The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

~Chinese Proverb~

Lance Armstrong's wise choice?

August 26, 2012 - None of us know what is in Lance Armstrong’s mind. We all see his refusal to continue fighting the doping charges through our own internal filters. Some interpret his action as an admission of guilt, and others as giving-up. Another possible interpretation is that he made a wise choice. 

By continuing to oppose the charges against him, Armstrong would have tied himself, his energy, resources, and family members to the past. As much as someone in his situation must ache to be believed, he chose to let go and live in the present. If that is the case, the decision is admirable. 

It takes courage to let others believe what they will, without having to prove oneself right. Not having to be acknowledged as being right is a sign of emotional intelligence. Because our world is generally lacking in high emotional intelligence, it may be necessary to point out there is strength of character behind a choice such as his.

Giving up on a fight is not a weakness when it is a means of re-establishing one’s power to live fully in the present. By not fighting, Armstrong’s life is no longer dictated by proving the doping allegations are false. There is still an emotional toll he has to deal with, but now he will do it on his own turf. 

Armstrong is fortunate to have two other important egg baskets aside from biking. His family, and his work to help those with cancer, are significant in his life. If his decision to relinquish the fight is, as he said, to maintain those baskets, he has made an understandable choice and demonstrates a strong sense of self.

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