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A Few Thoughts on Half-Time Breaks

- By Alex Carabi

In soccer there’s a half-time break.

Teams could, if they wanted to, watch Netflix, wait out the time, and then go back to playing as they had done before.

Alternatively, they could just keep playing, acting as if there was no break at all.

But teams don’t view the break as something to get over with, nor as something to ignore.

They use the half-time break.

They ask themselves: Where are we? What do we need to change to achieve what we want? Is this even the game we want to play?

Each individual asks themselves the hard questions, too: What game do I want to play? What do I need to adjust? Is it time to stray from the gameplan and sing to a tune I know to be truer—even if it means going against the grain?

A break is a space between. It’s a nowhere that holds everything to come, a moment in time that bubbles with the possibility of the future.

A break is not nothing.

It’s a pregnant pause that determines what comes next.

The future becomes what we make it. It’s the result of the seeds that are planted today.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

How will you use the half-time break?

Will it be nothing but a break?

Or will it be the start of everything?

This is the moment.


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