She’s 350 Pounds and Olympics-Bound

My good friend Havva (she says her name is Eve in Hebrew) was kind enough to send me an article about Holley Mangold (Link to article).  She will be lifting weights  in the Olympics this summer and weighs in at 350 lbs which is not unusually big for this competition.  The story is partially sensationalism over her size but it also shows the level of sacrifice she is willing to endure in order to compete.  It particularly struck a cord with me because she has no expectation of winning, she only wants to experience the joy of doing her best.  That is very refreshing when it often seems like we live in a world were first place and perfect is the only measure that counts.  Unfortunately I then read a few of the comments on the story.  I should know better!  The comments section of any article is often filled with ugly refuse that is clogging up peoples’ minds.  I like to think that they are cleaning out bits of whatever it is that is rotting in their brains every time I read a critical comment.  As comments go the ones attached to this article were very tame.  My complaint is with people invisibly sitting in judgement of others based on the slimmest of details on that person’s life.  Instead of assuming the worst about Holley Mangold, why not assume the best.  Lets stop being critical of one another and start being postive and supportive.  I know for myself I feel better when I am preaching something positive.


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