Cool Runnings


We had a hilarious night watching the film, Cool Runnings.

 Sharing you some memorable lines from the Jamaican bobsleigh team: 

 “Some people say they know they can’t believe… Jamaica has a bob sled team.”

 “Yeah, but you never see the Swiss smiling neither, I bet if one of them ever came across a pretty girl, he says: ‘Eins, Zwei, Drei, and try to push her down some ice.”

“Respect. Rise and shine. It’s butt whippint time! Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, gear on ups, it’s bobsled time!” 

I was laughing in every turn of the plot and scenes of the film, the joke about their first impressions on Swiss character and attitude not far from my first observation on my first year of living in Switzerland in 1995, the reserve and discrete attitude of most Swiss people are mistakenly misjudged as being cold or distant by others who don’t know them well. The artistic humor on how the Jamaicans pronounced “Eins, Twei and Drei”  (for the “Drei, it is not the proper good German sound like supposedly “dri” for 3 for Drei but they funnily scripted to pronounce it as “Dry for Try.)

One catching line on the Cool Runnings was when the coach said about having the gold medal or not having it.  This reminded me of some discontented people who carry grudge until adulthood just because they felt they were defeated in the past and they were comparing how many medals or awards others had which they didn’t have.

 Medals whether they are gold, silver and bronze; awards from the most excellent and honorable roll call of candidates or deserving aspirants for such most craved award; olympic medals or trophy = they are rewards of recognition for hard work and determination most joyfully felt by honest and truly hard working achievers. These different rewards/awards that lead to popularity of some recipients should not be a destructive source of senseless gnashing envy from others who are also the contenders or simply spectators. 

 From the view of the audience, some may say, 

“achievers and medalists are ambitious people! They can’t have enough!”  

 “Oh, he or she received it because he/she is the pet, the favorite!” 

 “He/she achieved it because he/she cheated or took medication to boost strength.”

“She/he just want to be famous!”

 “His/her popularity will ruin him/her!”

 You can hear all kinds of wrong generalizations, worse ridiculous stereotyping or maybe some may have a pinch of truth but only a “pinch.” 

 Why? Because not all of you or all of us can truly see the inner heart and spirit that drives an “achiever”  to arrive at his or her best for everyone to admire and as an inspiration to co-ahtletes and other achievers and other aspirants.

As a spectator or admirer of others’ achievements, have you ever wondered what is truly at the other person’s core spirit and at the center of the achiever’s heart?

 You can see in a light how misjudgments can be unjustly given towards medalists, winners and achievers in any situation or field of sports or in life.

 It can be determination to fulfill expectations of one’s self and of others (family, friends, team and country).

 It can be that perseverance to excel to her/his utmost because of some more significant goals that he/she has in mind for the future aligned with professional objective.

 It is because the winners and excellent achievers have given the best of their efforts from a mountain of preparation, sacrifice, training, fatigue, studying, mastering the technique, honing their chosen crafts and field, and their preparation to excel is also at the same time preparing them for a much more bigger challenges in life.

 One of the lessons from this film which is also based from true to life of the first Jamaican bobsled team to the winter Olympics in Calgary, 1988 (although there were quite some differences on the film):

 When you stand out unique, carrying your originating race, native country and unique color and you’re confident and proud about it but at the same time you’re humble, in a significant stand and way, any foreigner out there who watches you as a foreigner too not only olympians carry such spirit but to all of us migrants, emigrants, foreign workers whether we are unaware or aware of it: you and me, being a symbolic simple ambassador or ambassadress of your native country, that amidst all odds we face and adjust to while living in abroad, in our adapted foreign country of residence, it is worth trying one’s best but finding glory during the process.  The victorious success working as a team, working your way out to thrive in a foreign land, that “victory” as seen as elusive for many, that “victory or success”  felt not at the end but felt during the journey on preparation, performing one’s duty, tasks and responsibility, your commitment these are unseen precious factors that contribute to your inner fulfillment which are unknown to the slippery judgments of spectators who are not aware of your sacrifice, fatigue and hard work and your patience in facing all of them once you achieve a remarkable success.

I’d like to share you two Ute proverb that I like a lot:

ute proverb

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