Take Advantage Of Everything

I was reading an article in my Sports Illustrated a few months ago, and for some reason the last paragraph really stood out to me.  If you have followed along with my snide remarks this last year, you will know that I have become a big proponent of the phrase “Viva La Vida” in the sense of carpe diem.  This paragraph was another example of someone in life wanting to live each day.

“I would love to win another World Series,” he says. “It seems like, yes, that was a long time ago. I don’t want to second-guess myself when I retire. I want to know that I did everything that I could possibly do for my teammates to give us a chance to win. If it didn’t happen, I don’t want it to be because I didn’t give it my best.”

“Every time I have a chance to pitch in the playoffs, it’s great to me. Because I know that one day, I won’t be able to do it. And so I want to take advantage of everything.”

I love how Mariano Rivera, even though he is extremely accomplished, still wants to take advantage of everything and not miss any opportunities.

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2 Responses to “Take Advantage Of Everything”

  1. Debbie says:

    Former pitcher, Tom Griffin , gave the opening speech to LittleLeague one year, and I will never forget what he told all in attendance. Give your very best, try your very hardest….then you can live knowing that whatever the outcome,you gave it your all……So I opened a store, enlarged,tried to growand be the best….I failed forward….as much as I mourn the debt, I know I couldn’t have done more.

  2. Andy says:

    A quote that sometimes comes up on my homepage:

    “When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined.”

    Bono

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