The last couple of weeks the Olympics has overtaken our lives. It has turned our gaze to something beyond ourselves. The best thing of all was the 70 thousand volunteers, the 'Gamesmakers'. Just extraordinarily generous, helpful, cheerful people, who gave themselves to making the atmosphere of the games so happy. We met them, they were wonderful.
Wouldn't it be great to have these people all the time, and for this excitement, friendliness, and genuine pleasure in chatting to strangers the norm in societies. It was an injection of happiness from the volunteers and aspiration that rubbed off from the competitors and delight from the spectators no matter who won. We saw everyone compete at their best, medals or not.
Now we are back to the reality. The weather has changed here today and we have had a few downpours. Thank goodness realy because the garden is very dry. The lawn won't get mown until tomorrow, or until it is dry enough.
I am delighted we went to the games. Next time we watch it on TV we will have that we went there once feeling, and know the atmosphere that builds with each heat and performance round. It is something to celebrate, and long may the Olympics cary on inspiring every day people to do outstanding things.