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It All Depends On How You Look At It

The Boys Of Summer

When you have teenage boys who love sports, you better get ready for the great outdoors. Much of my spring and summer is spent sitting in the heat watching baseball tournaments. If you aren’t sitting at a game, you are driving to one – or driving home from one. Its tons of fun at first, but after a while you start looking forward to the end of the season. That’s just how it goes.

A few weeks back, I was talking to one of the other parents and asked the question, “I wonder how many baseball games we have watched our kids play?”

His response was, “I actually wonder how many more we have left.”

At first I misunderstood him. I was thinking along the lines of “How many more games we have left to endure?”

What he was ACTUALLY saying was, “How many more games do we GET to watch?” Suddenly, I was looking at things from a completely different angle.

A New Perspective

It had never occurred to me that I only had a limited amount of time before they would grow up and move on from sports. I guess I assumed I would just grow old sitting at a baseball diamond watching my boys play baseball. It was just one of those things that you never really thought about. I was just going through the motions and trying to endure another couple of hours in the heat. In an instant, watching baseball games had gone from a chore to a “limited time offer”. It just depends on how you look at things.

baseball playerThe season is starting to wind down and there are only a few games left. Soon baseball will be in the rear-view mirror for a few months and the folding chairs will be stored away in the garage. Although I’ll still grumble a bit about the Texas heat, overall I’ll be enjoying the games. All it required was for me to change the way I was thinking about it. I’m just glad I didn’t wait a few more years before I figured things out.

Like a lot of things in life, your perspective has a huge impact on your reality. Your attitude is truly more important than your aptitude. The hard part is wrapping your head around the concept. If you are super-creative, maybe you can think of a way to put a positive spin on things like paying taxes or dieting. (If so, leave them in the comments- I’d love to read them!)

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

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  1. Great post .
    You have amazing blog , I really enjoyed some of your posts .
    Are you planning to update your site in future ?
    I think you must update it with good and informative post.

    Thanks for sharing this with us .
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  2. Great post. Do you plan on updating your blog in the future? Thanks.
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  3. It’s very informative post and useful, thank you for the information

  4. It all depends on Points of View

    amazing post and well spent time in it
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  5. Hi Larry Lourcey, you have a great or informative post. thanks for this post.

  6. Hi Larry Lourcey, your posts are always informative. this is Parents responsibility to support their kids,

  7. From busy work, I do make sure to have my time spend with my kids. Smiles and laughs can be bought and that’s the only precious one I could give them with their childhood and remember me 😀

  8. My sons play basket and for me it is a pleasure to see their matches. Sometimes I have taken any book with me but finally, never open them. Time will pass and the opportunity of watching their plays will be finished. So, I try to enjoy as much as possible.
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  9. This post is another proof we need to think about quality over quantity – our time is limited, quality of time spent is limitless.

  10. your article and your words are motivating me a lot, thanks for writing to improve myself.
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  11. This is simply insightful. It really depends on your perception that changes the situation.
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  12. Interesting post. So nice and true..
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  13. very nice. and so informative. thanks for sharing this post.really like this.
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  14. Nice post. As it depends upon how you feel and look at the pictures. Its all in your mind.
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  15. the format and description was something great to have in well research and accumulated post
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  16. Nice post Larry
    Iiked it and also the title was attractive
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  17. It’s good for a parent to think that way cause the kids will notice if you don’t want to be there. It’s better for them this way so they feel supported.
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  18. I was so invested in Tess’s summer experience, too, that the flaws were irrelevant for the most part! I’m glad you felt the same way, Shirley. 🙂 Wasn’t Toby just wonderful? I reacted to everything he said and did pretty much the same way as you. Really looking forward to the next one now! 🙂
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    • What a lovely post. A great take on the whole idea of you can’t change the situation, so you may as well change how you feel about it. My boys are 2 and 4 and already I’m struggling to remember what they were like a year ago. You get so caught up in the moment. Here in the UK I think it’ll be cricket matches I’ll be watching them in (at least that’s what my husband’s hoping for!)
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  19. very nice pictures I think, and thank you for remind us that parents should give time to their kids in such type of healthy activities
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  20. Hi Larry Lourcey

    After reading your post i have a better understanding of what It All Depends On How You Look At It really is.
    Your post have the information that is helpful and very informative. I would like you to keep up the good work.
    You know how to make your post understandable for most of the people.

