Toys cling to our memories thanks to their childhood connections. While Matchbox cars were my favorites, I remember others because of their uniqueness, like Hasbro’s Stretch Armstrong; a fantasy man whose rubbery composition allowed his body to be contorted to accomplish heroic feats. Last week, another Armstrong, as in Lance, admitted that his historic wins were make-believe as well. And, yes, I had intuitive visions regarding this as far back as Sept. 26, 2012.
In my journal last fall, I wrote: “During meditation, got vision of competitive cyclist — going to the light. LANCE!” At that moment, I felt that the most famous Tour de France champion was headed for a coming-to-terms. Even when Armstrong first denied the accusations of illegal doping to enhance his performance, I sensed that the “other shoe” was about to fall. On Nov. 29, 2012, I documented another intuitive vision in my journal: “Bicycle – needle injection – red. Self injection – Lance Armstrong.”
Titles were stripped. Sponsors bailed. And, then came Oprah, to whom Armstrong finally confessed his cheating. Many fans and admirers were crushed and outraged. Media outlets were among the harshest critics, as they too had been duped into once hailing Armstrong’s cancer survivor-athlete celebrity status.
We’ve all made mistakes. And, we’ve dealt with them in our own way, which hopefully involved learning from those errors. Perhaps, Lance, too, will endure his mega-mess and resolve to change for the better. His coming clean – even if it was via a highly-publicized broadcast coup – was a step. But, there are many miles left to walk on his journey of self-renewal.
So, what about us? How are we expected to deal with such foolery? I’d like to offer some suggestions. Instead of adding more fuel to the pyre, emit positive energy to athletic organizations, like Special Olympics, which have an admirable record of heralding the achievements of participants with disabilities. Or, if you’re a cyclist, there are fund-raising events across the country where you can pedal for a worthy cause, such as AIDS/LifeCycle. And, if you’ve donated in the past to the Armstrong-founded LiveStrong Foundation, and don’t feel as comfortable doing so now (even though he’s no longer on its Board), there are other cancer research and healing organizations that would welcome your gift. In other words, don’t let his misrepresentation take away from your own contributions. Continue your deeds.
Let’s find ways to look beyond one man’s faults and lies. Focus on what each of us can do to celebrate positive life forces. That shouldn’t be too much of a stretch!
Love and light,