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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My Journey With Skylar

This is a first. I am writing my blog from a phone. I love technology.
However, I am typing so slowly it is so funny to see. I guess that is why you are reading it on Tuesday instead of Monday.

It's been a few weeks that I have my new phone and I am enjoying every bit of it. There is a learning curve of course but so far so good. I love watching my now favourite show "The Shark Tank". My wife said to me that I have become addicted to the show and I think that she is right.

Speaking of my wife, she has now started college and she is really having fun. I haven't seen her this serious and focused and determined. And the results are showing. I am really proud of her.

With my wife going to school Monday to Friday, I have to rearrange my schedule accordingly (waking up at five in the morning is now a piece of cake). I am spending most of my day time with our daughter Skylar and I am having a blast.

I have learned so much about our daughter because of the time we spend together it's not even funny. It has come to a point when my wife is so amazed how I can put her to sleep in a heartbeat while in the past it was so hard to do. I know what makes her laugh, the kind of music she likes and the food she likes to eat and when (unlike her father who can eat anything anytime).

Through the whole process, I learned that making spending quality time with our loved ones as our priority can be a great thing. Most of the time we are so busy trying to make a living that we take our relationships for granted.

I believe that many relationships can be healed just by simply spending time together.

Moral of the story? Do you want to spend quality time with your loved ones? Just buy a new phone and you will be getting my blog quicker.

Always a pleasure
Patrick
The Journeyman

Monday, January 21, 2013

My Journey to a Discovery

Hello fellows

What a week!

I finally got a new phone, mainly because my friend Ama often tease me that I am always behind in getting up to date  technology. The other (minor) reason is that my old phone was giving me hard time in getting myself heard by the person on the other side of the conversation. I can't wait to show her my new phone (just to show off)

I am glad I did buy a new phone, as I am discovering some great stuff  phones can do nowadays. It is really impressive.

Last week's news were dominated mainly by Lance Armostrong finally admiting that he had been using drugs to help him perform better. For over a decade, not only has he been denying everything, but he was so hard on those who were accusing him.

As I was discussing the matter with my wife, she just said: "who are we to judge him? Nobody is perfect". To which I agreed. However, I heard someone say that "to whom much is given, much is required". For someone like Lance, people had huge expectations from him that his admission of using drugs came as  heartbreaking news for them.

It's true. Lance Armstrong was a hero to many. He did what few people can do. He overcame cancer and came back to win 7 Tour de France, one of the toughest sports in the world. Equally impressive was his work with his charity "Live Strong" which raised millions of dollars to fight against cancer.

Lance's interview with Oprah was like a torture for him. He was fighting to get the words out, and he nearly broke down once he started talking about the impact of all of this on his children.

I know it can become so hard to admit our own flaws, try to do it on TV when you know millions of people are watching. Poor Lance. The good news though, is that the American society is a very forgiving one. We have seen in the past people who did even worse but, few years later they were back to fame.

Yes, my wife was right. Who are we to judge? I too have made tons of mistakes, I have done wrong to close friends and I have begged for forgiveness. I can totally relate to Lance Armstong (on a smaller scale though). As Michael Jackson once said, if we want to make this world a better place, we'd better start with the man in the mirror (I am paraphrasing). He was right.

Moral of the story? Do you want to see my new phone? Just keep reading my blog and I will create an app for you.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Journey With Abraham Lincoln

For movie fans, this is the seasons for different awards. The Golden Globes just passed, the Oscars are around the corner.

I have to say that last year, I did not have enough time to go to watch movies (except on DVDs), but one movie cought my attention. It is a movie about President Abraham Lincoln.

In my opinion, his is one of, if not, the greatest US Presidents. He is most known for his decision to abolish slavery, but his journey is simply oustanding, not for only for his accomplishments, but mainly his ability to overcome adversity.

Check this out:

 1832: Lost job. Defeated for state legislature

 1833: Failed in business

 1835: Sweetheart died

 1836: Had nervous breakdown

 1838: Defeated for Speaker

 1843: Defeated for nomination for Congress

 1848: Lost renomination

 1849: Rejected for land officer

 1854: Defeated for U.S. Senate

 1856: Defeated for nomination for Vice President

 1858: Again defeated for U.S. Senate

 1860: Elected President

If my math is correct, it took him 28 years of failures to become president!! Are you kidding me!!?? Is that persistence or what?

After reading all the above, my question was: what's my excuse?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My Journey to A Year of New Beginnings

Just be true to yourself and admit that you missed my blog. Am I right? I know you did

Now I am back and for good.

I hope you enjoyed the hollidays. As far as I am concerned, I can say that I did enjoy the hollidays as I was ending a year of 2012 full of surprises. The good news is that the world did not end on December 21st as predicted lol

Throughout the hollidays, a text that I read almost ten years ago was on my mind constantly. I just wanted to share it with you. Maybe many of you have seen it, but everytime that I read it, it does gives me hope for some reasons. The author is unknown, but whoever wrote this piece was thinking of me. Here it is. Enjoy

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.
You never know who these people may be, your neighbor, your coworker, a long lost friend, or a complete stranger. When you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.
Sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck.
Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved,straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become.
Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.
Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen.
Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.
You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.
Most importantly if you Love someone tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.
Learn a lesson in life each day that you live. That's the story of Life.

Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman