For many, Cubs fever is still upon us. No matter which baseball team you root for (unless it’s Cleveland) there’s a part of you that is surely excited that the Lovable Losers from Chicago’s North Side have finally ended the longest title-less streak (by a long distance) in professional sports, a whopping 108 years. As a New Yorker-in-exile (and avid Yankees fan) living in the Windy City for a dozen years, I got to observe what it was like to be a Cubs fan up close. And believe me, it was not pretty.
I was there when Steve Bartman interfered with Moises Alou along the left field foul line in 2003. I observed the National League leading Cubs get swept in the first round in 2008. And of course I heard all about the curse of the Billy Goat, the black cat, and all of the other reasons as to why a North Side champion was a near-impossibility.
Refrains like “better luck next year” (in April, mind you) and “everyone can have bad century” remain well etched in my mind. As someone who grew up rooting for George Steinbrenner’s Yankees (love him or hate him) the notion that mediocrity was acceptable, let alone embraced, went against my very nature.
But something changed over the past few years. The Yankees former nemesis, Red Sox championship architect Theo Epstein, took the reins at Wrigley and began to build a winner. With some existing assets (acquired through some early futility) and deft maneuvering, Epstein has turned the Cubs into what appears to be a perennial powerhouse with strong nucleus of young talent. Read More
One of the biggest challenges for any employee is to establish clear boundaries separating work from home. Many people fall into this trap regularly, bringing their domestic challenges to the workplace and/or making their homes an extension of the office. While doing so may make sense or feel right in the moment, it can have negative repercussions, particularly if done regularly.
People who bring their personal problems to work can face a number of problems. For starters, depending on how often you do this and the nature of what you share, others around you might start to view you negatively, and may come to classify you as a chronic complainer.
To be polite, they might listen with a look of concern on their face and nod their head in agreement. But if you do this too often, people will start to tune you out, walk away as you approach, or silently wish for you to shut up and go somewhere else. Remember that everyone has problems and hardships. They have a hard enough time with their own and certainly don’t want to add yours to their list. Read More
When I say that haven’t recited this prayer properly I refer mainly to the above paragraph. After all, there have been people who have hurt me, sometimes in serious ways. They seemed very content with their behavior and most did not seek forgiveness. Even though I recognize that if we all – myself included – willingly forgave one another then we would all be able to approach God for the atonement that we desperately seek. But still, it was so hard to forgive sometimes, especially is their behavior hurt my career and/or affected my family. I suspect that most of us have struggled with this point. We simply have a hard time letting go and are prepared to hold grudges indefinitely when we feel that we were right, even to our own detriment. Read More