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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My Journey To The Olympics

Yes I know it's past midnight and I am late posting my blog. But in some parts of the world it's still early. Then I am not late after all (that is my story and I will stick to it).

I also know that, by reading the title of this blog you may think that I am writing from London where the Olympics are happening. I wish.

I am enjoying the Olympics like many of you on TV and Internet. But it is really fun to see how athletes are showcasing their talents on the world stage. How about Usain Bolt and Phelps? We are witnessing historic figures. That is my opinion.

As you may have guessed, my main thing is Basketball. It was funny to see players from Tunisia asking Kobe for an autograph after the game. It looked like they were just happy to be there. Forget about winning the game. Poor Nigeria! They were really swept by Team USA. Melo scored 37 points in just 14 minutes. Team USA broke all the records in that game. The US coach was so pleased that he gave his team a day off before their next game, which was Lithuania. Guess what! Lithuania gave the US their biggest challenge so far. It was a really tough game. The US won, but they learned their lesson. Now they just won against Argentina.

Enough about Basketball. Why in the world did I share this story with you? I think I want to force all of you to become Basketball fans.

Seriously though. I think I can relate to Team USA. I have been in situations when all seemed to work perfectly. Everything I touched turned into gold (like the Nigeria game). It made me so proud that I thought I was invincible. Little did I know that the next phase of my life would be so challenging (like the Lithuania game) that, the successes I had in the past seemed to be distant memories.

Challenges are good though. My experience has been that, those moments show parts of my life that need to change. It can be really ugly to face our flaws, but, trust me, when you do, it is really liberating. Those are though, yet humbling moments. They taught me how to forgive myself when I make mistakes, above all, asking for forgiveness when I hurt others. It's a tough pill to swallow, but challenges prepare us for the next victory. The proof? The US just won over Argentina (which is a great team). Facing a tough Lithuanian team got them ready for their next opponent. And they won

So, if you are facing tough challenges. It's a sign. It's promotion time. Get ready to celebrate.

Moral of the story? Do you wish to win in life? Just watch Basketball and you will get a promotion

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman

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