Yes, all of the above emotions traveled through my body as I watched Team USA’s beautiful World Cup run come to a screeching halt Sunday afternoon.Â But after a brief moment of silence, I collected my thoughts, and was eventually overcome with compassion; allowing me to rejoice with Japan.
After all, it was just a short four months ago that the world wept with Japan after learning that their country was rocked by an earthquake and tsunami.Â Lives were lost and homes were destroyed.
How does one wrap his head around such a catastrophic event?Â Where do you find the strength, resolve, and hope to dig within and begin the rebuilding process, both emotionally and physically?
To top things off, recent reports show that Japan continues to experience setbacks as it’s continuously hit with strong earthquakes.
Well, finally, Japan has news worth celebrating!Â Their shocking World Cup victory over Team USA not only united the country, but the world.Â Nations everywhere are proud of the resilience that Japan displayed on the pitch yesterday; certainly an accurate reflection of their great country.
Japan’s win has nothing to do with what Team USA failed to do, and everything to do with their tenacity, resolve, teamwork and faith in each other.Â Japan deserves all the credit.Â Mission accomplished.Â Destiny fulfilled.
However, I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate Team USA on their World Cup journey.Â Our women dominated our hearts over the past couple of weeks,Â and captivated the attention of our nation, including our First Family.
Congrats, ladies.Â Can’t wait to do it again in four years.
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