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Sunday, July 1, 2007


by Richard Quek

The Catalina Island is twenty-one miles away from the
coast of California, and many people have taken the
challenge to swim across it. On July 4th 1952, Florence
Chadwick stepped into the water off Catalina Island to
swim across to the California coast. She started well
and on course, but later fatigue set in, and the
weather became cold. She persisted, but fifteen hours
later, numb and cold, she asked to be taken out of the

After she recovered, she was told that she had been
pulled out only half a mile away from the coast. She
commented that she could have made it, if the fog had
not affected her vision and she would have just seen
the land. She promised that this would be the only time
that she would ever quit.

She went back to her rigorous training. And two months
later she swam that same channel. The same thing
happened. The fatigue set in, and the fog obscured her
view, but this time she swam with faith and vision of
the land in her mind. She knew that somewhere behind
the fog was land. She succeeded and became the first
woman to swim the Catalina Channel. She even broke the
men’s record by two hours.


When you set your goal, keep pressing on even when you
are tired, physically and mentally, and even though
there are many challenges ahead. Keep the vision of
your goal crystal clear before you and never, never,
never… give up! See the reaching, commit to it, and you
will surely see your goal realized.


"I can't do everything, but I can do something. If we
all did something, we could conquer anything."