by Khadevis Robinson
”If you want to be important-wonderful. If you want to be recognized-wonderful. If you want to be great-wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. (Amen) That’s a new definition of greatness.”
– Martin Luther King
This is what MLK said about GREATNESS. He also said that what he liked about that definition is that it meant everyone could be GREAT because everyone can serve. I think Track and Field athletes are the lucky ones, as we get to serve in ways that just so happens to keep us healthy and looking good.
During my professional career, every year without fail as I was flying back for Europe, Asia, South America, or lord knows where I would be sitting on the plane asking myself WHY? Yes, WHY? I wondered, did others ask themselves this same question. You know, WHY. Just like the Lion that is in the cage and he paces back and forth asking himself Why. He doesn’t know the answer to his question, but he knows that there is something more to life than just staying in this cage and having almost everything taken care of for him. Just like that Lion I would ask myself WHY.
Why was I running track? Was it to make money? Sure I made a little money, but I never had a huge contract; I always worked another job and definitely couldn’t retire off of it. Was it for the attention? Sure, the attention was nice but all attention is not good attention. Was it to reach my ultimate GOAL? Sure, one of my GOALS in life was to do well in sports, but I have/had many goals far more important than that.
After one of the toughest times during my career I finally found the answer to my WHY. After the 2008 Olympic Trials, missing the team by 1 spot, being in the best shape of my life, being married with my first son, and being 32 years old, I realized WHY I was still running track. It allowed me to fulfill my Purpose.
My purpose is to inspire, help and motivate others to BECOME MORE! You see, “You must be willing to give up who you have been for whom you CAN become.” From that day on, I was running, not just to win, but to win hearts. You see, standing in the stadium before a race can be stressful. You have thousands of people watching, maybe millions if you count television viewership, and many things can go through your head. Again, we are the lucky ones because at the Zoo, when the animal sees people standing there looking at them, they know that the people are there looking at them, they just don’t know that the people came there for the specific purpose to look at them. We, on the other hand do and we can make our race or our interview a masterpiece.
Every Tuesday I do an Online radio show. It’s called the Khadevis Robinson Challenge. I called it a challenge because there are many SHOWS out there but I wanted to CHALLENGE people. Just like the show, I want to challenge the readers. I challenge you to sit and think about your WHY. No matter if you are a professional athlete, work at a school, an artist, parent or Mentor. Why are you doing what you are doing? Why is it important. Once you determine your WHY, I challenge you to everyday do one thing that reflects your WHY. If your Why is to help others, then open a door for someone. If your Why is to make your parents proud, then volunteer to help others. If your Why is to be a better dad, simply SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR KIDS. That is my challenge.
“Whether you live to be 50 or 100 makes no difference, if you made no difference in the world.”
― Jarod Kintz, from the book Great Listener Seeks Mute Women
I love that statement and what it means Is that we ALL have the opportunity be a Drum Major. We all have the opportunity to be GREAT, if we just find our WHY and Serve others.
– Khadevis Robinson