When Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010, our city was enraptured with the joy of being Canadian and playing host to the world. The games galvanized our national pride, made friends out of strangers and showed us we each have a heart that is even bigger than we know.
Russia has gone into the games with considerably more conflict than troubled us, and has drawn lines they're not willing to bend.
Few are more vehemently opposed to Russia's rigid stance on gay rights that I am. If we're lucky enough to be truly cherished -by anyone- we've already been given our own gold medal to treasure for all time.
No-one has the right to tell us who we may and may not love.
That said, I remain in absolute awe of the athletes who are brave enough to try and fail - over and over again- until they finally succeed in pushing boundaries and forging new ground.
What spirit that must take, and how glorious it would feel to know you've given every piece of your soul to achieving your dreams! Surely that experience truly lets you know you're alive.
Politics and bigotry cannot tarnish courage like that.
Our cauldron remains unlit most of the time, yet attracts many visitors who want to remember that wonderful time. Yesterday, the Province Newspaper ran an article highlighting complaints that the cauldron is still not being lit, even though Calgary has proudly ignited its flame from the 1988 Olympics.
Thankfully, voices were heard and the Vancouver Olympic Cauldron is to be lit each evening Canada wins gold medals and again on the final day of the games.
I'm still hoping for more but am glad we're stepping up and adding our light to celebrate the world coming together.
Today I'm linking up to several memes. Do stop by
and visit them...you'll be glad you did.
Sweet Shot Tuesday http://kentweakley.com/blog/
Signs, Signs http://signs2.blogspot.com/
Weekend Reflections http://weekendreflection.blogspot.ca/
Skywatch Friday http://skyley.blogspot.ca/
The Saturday Photo Hunt http://whistlestopphotohunt.blogspot.ca/
Shadow Shot Sunday http://shadowshotsunday2.blogspot.ca/