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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Journey with My Blog

It was with surprise that I learned from my friend Emmanuel that reading my last blog about him really made his day. I was just sharing what has been my experience with him, but I didn't know that it would have a great impact on him.

I started writing my blog on October 16, 2009 (yes, it has been 3 years!!!), and I haven't missed a week ever since. I have been late posting it, but I haven't missed a week. I will take it as a huge accomplishment on my part (standing ovation for me please...)

To tell the truth (not that I was lying before), I did not want to publish my posts at first. What would people think of me? That was my fear. Or, would people even read them? That was another one. It took me several weeks before I could post them on my Facebook page. I have never looked back. I must admit that it took every bit of courage that I had to put myself out there. I had to accept to be vulnerable, and understand that, once the story is out there, it won't belong to me anymore. It was subject to other people's interpretations and perceptions.

Thankfully, the responses have been overwhelmingly positive (almost twenty one thousand hits on my site). The comments have been so positive that sometimes I wonder if it is for me. I have also received not so positive comments, but I took them as lessons on how to improve my writings (knowing that we cannot please everybody)

Another thing I have to admit (yes, it is my confession day), is that I do not have the inspiration to write all the time. Sometimes the story comes as I am writing already. Thankfully, I managed to write every week.

Did I share everything? Far from there. I think that the best stories are yet to come. I would like to tell them once I am on the other side of the river (if you know what I mean...). You will be shocked, and that is an understatement (am I a good salesman or what? Lol). Coming soon on a computer near you.

This is an opportunity to thank you all for your encouragements and comments. You are the reason I keep writing. However, I must say that I have been the one who gained the most from my own writings. Writing has been a therapy for me, and my blog has opened doors for me that would not have been there otherwise. Thank you

Moral of the story? Do you want to start your own blog? Just write it and do not post it for weeks.


Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Journey with Emmanuel

I have been friend with Emmanuel for years now. I call him the Movie Guru. He lives and breathes by movies. He even has a blog called “Movies that Motivate/The Adventures of Motivatorman”.

I have a weekly talk with Emmanuel, and very often we share about what we learned through movies. This guy can watch at least ten movies a week. It's hard to keep up with him.

One movie caught my attention last week. It is called “The Change-Up” with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.

One drunken night, two friends admit that they wish they had the other's life. Mitch (Reynolds) thinks Dave has it all: a beautiful, loving family and a high-paying job at a prestigious law firm. But Dave (Bateman) thinks Mitch's stress-free life without obligation or consequence is the real dream come true. The next morning they wake up, hungover, in each other's bodies, and proceed to freak out! With time not on their side, Mitch and Dave comically struggle to avoid completely destroying each other's lives before they can find a way to get their old ones back.

It is a hilarious comedy, but the movie made me think about a thing or two. So often we wish we could have other people lives (I wish I had the life of Bill Gates...), and we tend to forget that there are other people who wish they had the life that we have. How about being thankful of what we have? That would be a great idea, I think

There is a scene in the movie when Dave is about to be promoted as a partner of the Law firm and they were showing a slide show of his professional career and his family life. Mitch who was in Dave's body kept saying “I don't deserve this”. He was feeling so bad because he knew he had nothing to do with Dave's success. The lesson I learned from the scene is that, yes I want to have Bill Gate's life, but I am willing to pay the price he paid to get there? Success has a price, and many of us are not ready to pay it.

I also learned that, being in other people's shoes can help us understand what they are going through, therefore avoid judging them. We really don't know why people do what they do. Maybe getting their perspective on things can help us be better friends and have compassion. That would make the world a better place to be.

Moral of the story? Do you want to be inspired by movies? Have a weekly talk with Emmanuel and you will wish to have the life that I have lol


Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Journey to My Old Passion

For us Basketball fans, we have been enjoying some NBA games, but the intensity is not there yet (I guess we will have to wait until the play offs). I didn't think the Raptors would have a slow start given the fact that they won so many games in pre-season. But again, that was pre-season. Now the serious stuff is happening.

There is also high expectations from the Lakers fans now that they have a bunch of Superstars playing together. Their management doesn't play games though. They just fired the coach after only five games into the season. I was shocked when I heard that. I mean, it is an 82 game season and the coach is fired after only five games!?!! They don't mess around.

A few weeks ago I was doing some homework that my coach Charlie gave me, and I was surprised how coaching basketball was coming back all the times as the one thing I miss the most doing. I have been involved with the game for almost twenty seven years (now you have an idea how old I am), but coaching has been the most fulfilling part of all. I really miss it. No wonder it was coming back again and again in my thoughts.

Just the other day, some friends came over at our house to see our baby. As we were chatting, one of them said that he was approached by a school asking him to coach their Basketball team, but he had to turn it down because he could not find the time to do it. I was like “are you serious!!!”. I have been looking for that opportunity for weeks now! So, he is going to ask if they still need a coach. Boy, if that goes through I would be in heaven.

That is how powerful a thought can be. When we think about something (good or bad) over and over again, that thought can attract other similar thoughts; and before you know it, that thought can manifest itself into physical form (hey, I didn't come up with that stuff. I read it somewhere...). Have you thought about someone that you haven't seen for a while, and then, bam! You get a phone call from him or her? Your thought attracted that person.

I mean, what are the odds? For weeks I have been thinking about coaching Basketball again, and this friend of mine just came up with an opportunity! I don't know if I will get it or not, but the simple fact that there is a possibility got me so excited man!

Can I guess something? That project of yours that you have been thinking about starting (yes, that one that you are about to give up...). My guess is that you haven't been thinking about it long enough. Try some more. Before you know it, that simple thought will attract another one, and an other one. Then, you will meet people with similar dreams. You will start sharing your ideas, and very soon, that guy with bunch of cash in his bank account who does not know what to do with it will hear about your idea. He will make you an offer that you won't be able to refuse....Bam! Your project will become a reality.

Maybe I am dreaming a little (or maybe not). Just something to think about. (Here I, talking about a thought again...)

Moral of the story? Do you want to make your dreams come true? Just think about them all the time and you will be coaching Basketball.

Always a pleasure

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My Journey to the Movies

It's been a quite interesting week. First, I caught a cold last week, by Wednesday I was doing better, ready to go play Basketball, just to find out that my wife was getting a cold too (I know, I know...it's my fault). Next thing you know, our daughter caught it too. Back to square one....

We are now almost a hundred percent, thanks to a week-end of rest. Yes we did rest. I brought seventeen movies (yes you got it right, 17 is the number) from the library, and now we are down to four movies to go. We have watched comedies, action movies, you name it. I don't remember the last time I watched so many movies. What else could we do? We didn't want to go out there and spread what we got.

Our daughter is almost five months old now. I have learned that it's at that time that babies want their parents full attention. She has been making funny noises just to get our attention, and when we look at her she just smiles. It's hard to watch a movie when she is awake, but she is a real joy though.

Almost all the movies that we saw were a reflection of this quote by James Cash Penney: "I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties." The main characters had to face difficulties that, at the end made them stronger (sometimes nicer) people.

I heard a song, I think it's Peter Tosh who sang it, saying “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but no one is willing to die”.The way I see it, if we want to succeed, we must accept to pay the price. And the the bigger the dream the bigger the struggle (the bigger will be the victory as well).

You may be facing difficulties, but keep the faith. Celebration time is coming.

Moral of the story? Do you want to win in life, just watch seventeen movies in a week-end and you will write a blog
Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman