Skip to main content

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

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

My Journey to a Press Conference

What a game 7 for the Raptors!! Kahwi shot was out of this world. I am still in shock.
But, let me talk about a game that happened a while back. Game 5.
As game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers and our beloved Raptors ended with a huge victory from the local team, we headed down to the press conference location. The media people were lining up in front of the elevator and the length of the line was one of those I had never seen. We had to wait for the elevator to go down and back up at least three times before we could get in.
By the time we finally got in the elevator, the TV monitor inside the elevator was showing Serge Ibaka’ s press conference. Shoot, we were running late.
We finally got down, and as we were rushing to the conference room, I bumped into Toronto FC soccer superstar Jozy Altidore. He said hi to me and I said hi back. It was surreal. Then, in front of me, I saw this huge guy with tattoos all over his body. I didn’t know who he was, but he caught my attention. As it turn…

My Journey with Fidèle

It has been quite a few busy weeks that involved a round trip to Ottawa on Saturday and preaching during a Sunday church service (yes, I was surprised too when I was asked to do it). All this time I was thinking about what I would be writing about on this week’s blog. I had a vague idea, but I did not know how to formulate it.
That was until I received a message on Facebook from a friend asking me to speak at an upcoming event in January. The topic of my presentation would be “The Moment that Defined Your Life”. The person who sent me the invitation did not know that I had been thinking about the same topic days prior to her message.
It all started when I was at a Toronto Raptors game. I have been reporting on the games for almost two months now, but I am still in awe every time I am at the arena. I can’t believe this is happening to me. I have been in rooms with childhood idols, biggest stars of the game, coaches, reporters, you name it. And every time I am saying “wow”. The other day,…

My Journey with a man of faith

Many years ago, I heard a businessman say that if you don’t have a dream, be around dreamers. Now, I am going to add to his statement and say that if you don’t have faith, be around people of faith.
I met this gentleman over sixteen years ago when I first came to Canada. After a few months, we became roommates. It was very fun evenings among friends hearing and telling funny jokes. We didn’t know what we would become later, but I knew this guy was going somewhere. He was a devoted Christian man, playing music in two different churches. He had a picture in his room with a huge crowd on it and I knew he was meant to impact people’s lives. Little did I know I would be, many years later among the people who would be impacted by his life.
We went our separate ways but kept in touch. He later became a Pastor (and I was not surprised at all by that), and I attended his church a few times.
In 2013, I was going through one of the toughest moments of my life and I needed help. I didn’t know wh…