Journey

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.  And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.”

~Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005

Punta Cana has one of the best golf courses in the world.  I am not a golf player, but I had a fun time with my friends during a tour we had of the area.  The best part of this event was getting to see the natural beauty of Punta Cana while connecting  and getting to know the local people.

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Let Go

Was there someone who came into your life?  Someone you did not necessarily invite, but somehow, filtered into your life, uninvited and unwelcome?  They somehow forced their way into your life, into being part of you.  Your instincts clearly told you to be aware.  Something inside of you told you to be careful, to not allow this person into your life.  Yet somehow, they kept pushing, insisting, persisting, in a “friendly way” in a friendly manner, to the point that you started letting your guard down and you allowed them into your life, despite that primitive instinct that alerts us when danger is near.

Maybe you allowed them into your life because you believe you are good, and your good will overpower and conquer their evil.  Your good will help them and will transform them into better human being.  After all, you believe you are a warrior for the good and a warrior goes out there and fight.  A warrior doesn’t hide.  No matter how bad they may be, you start caring about them.  You start wanting better for them.  When they speak negatively about themselves, you are there to tell them how special they are, and that no matter how bad they may think they are, God loves them.  No matter how bad they think they may be, they will never be too bad for God not to save them if they decide to change their ways.  You give them hope.  You listen to their problems.  You tell them to fight for what they truly love and to not give up on love, on live and on all the beautiful things God has created for us.

No matter how bad they think they are, you try to see the good in them.  You know you took a risk allowing them in your life.  You know you may have different paths in life, but you want to at least try to make a difference in them and remember all the good when you depart from each other.

Then one day, after you have been there for them, with them.  they turn around and coldly insult you, mistreat you, attack you.  They show no emotions, no feelings, no respect.  They try to bring your morale down.  They knew and know you are very special, but they are trying to make you feel otherwise.  They try to make you feel anger.  They say ugly things.  This however, doesn’t come as a surprise to you.  Your instinct after all, was alerting you all along, but you had decide to ignore your instinct.  You know that you had good intentions, the best intentions to try to help them, but now they are trying to hurt you.

You are strong and resilient, and you know they will not be able to hurt you.  They think they are hurting you but they are actually hurting themselves, because now, YOU, someone who truly cared about them, will walk away.  They will not change you into a bitter person, because you know better, because life has already walked you thru some strengthening experiences.  And in that process, you passed the test.  You did not become a bitter person, but one who is compassionate and know that people will let you down sometimes.  You did not become a victim, but someone who became stronger as a result.

When someone wants to destroy or harm you, they destroy themselves.  They harm themselves.  Even if someone tries to hurt you, your body and mind have and incredible capacity to heal itself.  Just allow it time, and the proper environment and thoughts and you’ll be amazed.  Let Go of them, let go of the person for good and without regrets.  Life teaches us lessons, some are easier and some are a little tougher.  I know this may be hard to do, but do a prayer for them.  After all, they will need a lot of prayer, because they will no longer have by their side that pretty AWESOME and AMAZING person–YOU.

“Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior.  Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.” –#Beyondordinary

 

With lots of love,

Querin

Iron Bar In Time Square – New York York City

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I left work at around 11:30pm, Tuesday night, June 17th. I took my usual E train and as usual got off on 42nd and 8th Ave.  As usual, I then take the bus and go straight home to West New York.  But this time I did not go straight home. I was hungry and so I walked to Kodama sushi, my favorite sushi restaurant. Unfortunately (or fortunately I should say), Kodama sushi was already close. But I was hungry and determined to find a place where I could eat something healthy and delicious at the same time.

I know that as a healthy eater, eating close to your bedtime is not ideal and definitely not recomended.  I regularly try to have my last meal three to four hours before my bedtime, however not tonight. Tonight I was hungry and wanted to eat. Since Kodama sushi was closed, it’s not like I had many options at this hours of the night (it was past midnight), but then again, I was in New York City—the city that never sleeps. I stepped into Iron Bar. Many times before I have passed by this place, yet I had never attempted to go in, but tonight I did. They serve food until 2 am. Yes, I know we are into healthy eating and not eating very late, but sometimes we eat late.

What was so special to me about this place, was that as soon as I walked in, Pierro, the host was so naturally hospitable. I am very critical of hospitality as it is my field of expertise. Pierro handed me a menu; I took a look at the options. I noticed that among their selection of dishes, they had some salads and gourmet pizza with smoke salmon. I wanted to eat some fish (that’s why I had originally headed to Kodama sushi), but I definitely did not want to eat pizza, especially at this late hours. So I asked Pierro if they could do a salad for me with the smoke salmon.  Pierro very kindly asked me which salad did I want and he even suggested one of the options—the beet salad.

Once I decided to go with his suggestion, he then introduced me to Jason, the restaurant manager. He asked Jason if they could make a special order for me. Jason shared this was the first time they were making this change (the salmon is only used on the pizza with smoked salmon), however, he did not hesitate and immediately sought to make the special order—the beet salad with the smoked Salmon.  Jason then had a server assist me to a table. When I received my salad, I was not disappointed. They exceeded my expectations.  This is one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten.  I also enjoyed the ambience of Iron bar; it is very inviting. The décor is an open floor plan with tall windows; wide doors that make you feel the outdoor is part of the indoor, and high ceiling. On the bar side, it has a series of TVs aligned for sports fans.

Thank you to the team at Iron Bar for accommodating my needs, to Pierro in particular for giving me such a warm welcome when I walked into the place.  I for sure will be back.

Thank you,

Querin

The Rebirth Of The World Trade Center

 

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I pass by the 9/11 memorial site almost daily.  The museum opened its doors to the public a few weeks ago.  My mother had been wanting to go to the site, so we both went to the museum for the first time today.  It was a profound experience.  The museum is actually underground.  It is a story about the endurance, resilience, courage, rebirth and love of the American people.   God bless The United States of America.  God bless us all.

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Before arriving at the memorial museum, we made a quick stop at the Liberty Park (formerly known as Zuccoti park) and took pictures with the financial man statue.

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About Finding Ultra

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This book was given to me by a friend at work.  I just started reading it and it is already on my list of favorite books.  Just the preface alone almost made me tear.  This is a story about willpower, but I am finding, within the story, other mini-stories.  One of them for example is on the preface.  Rich is recounting day two of the Ultraman competition.  Day one had been a success and he had finished in 1st place with 10 minutes ahead o the 2nd place competitor.

On day 2, the story was much more different.  He fell off his bike and got hurt.  His bicycle lost a pedal and it happened in the one area where the assistance crew was not allowed to park which meant he was all alone with no one to help.  That was it for him.  There was no way he could continue the race.  He had no choice but to quit as there was no way he could race the one hundred thirty five miles he still had a ahead of him on a broken bicycle.  What a shame, all his hard work was thrown away in a matter of seconds.

He got on his bike and pedaled with one leg while the other hanged loose.  There was one more mile before he could get to where the assistance crew was waiting.  There he would mount his bike on his truck and head back to the hotel. How embarrassed must he had felt.  It was all over for him…or so he thought. This is where the assistance crew came into play and this is where you understand that no one makes it alone.  His assistance crew was there to help him, but that was not what stroke me as that was expected.  What impacted me the most was when he says “I’m suddenly surrounded by half a dozen crew members–from other competitors’ crews–all rushing to my aid.” What impacted me also was the action of Peter getting him a new pedal so that he could continue the race then looked him in the eye and told him “This is not over. Now, get back on your bike and get id done.”