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  21. Thanks a lot. I am very inspired by writers like you. You have really thrown light on a vital aspect on different things in our daily life and our way of looking at it. Not everything may be bad in this world, it just depends from person to person as to how they look at it. But i feel the best way to approach anything is to be positive and have a strong heart.
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  22. Everybody has got a different reality based on what they constantly think about. Thoughts are so powerful, but most people don’t know it. It feels great that you can control how you feel by focusing on what matters. Yeah happy ending depends on where and how you make a story and stop the story. Your Blog is Fabulous. Good article rather. Very interesting.

  23. So true, I find you can actually apply yourself and change your perspective on most things if you try and its a way of making chores seem much less taxing!

    Just an observation though, I used to love watching mainstream sports all the time on TV but since I started watching my kids playing sports instead I really prefer that!

  24. thanks for reminding about glass of water is not half empty, it is half full.
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  25. Its very good articles and remind us that parents should give time to their kids in such type of healthy activities

  26. Very nice article and a reminder post also. Time is changing and we need to live our life, to take pictures and to have good memories. Thanks for the article.
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  27. Great article. It’s amazing how we sometimes misinterpret the meaning behind words but then realize their true meaning and have a whole new perspective on things. From “have to” to “get to” is a world of difference.

  28. True, Parents always support their kids, whether its outdoor sports or something else.

  29. What a great article.I am searching in google from couple of days about changing perstpective.but i din’t find any complete knowledge.But now my journey came to an end.Thanks a lot for this informative and useful article.

  30. What a timely and bittersweet reminder , time never come back so enjoy every second of your life .nice post so much informative , great post

  31. It is so true. I heard this facinating sentence “it is not what you think of now and again, but your contant thoughts that define your reality”. Everybody has got a different reality based on what they constantly think about. Thoughts are so powerful, but most people don’t know it. It feels great that you can control how you feel by focusing on what matters.

  32. Times change unfortunately, you gotta enjoy the times you have..
    Take many pictures, talk to your kids as much as possible without fights before they grow out of your life…

  33. Dear Admin,

    I landed upon your article”It All Depends On How You Look At It”from google, Actually i am doing a research work on”Teenage-New Perspective”,found your article useful for my research work. Actually i was looking for more related articles on your blog but unfortunately didnt find anymore of it.Hope read more related articles in coming days…I will keep following your blog till then

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  34. always your post number one for me thank you always your post number one for me thank you

  35. Hi,
    that’s a good insight. Sometimes one only has to change the perspective.
    When I remember my career as an athlete, I was always happy when my dad came to watch me play. That were great weekend days, driving with him back home talking about the game and watch the pros at TV in the evening…

  36. Great article daddy! Kids should always get the support they deserve altogether with the right guidance. Today, society is very vulgar and the chances of spoiling your kids is getting higher. Thank you for sharing this. Well done, I’m happy for you.
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  37. Yeah… Happy ending depends on where you stop the story. What may feel like a bitter ending from one perspective can be a new beginning from another.
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  38. Hey Larry,
    Thanks a lot for your post. You know, you get me. Sometimes, I feel upset, and I do not talk with my roommates, and I will not do the things that I am not interested in. What a bad life I have. We only a chance to live a life, so why not be happy and satisfied? When we are upset, we should change our attitude to life. Hope your kids can become clever and sagacious as you.
    Truely
    Bonnie
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  39. Thanks! This is an eye opener. 🙂 Sometimes, we tend to get overwhelmed by our worries and troubles and fail to see that the little time that we spend with our kids is only temporary. Soon, they’ll be off to college and won’t be “needing” us anymore or vie for our attention. And, when that time comes, we’ll regret at not having savored the moment when our children were still young. Thank you.

  40. Agree with you.everything depends on how we are taking it. Just we should take every thing as a positive change
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  41. We support our kids no matter what..that is what a parent is all about
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  42. It all depends on your attitude.Yesterday I was reading “Attitude is everything” by Jeff Keller, an extraordinary book.We cannot change the circumstances but we can change our thoughts.
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  43. Hi Larry, I was a very slow learner when it came to my kids. We started our family when I was 18 and we celebrate our 29th anniversary next week. Our four children are all grown now but the cool thing about starting so early is now I get another chance to do it right with my Grandchildren (Four boys so far).

