it slip by. Live each moment to it's fullest. Make it a life worth celebrating.