Tiger, Tomorrows and Thanks

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Welcome to “Athlos” a weekly Wednesday blog which examines pillars of personal excellence and regularly brings together the worlds of spirituality and sport.

Tomorrow is not promised

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring”-Proverbs 27:1

Tiger’s Tale

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?

Thankfulness

Humility and gratitude are a dynamic duo. Live them and teach them to others.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Chad Maraj

    Good day Mr. Marcus. I hope you are doing well. Thank you for your this Athlos. I agree that living in the here and now is liberating. But trying to achieve my future goals in the way I know how means that I sometimes sacrifice my present for a better future. Tomorrow is not guaranteed but, most times it’s the reality. Like anything, I think we must find the balance with being grateful for all we have, which is alot, yet staying humble and working towards being the best version of ourselves and achieveing our dreams. Thank you. Have a great day ahead.

  2. J. Tyrone Marcus

    Thanks for your meaningful contribution Chad. The balance that you speak about is so central to true success. I am growing in my understanding of the need to plan for tomorrow while living for today.

  3. Maria Davis-Toussaint

    Thank you for this Tyrone, I have learnt at an early age to be grateful for what I have and the time I have, for I have no idea what tomorrow have instore. Each day that I get to see is always a blessing. As I plan for each day I always put it in the hands of God so that I don’t be disappointed with the results especially if it doesn’t go the way I want, it is only then that I find myself not stress or worried about what each day have instore. Thank you again for the constant remainder and eye opening on things that means alot.

  4. Michelle Marcus

    A new era. We are not guaranteed the next moment. The pandemic has brought a change in how things are done and how we ourselves do things. We have all become masked individuals and if we are living masked lives, we have to check ourselves. I am realizing more and more, the time has come to not just talk, but each talk must be followed by action because as you stated, this Covid is the unsuspected thief in the night and daylight that has thrown each one of us off our secured tracks. Thanks.

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