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[MOL] Some inspiration from a friend of mine/Jean

Keep Your Goals in Sight

       When she looked ahead, Florence Chadwick saw nothing but
  a solid wall of fog. Her body was numb. She had been swimming
  for nearly sixteen hours.
       Already she was the first woman to swim the English
  Channel in both directions.  Now, at age 34, her goal was to
  become the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to the
  California coast.
       On that Fourth of July morning in 1952, the sea was like
  an ice bath and the fog was so dense she could hardly see her
  support boats. Sharks cruised toward her lone figure, only to
  be driven away by rifle shots. Against the frigid grip of the
  sea, she struggled on - hour after hour - while millions
  watched on national television.
       Alongside Florence in one of the boats, her mother and
  her trainer offered encouragement. They told her it wasn't
  much farther. But all she could see was fog.  They urged her
  not to quit. She never had . . . until then. With only a half
  mile to go, she asked to be pulled out.
       Still thawing her chilled body several hours later, she
  told a reporter, "Look, I'm not excusing myself, but if I
  could have seen land I might have made it." It was not
  fatigue or even the cold water that defeated her. It was the
  fog. She was unable to see her goal.
       Two months later, she tried again. This time, despite
  the same dense fog, she swam with her faith intact and her
  goal clearly pictured in her mind. She knew that somewhere
  behind that fog was land and this time she made it! Florence
  Chadwick became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel,
  eclipsing the men's record by two hours!

        By Author Unknown
        Submitted by Michele Borba
        from A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul
        Copyright 1995 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
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