Olympians Show Us How To Survive in the Wild West

I’ve been sharing so much about the Olympics because it’s much more fun to pay attention to than the politics that are going on in the United States. Happiness is definitely key to surviving in this modern day Wild West. For a moment we can virtually escape with Team USA, joining them in Brazil for their epic experiences.

I’ve cheered, and jumped, and nearly cried for these athletes. Did you see Mara Abbott’s heart-wrenching finish in the last 100 meters of Olympic Cycling? It was definitely intense, and I think she’ll need some therapy to survive the nightmares she’ll have of “coulda”, “shoulda” and “woulda” for the rest of her life.

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On another note, we all saw the very first Gold of the Olympic games go to a woman air rifle competitor, Ginny Thrasher. This 19-year-old medalist has attained what most of us can only dream of. She is blessed!

The entire road to the Olympics is similar to the road in life the rest of us take. It has a lot of ups and downs, and the key is learning how to survive.

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We also saw trap shooter, Corey Cogdell-Unrein win her second Olympic medal. What an outstanding accomplishment. If you haven’t followed her for long, you may not know that she’s had several ups and downs along the way to Rio. Most recently, after she qualified for this year’s games, some of her teammates filed a complaint against her and her coaches. Their hope was getting us removed from the Olympic team and elevating their own finish in the Olympic trials.

As you can imagine, things got ugly. Lies were told and attempts were made to slander Corey. I’m not here to judge who was right or wrong, but the actual judge said she was A-okay. Since it’s his job, I’ll trust that he’s handled his authority properly.

The thing is, can you imagine dealing with this type of stress… EVER, much less right before the Olympics?! WOW!

After winning the Bronze, Corey says, “I can hardly put into words what it means to me to have won my second Olympic medal yesterday, another bronze. To stand on top of the podium again after an 8-year absence it’s hard not to take the time to reflect on really how far I have come. All the trials and tribulations I have overcome, the countless hours spent training, the time away from my husband, friends, and family. I have wanted to run away and quit, jump for joy and cry in frustration so many times over the last 8 years.”

Corey continues, “I can only ultimately give the glory to one person, Jesus. He has given me the personal strength to carry on day after day and placed all the right people in my life to help me along this journey. I went to God so many times this week for comfort, patience and strength and he delivered all of that including an extra bonus of this beautiful Olympic Bronze Medal.”

I’ll interpret what she’s saying. She says, “I am humble.” Humility is a key to surviving this thing we call life. Last Sunday my Pastor chatted to us about this quality. It’s one I attempt to practice daily.

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With these thoughts in mind, I think about a recent success, or rather recognition, of my own.

As I watch these Olympians handle the thrill of a podium finish and the agony of defeat, I wonder, am I handling my success properly? I landed on the cover of a magazine. An initial reaction of shock took over. It literally took me all day to regained my breath. Next, fear ran through my mind. “Is this a blessing or a curse?” I hoped I could make my hunting and shooting friends proud. After that thought went through my mind, I stopped to wonder what God would want me to do with this. In the version of what I thought was humility, I thanked God for the many blessings he’s bestowed upon me. After that

I do know that God puts things before me, and I have to rely on Him in all I do. I stopped to wonder what God would want me to do with this. “Be Humble.” I thanked God for the many blessings he’s bestowed upon me and have continued on my work to inspire others.

As you maneuver through life, remember humility and who you need to first thank. It’s amazing what happens when you put your faith where it’s supposed to be. It’s not in fame or fortune. It’s in doing unto others. Read the Ten Commandments. If you don’t believe in God, read the last seven.


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Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast. 

Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.

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