While watching my son play chess with my dad, as I used to when I was a little girl, reminded me of an attitude that I adopted long ago deep in my heart. Watching them play chess together, I asked my son if he'd play Mastermind with me, and his response was "After I beat Grandpa at chess!" Although he was down his queen, both rooks, a bishop, a knight, and several pawns, compared to only capturing a few of my dad's pawns, I knew in my son's mind, he was thinking the exact same thing I always used to think while playing chess with my dad: "I don't care how far I'm down, I'm coming back!" And yet, I can't remember a single time I ever beat my dad in chess. He won every time. Yet, every time, I felt more and more determined to beat him. Will I ever beat my dad at chess? Most likely not. Did it create an attitude in me that ultimately ended up serving me well in my life? Absolutely. With every challenge, obstacle, or mountain to climb I face in my life, I always think, "I don't care how far I'm down, I'm coming back!"
Shelley Johnson - Inspiring individuals to a healthier and happier lifestyle, and ultimately to faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.