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Time, The House Always Wins

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

We’ve all been there. You slept like shit. Your morning sucked. You burnt your tongue on your coffee and some asshole decided to cut you off on the highway. Now, three hours into your workday your boss has just walked over to inform you that the presentation on your project has been moved to tomorrow morning. Whelp, looks like it’s going to be a looooong afternoon.

On a day like this, I can assure you that little voice inside of your head is whispering, “I can’t wait for this day to be over.” We are all guilty of this, and through some simple math, I am here to tell you it is absolutely the wrong approach.

Our reasoning behind wishing a bad day over is rooted in the belief that tomorrow will absolutely be a better day. Right? Wrong! Here are the odds:

33.3% tomorrow is worse than today

33.3% tomorrow is the same as today

33.3% tomorrow is better than today

Have you ever heard of the gambling term, “the house always wins?” It applies in this instance perfectly considering there is a 66.6% chance that tomorrow will be the same or worse as today. Now, I may be willing to take a small bet involving one of my beloved Philadelphia sports teams with those odds, but chances are I will regret it and I have 38 years of data to back that claim up.

So, this raises the question, would you be willing to gamble away an entire day of your life simply because you encountered a little resistance? You tell yourself, “it’s only one day,” but throwing in the towel and disconnecting from one day leads to another and another, and before you know it this way of existing has become your standard of living.

It is not prophetic to say that some days will be better than others. That’s life. Adapt, and overcome. A day wished away and spent disengaged merely existing and hoping for a better tomorrow is heartbreaking. Your peers, friends, family, partner, children, and most importantly, YOU don’t deserve that. Not to mention, a day wasted away is a day you will NEVER EVER get back. All the potential experiences, joy, and memories squandered.

The next time a day like this starts to rear its ugly head and you find your mood slipping, catch yourself. Are you willing to gamble on tomorrow being better at the cost of wishing today away? Maybe, just maybe the more difficult choice of taking a few deep breaths and deciding to face down your demons is the safer bet. Give it a shot. What do you have to lose? May the odds forever be in your favor.

Until the next time…

Shields Up.

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