Popcorn, beer, and fans in blue surrounded us. Summer sun was beating down; a cool wind comforted us; and the crowd roared when a homerun soared over the back wall.
His face glowed with hope and joy as we sat: My son and I perched in the Bronx.
He knew that I didn’t like staying for a full game, but he asked me, “Dad, can we stay till the end?”
Usually, I said no, giving a reason like we needed to get home to do something important.
But a realization slapped me, hard. And it was this. The only summer I have with my son as a five-year-old is ending.
“Make the most of it, fool,” I thought to myself.
Making as many happy memories as I could with him became my aim, doing the things he wanted, even if they went against what I preferred.
So we stayed.
The innings were exciting. But witnessing the wonder and excitement in his eyes brought me the greatest joy. My son smiled, cheered, clapped, and laughed. And I couldn’t help but join him.
And I found myself not wanting to leave the game even after the last out.
But we both left satisfied, hand-in-hand—father and son.
Sometimes who we are and who we want to be feel too far apart to do anything about. But that’s not true in many cases.
You can reach your potential.
It starts with these words.
That simple phrase is the key to going further than we ever thought we could.
And yet many of us find it difficult to say.
I know I do.
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Practicing gratitude cultivates happy and healthy lives in us.
But what if we could improve our practice by improving the things we are grateful for? Could we be happier and healthier and more abundant?
I think so. Let me explain.
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Pizza is one of my favorite foods to eat.
So I love it when I find another great place to get a delicious slice.
There is this proper Roman pizza shop on the Upper East Side that I discovered, and I am so thankful that I did.
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We all want to get better, reach our goals, live better lives.
But getting there is so freaking hard.
When we think about growing a business, getting healthy, getting a promotion, saving for retirement, etc. it can feel daunting, overwhelming. And no matter how much we don’t want to, we can end up quitting.
But we can change that by doing this.
Focus on today.
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Have you ever wondered if you should do something else for work? You can. Of course you can find work that you enjoy.
I’ve made my fair share of career changes, working at a church, a bank, and an interior design company before starting my company, a website design and development agency, specializing in Drupal and e-commerce.
Change isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be too painful either. You can find a way that is best for you. But you will need to seek it out, putting one foot in front of the other.
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Saying that I love bagels, pizza, donuts, and ice cream just doesn’t do it justice. I think about them all of the time, every day. I’m obsessed. I’m thinking about them right now. And I crave them, want them, yearn for them. And they seem to love me too. I can hear them calling to me as I type. Right now, a toasted sesame bagel smothered with scallion cream cheese is shouting my name over and over and over, “John Pa! Get over here, now. You need me!” And the others are always in the background, clambered for my attention, too. And I want to yield. Oh, I do.
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Loneliness is an unseen wound many of us carry, buried in us, festering and hard to heal.
Loneliness and I know each other well.
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Work-life balance is a concept that doesn’t help us achieve what we really want.
What it’s supposed to do is help us find a way to make a living as well as pursue other interests outside of work. But I don’t think it does that because it is so nebulous. How will I ever know if it’s in balance? Can anyone know? Balance is so difficult to pinpoint when it comes to work and life.
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New York can be a hard place. People are rushing around you, treating you as if you weren’t human, only something in their way. The bustle can be overwhelming. You can get lost in the shuffle and feel like a number. But living here with a family has been very different, especially with a newborn.
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