By Gwyneth Allred
Muhammad Ali was a man of rare character. He was a boxing icon in the 1960s and ‘70s and the only three time lineal world heavyweight champion to this day, but his influence did not end with his boxing career. Ali was a man full of wisdom that shared frequently and generously with the world.
Some incredible and widely known quotes have been attributed to Muhammad Ali, famous quotes like “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, although my personal favorite came in the form of advice he gave to his daughter on modesty:
“…everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them… Your body is sacred. You're far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too."
Though Ali struggled with Parkinson’s disease in his later years of life, he continued to be active as far as he could be. He participated in the torch lighting ceremony and later the flag bearing ceremony of two Olympic events and even went to Afghanistan in 2002 as the U.N. Messenger of Peace.
When will the world get another man like Ali? I mean, how many people that you know have actually won an award for courage in their lifetimes like Ali did in 1997? How many of us would take the time to talk a man down from jumping off of a building like he did in 1981? How many have the legitimate and used nickname “The Greatest”?
The world mourns the passing of this legendary hero and is confident that his influence will never be lost or forgotten.