If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?
Forget everything else.
Forget that there was any sunlight left.
What would you spend today, thinking about?
Yourself? Or the man that’s beside you?
Or the man you that know you’d give everything in your heart for?
We get one opportunity in life.
One chance in life.
To do whatever you’re gonna do!
To lay your foundation!
To make whatever mark you’re gonna make!
Whatever legacy you’re gonna leave, LEAVE your legacy!
And it’s found through effort!
Wins and losses comes dime a dozen.
But effort – nobody can judge effort!
Cause effort is between you, and you!
Effort ain’t got nothing to do with nobody else.
So that team that thinks they’re ready to see you!
They think what they’ve seen on film!
They ain’t saw what film shows!
Because every day is a new day!
Every moment is a new moment!
So now you’ve got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature, NOW!
Than I was five minutes ago.
Cause I’m pissed off for greatness!
Cause if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that means you’re okay with being mediocre.
There ain’t no man in here okay with being just basic!
So let’s do what we do!
- Ray Lewis
I just finished reading Showtime by Ed Arnold that followed the Peterborough Petes throughout their 2012-13 season, and as Roy MacGregor commented, it’s like junior hockey’s version of Friday Night Lights. One of my favourite players was goalie Andrew D’Agostini, a reader of motivational books and a student of the game who always kept his head up and gave the team his full effort even when others around him weren’t doing the same. One of the quotes that he had painted on his mask was this one by Ray Lewis: If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?
The reality is that tomorrow is never promised. We never know what will happen and although we can plan and try to predict the future, none of us really know for sure. That’s why today is so important. Today is what you’ve been given as an opportunity to make your mark and leave your legacy. You don’t have to be the same person you were yesterday, because today is a new day. This moment is a new moment. Would you give more effort, take more chances, or live more boldly today if you didn’t know whether there would be a tomorrow? Live every day so that at the end of it, no matter the result, you can say, “I did my very best.” That’s what greatness is.
Game Plan: Every day is a new day. It’s a new chance to embrace the world and share your gifts. Don’t waste it.