Do you worry about things? Do you find yourself consumed with worry about things over which you have no control? Just remember “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”. My mother used to say her Grandmother would tell her that when she would catch my mom worrying about something. So my mom started saying it to me.
It comes from the King James Bible, Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”. You can probably get the point better with New American Bible translation, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”.
I came across a wonderful story about the great Argentine golfer Robert De Vincenzo. It is a great example of how worrying about something is just a waste of time. It’s a story about how De Vincenzo had been cheated. But did he let it worry him?
De Vincenzo, had just won a tournament and, after receiving the check and smiling for the cameras, he went to the clubhouse and prepared to leave. Some time later, he walked alone to his car in the parking lot and was approached by a young woman.
She congratulated him on his victory and then told him that her child was seriously ill and near death. She did not know how she could pay the doctor’s bills and hospital expenses.
De Vincenzo was touched by her story, and he took out a pen and endorsed his winning check for payment to the woman. “Make some good days for the baby,” he said as he pressed the check into her hand.
The next week he was having lunch in a country club when a Professional Golf Association official came to his table. “Some of the boys in the parking lot last week told me you met a young woman there after you won that tournament.” De Vincenzo nodded. “Well,” said the official, “I have news for you. She’s a phony. She has no sick baby. She’s not even married. She fleeced you, my friend.”
“You mean there is no baby who is dying?” said De Vincenzo.
“That’s right,” said the official.
“That’s the best good news I’ve heard all week.” De Vincenzo said.
Good news or bad news? It depends on how you see things. You can be bitter after being cheated. Or you can choose to move on with your life. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Talk to you soon.