Baseball’s Opening Day, 2010


I have, in the past, written about the importance of taking time away to enjoy the important things in life, like Baseball’s Opening Day.  With this important day falling the Monday after Easter this year, I thought I would share one of the feelings common among baseball fans this week…

Hope.

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My Annual Day of Celebration


Baseball’s Opening Day has historically been a day where I take off and watch the slate of games at a local bar with friends. This year, it falls on April 6th.

I want to mention this to everyone because this is one of the reasons I work hard.  I like to do things with my family, and I like to enjoy my favorite, finer or not, things in life.  For me, few days during the year match Opening Day. It is the one day of the year where people from all cross-sections of my life get together and enjoy one of my favorite things, Baseball.

Remember, no matter how hard you work, or what you do, always take time to relax with friends and family. This is why I do what I do.

So if you wander into a certain sports bar tomorrow and see somebody wearing a baseball jersey watching the game, don’t make any assumptions. Just take a moment to think about what things that you are able to enjoy because of what you do for a living.

Now, Play Ball!!!

Opening Day, My Favorite Holiday


Yesterday, I created many headaches.  I took the day off and went to a sports bar and watched several hours of baseball, including the thumping of the Phillies by the Nationals.  Now, many of you may not care about baseball, or even know the rules.  That isn’t important.  What is important is the time.

I used a day of vacation to sit back and do “nothing”.  My dad and a few of my friends showed up during the afternoon, and we talked baseball, work, and whatever came to mind.  As tradition dictates, I bought each of my friends a beverage and an appetizer to thank them for taking time away from work, and their families, to hand out and watch baseball.

I do this every year, for one very important reason.  I enjoy work, but I work to live, not the other way around.  The Opening Day of MLB baseball is something that I enjoy and I force every project/employer to realize that while I may not be working that day, my productivity rises because I am in such a chipper mood for weeks before and days after.  This is opposed to the crotchety mood that I would have if I had to actually work.

I urge everyone to take a moment and think about why you work.  What do you love to do?  Whatever it is, be sure to make time for it.  It may seem a little unconventional to some, but mental health is just as important than your physical health.

Now, back to the fun world of ECM…