Monday, August 13, 2012
I'm A Mormon Monday: Melissa
I just realized this is my very first guest post on my blog. I am so glad it could be written by an amazing friend of mine. I have known Melissa for several years now and every time I need a little pick me up I go and read her blog. When I think of Melissa I think of 100% positivity. I think you will agree after reading this post....
Over the last couple of days, we have gathered together as a family each evening to watch the Olympics. My two older girls are at an age where they understand what is going on and they are so excited to cheer on team USA, in whatever sport they are participating in. The other day we were watching the men's rowing competition. I was so fascinated by the whole five-six minutes of the race. As they row, they do so in perfect synchronization. It is quite amazing to watch. I loved to hear all of the comments that the commentator was making because I am so unfamiliar with any of the logistics of rowing and it was just so interesting to me. As I cheered on the USA team (they totally killed it, by the way), I couldn't help but feel an analogy coming on (I know, I know, it's a sickness I have...what can I say?) The precise rhythm and perfect unity shown amongst the crew was so symbolic to me of the goals and vision that I have for my family. We are also a team, made up of individual members who have different strengths and weaknesses. As we come together united and in perfect synchronization, we have the possibility to accomplish and become greater than we ever could on our own. Really, that's what being part of a team is all about. A team united in purpose, direction, and vision and all working together to win the victory.
I loved this analogy so much and thought that it would be fun to get on the internet and do further research on the sport so that I could find some more symbolism. Well, I was definitely not disappointed. I found tons and I learned so much about all the technicalities of the sport. The crews come in all different sizes but the same principles of rowing are applied. The race that we watched was an 8+ coxed team. Each of the team members face the stern of the boat, except the coxswain, he is the only one who faces the bow (or front of the boat). The order of each of the team members is strategically placed because each of them have different roles to play. The stern pair sets the rhythm for the rest of the crew. The "power houses" are in the middle and the last two, the bow pair are the more technical ones. They keep the boat in balance and they also have the most influence on the boat steers. The coxswain is the one that steers the boat and coordinates the rhythm and power, and like I mentioned earlier, he is the only one who faces the front...and the finish line. I strongly believe that the order of our family was by divine design. I often tell Katelund that Heavenly Father sent her first on purpose. She fulfills a special role in our family of girls. Her younger sisters have such a special love and adoration for her. Her role as the oldest not only gives her greater purpose in our family, but also pushes and motivates her to do and be better because she has so many little eyes watching her. Although she sometimes feels burdened by her role as the oldest, she sets a good strong rhythm.
I know after reading this you will want to go and get to know Melissa better. Head on over to her blog Moments that Matter to learn what a true Latter Day Saint Woman really is. Love you Melissa! Thanks for being you and sharing with all of us. :)