There is plenty of talk in the news about Tim Tebow. The Jacksonville local paper, the Florida Times-Union, usually has an article once a week some how relating to Tebow. Tebow is certainly a popular player with Florida Gator fans and fans who admire his religous convictions. Friday’s issue of the Florida Times-Union contained two such articles. The article on the front page was about Tim being named a Great Floridian. I am not sure what a Great Floridian is or why he got the honor, but it must be an important honor to be covered on the front page. The second article, about Tim’s employment with the NY Jets, had a quote that prompted me to think of Tebow in a different light.
As I was doing my usual weekend stuff, I couldn’t seem to get this quote out of my head:
“It’s nothing I can control,” Tebow said. “Like I’ve said ever since I was at Nease High School, I really try not to worry about what I can’t control. Just try to have the best attitude, have the best effort, a great work ethic and so far this offseason has been a lot of fun. It’s been my best yet.”
Now whether you are drinking the orange and blue Gatorade or not, something can be said about his approach. Most of us have heard similar quotes throughout our lives, but how many of us actually remember them when we need them. Here is a guy that has worked his whole life to become an NFL player. He has a better winning percentage than most of the starters in the NFL including a playoff win, yet he doesn’t get to play. Rather than pulling a Randy Moss (bitch and moan), Tebow just keeps moving forward. I wish I could keep that kind of attitude.
My favorite is the Serenity prayer:
I know I don’t often remember, but I should. I get stressed out about work, my kids, and life in general some times. I believe that adversity makes us stronger, and how we learn to deal with it defines us as individuals. When (not if) you encounter adversity, keep saying it to yourself. Eventually, you will start to believe it.
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