    Best quote of the day, “Your perspective has a huge impact on your reality”. That is so true and some of us take a little longer to change our perspectives than others. The statement, “Family first” begins to take on a stronger role as we get older. Thanks for the insight and reminder. 🙂
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  44. our kids need the support to breakthrough – good job!

  45. today’s children are more into gizmos and gadgets instead of sports. We can’t blame them for this as parents are first teacher of a kid. so the best way is we should introduce them to various sports, specially related to more physical activities, such as bat-and-ball sport Baseball. It’s a wonderful game and i like to watch it.
    🙂
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  46. Hello
    To see pictures or read about the sport or anything you eager to do

    Problem AHA is the only sport is supported and there is no stadiums and players such as football, basketball, swimming …..

    Time ago if you want something you buy magazines or go to see it for yourself … But now everything is on the blogs

  47. That’s a great point to ponder, Larry. My oldest only did baseball a couple of years and soccer for one year. He was never into those sports that much. Now, though, he really is into karate and seems to be enjoying it.

    We need to enjoy these times while we can. Some get to watch their kids for longer, but most won’t even get to see their kids play in high school, much less college or pro.

    Many things in life depend on how we look at them.

    Thanks for the thought, Larry!
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  48. This is quite moving story to ponder.

  49. very very informative article post!

  50. Hey Larry! Loved the post :)!

    I would really say “How many more games we have left to endure?” as my husband is working for a company that requires him to travel international a LOT, the kids are growing and I am really not interested in Baseball. Since the kids (they are twins and 12 now) are just crazy about baseball I am the one who is left to take them and watch their games and at the end of the game talk about it too.. Since last year I have started picking a little bit of the sport. But I really miss my husband as far as their baseball is concerned :(!
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  51. Maybe now I was working elsewhere if parents let me follow my dreams…

  52. Business-to-business
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    The “electronic components district” ofGuangzhou, where numerous shops sell electronic components to other companies that would use them to manufacture consumer goods.
    Business-to-business (B2B) describes commerce transactions between businesses, such as between a manufacturer and a wholesaler, or between a wholesaler and a retailer. Contrasting terms are business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-government (B2G).
    The volume of B2B (Business-to-Business) transactions is much higher than the volume of B2C transactions. [1][2][3] The primary reason for this is that in a typical supply chain there will be many B2B transactions involving sub components or raw materials, and only one B2C transaction, specifically sale of the finished product to the end customer. For example, an automobile manufacturer makes several B2B transactions such as buying tires, glass for windscreens, and rubber hoses for its vehicles. The final transaction, a finished vehicle sold to the consumer, is a single (B2C) transaction.
    B2B is also used in the context of communication and collaboration. Many businesses are now using social media to connect with their consumers (B2C); however, they are now using similar tools within the business so employees can connect with one another. When communication is taking place amongst employees, this can be referred to as “B2B” communication.

  53. So true Larry, watching your children play/chauffeuring them to xyz is a “time limited offer”.Your post reminded me how easy it is to moan and forget to enjoy the present moment. Mine dont even play sport these days, so I am glad we have those early childhood-teen memories of netball and athletics, rounders matches, choir and music practices. Yep..they grow and each growth cycle is a lesson in mindfulness and the joy in being present and enjoying being together..even if only on the sidelines. Thanks and enjoy the last few games and I’m sure y’all be watching Olympics!
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  54. kathy867 says:

    Staying positive when things around you are completely discouraging can be extremely difficult. But, it is possible to practice on focusing on the positive and the inspiring rather than feeding only the destructive to your mind. Changing your thought patterns can change your perspective on things and help you look at them more positively and enable you to achieve success in your personal and professional life.
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  55. So true! Our kids needs to feel that we support them in their dreams and wants.
    Great job daddy!
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  56. You are true at that when the you have the teenage boys who love sports, you better get ready for the great outdoors. It increases their capabilities and also it is fun.
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  57. What a timely and bittersweet reminder, Larry. Even when you’ve figured things out, life has a way of slipping past you.

    Sorry – on the subject of taxes and bookkeeping, I keep coming up empty handed. Maybe that’s why super-creative people tend to hate those topics – few other things stump their creativity like that!