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Tomorrow is not promised
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring”-Proverbs 27:1
“It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality.”
This is how ESPN recorded Tiger Woods’ summary of the prospects of a return to high-level competitive golf after a horrific accident in February of this year. He and others have acknowledged with soberness and gratitude that the outcome of his car crash could have been quite different, though.
It was only last week that the popular “Thanksgiving” holiday was celebrated in the United States. Whether or not there is a special day with that title, I believe we would agree that there is always room to be grateful. Let us never take any aspect of life for granted.
Let me admit honestly, however, that the recent news of the omicron variant of COVID-19 brought me some anxiety. “Will we ever see an end to the pandemic?” is a question many may be asking. Yet, I am realizing that I need to channel my energy differently. It may very well be a case of “glass half empty vs glass half full” scenario.
Are you living each day with a joy, peace and fullness that stem from a place of gratitude? I want to get there. You see, tomorrow is not promised and worrying does not extend my life one bit. Living in the here and now with contentment, vision and faith is a lot more liberating: not easy, but liberating.
Proverbs 27 above is a great reminder to live one day at a time and to do so with humility. We do not know what tomorrow may bring and we cannot change what happened yesterday. The only option left, really, is to make today count. Will you?
Humility and gratitude are a dynamic duo. Live them and teach them to others.
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