TICOS PACE is a lifestyle…A knockout combo of “pura vida” and let’s get stuff done! And to help me explain…a little story I call…
Stop Working Like a ‘Gringo’
It was the summer before his junior year of high school and the summer before his first job. Alcides (Owl-See-This) attended a small private american school in Tres Rios, Costa Rica known as Marian Baker School or MBS for short. That upcoming school year the school would participate in two Central American Sport tournaments. Since Alcides’s only reason for attending school in his mind was to play sports, there was no way he was going to miss the chance to participate. However, since his mom could not even afford to pay the tuition, paying for two tournaments was out of the question. So, that summer Alcides would work the grounds of his school inexchange for payment to his beloved AASCA tournaments. After completing day 1 of work …he quit. Or at least that’s what he told his mother. The manual labor was some sort of cuel torture and physically could not be sustained the entire summer -I was such weak sauce haha- Spend 6 hours pulling the mower up and down those hills, then when you finish, sand some chairs, then sand some rusty chain link fence (cause you going to paint it later), then when you are done, keep going. Then, won’t you know it, the grass would grow back and the whole process would repeat itself. No way…this was not possible, not for Alcides. Good thing Alcides has a wise mother…wise enough to keep him in that school even though it was well beyond her means. She looked at him, smiled and calmly stated, “Stop working like a gringo.” Her advice was to slow down the pace and enjoy the process. When you finish one task, take a breathe, be proud, take a walk, and then when you feel ready return back to the next task. Alcides returned the next day and applied the “TICOS PACE.” He survived the summer and made it to his beloved tournaments a little stronger and a bit wiser.
Mom encouraged me to enjoy the process and work at a pace that was sustainable…a pace that would allow me to complete my task with more focus and enjoyment along the way. In her view “gringos” or people from the states have an excellent work ethic, but almost to the extreme, so much that many forget to enjoy the process and lose sight of what really is important in this life.
TICOS PACE is a lifestyle of dedication, focus and balance. Follow me as I do my best to apply this easy going and focused perspective. I feel very proud of everything I have accomplished thus far, knocking out each goal I have set for myself. Now after some TOE (Time on Earth) -30 years-I have some stories to share, opinions to make, and guidance to provide.
This is a lifestyle blog…on teaching, coaching, sports, travel, dog ownership, movement, fitness, food and so much more. It’s my art of happiness and crushing your goals while laughing and having a blast along the way…oh and you look and feel good too. Let’s do this!