As a columnist and radio talk show host, it is my obligation to keep up with what matters. In doing so, I pay close attention to particulars, the kind of things that may not matter so much to others. This is the little voice in my head that tells me, “This will be an attention-grabbing story.”
While watching Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday on the OWN cable network last week, I heard the story of Diana Nyad. According to her bio from the website Bio.com, Nyad is a broadcast journalist, writer and record-breaking swimmer who, at age 64, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage – a dream she had since she was 8 years old.
On Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013 — her 50th try — Nyad achieved her dream, swimming 110 miles between Havana and Key West, accompanied by a support team. She was in the water for more than two days, according to the website.
When I listened to Nyad tell Oprah her story on a Sunday morning, I wrote down the three points she wishes to leave with the world. They are 1) Never ever give up; 2) You are never too old to chase your dream; and 3) It looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.
During her interview, Oprah asked Nyad how she have felt during one of her failed attempts, when she was stung by jellyfish so badly that her body felt as if it was on fire. According to the video shown, her team pulled her from the ocean as she cried “Fire! Fire! Fire!” She described the painful experience. Only a woman of great resolve would have wanted to persist following such intense pain.
Next Oprah asked: “What were you thinking at that time? Did you want to give up on this idea? What was going through your mind?” Nyad said “I was thinking ‘Find a way!’” How courageous! I sat on the edge of my bed in awe; with thoughts of my new journey to take my radio show into syndication. It hit me that I will indeed “Find a way!” My radio show will be nationally syndicated within the near future. The dream dies only when we quit.
This target of mine is a ‘new thing,’ my dream given by God; though it must become a microcosm, with each piece as if it is a small world of its own; station-after-station will unfold like a rose as a smaller version of the whole. In the end, it will be like a lovely garden, each flower complimenting the other, a creation of a beautiful landscape. Isiah 43:19 says “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
When you find joy in doing what you were sent here for, it will be for you what Gary Zukav said; “When the personality comes to serve the energy of the soul.” You and I were born with the personalities we need to travel this journey designed by the Greater Power, God. While doing so, remain your authentic self. There is nothing more empowering to your life than to be authentic.
Remember, I wrote a few weeks ago, how we must learn from everything, set our intentions, meditate and be glad to be alive, no matter what our situations, the way Diana Nyad did! When we do, we learn from divorce, cancer, diabetes, defeat and every good or bad thing happening; and never become discouraged. We “Find a way!”
Lyndia Grant is an author, inspirational and motivational speaker, radio talk show host and columnist. Visit her new website at www.lyndiagrant.com and, call 202-518-3192. Tune in Fridays at 6 p.m., to the radio talk show, 1340 AM, WYCB, a Radio One Station.