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The strength that comes from gratitude

- Practice, Practice, Practice

When I was in college, our swim team was preparing to compete with another school. Our coach wanted to test my time for the 100-yard freestyle event. He asked me to swim the event three times in a row with a one-minute rest in between each swim.

While swimming the first 100 yards, I recalled, with gratitude, the complete healing of “swimmer’s ear” a couple of years earlier. The ailment was a very painful condition in my ear that would have prohibited me from future swimming, competitive or casual.

After the first 100 yards, the coach told me the swim time. I waited one minute and did it again, still rejoicing and thinking about this healing. When I finished that 100 yards the coach was amazed because my time was a second or two faster. He was even more amazed after my third and final swim because my time was faster still! A few days later our school competed in a Big Ten college swim meet, and I was able to be part of that competition.

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