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Published on June 29th, 2013 | by Tom


From the Mouths of Babes

Generally speaking, I’m not an optimistic person. In fact this is the coffee mug which sits on my desk every day:

That being said the birth of my son definitely opened my eyes and made me reevaluate my overall outlook on life. One of my favorite comedians (and father) Patton Oswalt perfectly summed up my “pre-father” feelings on life. “I didn’t realize until that point how desperately I depend on negativity and cynicism just to communicate with the outside world…”

Do yourself a favor and watch the clip.


This might sound stupid, but my son is pure joy and optimism. At first I wasn’t quite sure how to react to this but over time it’s become one of my favorite parts of being a father. Recently, I was driving my son to day care and I just could not get the day ahead out of my mind. Meetings, emails, voicemails, PowerPoint presentations for the Sales team…did I leave the iron on? In the midst of all of this chaos, I hear my son say, “Daddy, look at all the pretty flowers!” I glance over to see a lawn completely overtaken by weeds and dandelions. There’s always that one house on the street that makes you think, “Yeah that’s either a foreclosure or there’s probably a mummified body in there…or maybe both.”


My son saw beauty where I saw neglect…and weekends worth of back breaking labor (there I go with the negativity again).

It’s easy to get wrapped up with things that don’t really matter: You don’t have the latest and greatest iWhatever, your neighbor got a new car and you’re not vacationing in Maui.

I may not be an optimist at heart, but I’m going to try and follow my son’s example and see things more “glass half full”.

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is a devoted husband and father of one son, with another on the way. His likes include: Technology, Science Fiction, Kansas City Style BBQ, and talking about himself in the third person. His dislikes include: receiving unsolicited parenting advice from people without children, teething, people who talk about themselves in the third person, and irony.

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