Can 10 Words Create an Olympic Advantage?

by Jan on March 23, 2011

“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Author of the poem, Ulysses

This is a computer-generated image of the wall where the line from Ulysses will be installed. Courtesy BBC

Preparations are underway for the 2012 Olympic Games. These words by Tennyson were chosen by a panel to inspire athletes participating next year, and will be engraved as a permanent installation on a wall in the center of Olympic Village.

As I was reading a report by the BBC, I learned considerable thought was put into choosing this declaration of aspiration for the 2012 Olympics. Reasons for nominating the line emphasized its universal appeal and received comments such as:

• “It sums up the courage needed to live life to the full.”
•  Indian poet and English teacher, Daljit Nagrad said he liked the line because, “It is a clarion call to the best parts of our searching inquiring selves that is just as suited to a gold medal winner as it is to the ordinary worker in their daily round.”

It is also about HOPE, which calls to the better parts of us, to the dreams held within our hearts. So strive, seek, find and never give up the dreams that you hold dear to you.

Do you have an inspirational phrase or mantra?