1.2.3. Forgiveness, Pineapple & Heavy Weights



Forgiveness: A very powerful and important thing in the restaurant business and life in general. But I’m not talking about forgiving other people. That’s easy for me. I’m talking about forgiving myself.

Everyday I struggle with thoughts that beat me up. My mind is full sometimes of should and could. I am the hardest on myself and I tear myself up because of conversations I could have improved on, praise I could have given, more gratitude, or simply a pizza I should have made better.

I preach forgiveness and wash away any wrongdoing by others very quickly, for the most part. When it comes to myself though, there is a double standard. I push myself down and it doesn’t help anyone.

I have to continuously remind myself that I am here to make mistakes, learn from them and let go.

The present is all we have. The past only holds weight if that’s where I am living. Forgiveness is the best. It’s a relief from so many things and something everyone is deserving of. Especially ourselves.


Let’s revisit this little ditty about why pineapple belongs on pizza.

Put peanut butter on your pizza, there is no wrong way to live!


The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi

A lot of the time I find that people struggle with forgiveness because they consider it a sign of weakness. Believing that carrying around this weight in their heart somehow gives them an upper hand.

I carried a lot around my first couple years owning my first restaurant. It took some working out, but I am much better now at forgiving as quickly as possible to lighten my load.

Resentment, anger, and sadness are very heavy weights. For some reason we allow ourselves to walk through life with all this pain instead of confronting the problem with this one thing: forgiveness.

EXTRA SLICE: Just a classic tune, from a classic film, that’s fun to watch during a magical time of the year.

Love, crust, and pizza dust,

Alex Koons

Enhance Your Pizza Game

Get new recipes, videos, and lessons from the front lines of the restaurant industry in your inbox every Wednesday. It’ll be short & sweet and filled with tasty content to enhance your pizza game. Hope to see you there!


Related Posts