Olympian athletes submit to long-term self-discipline. We admire their commitment. We wonder, how can they give so much of their lives to a sport? We instinctively know that they are not enjoying it all the time. Training means hours of holding themselves to the sometimes-tedious.
The Atlantic explains “How Olympians Stay Motivated,” based on a study of figure skating champions. Can you guess their most-often used method to get themselves through the hours of tedium?
Armed special police in Kiev, Ukraine, stand behind a shield wall facing angry demonstrators in this January photo. Civil protests began last November in favor of moving their economy/culture closer to Europe and further from Russia.
Some worry that a civil war could erupt in the streets with all the resulting loss of life and property. So these Russian Orthodox monks are willing to risk much to subdue the raging emotions. They place themselves in the middle of the faceoff, taking shifts to pray on the street. Go here
for comments that one of them made on his facebook page.
In the words of Fr. Alipy
, “You can’t even imagine how important it is for the clergy to stand there!” There’s a youtube video
of the monks praying in the street while police rattle their shields.