Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Inspiration Tree: The Pursuit of Happiness: 15 Lessons to Keep in Mi...

The Inspiration Tree: The Pursuit of Happiness: 15 Lessons to Keep in Mi...: 1. The only person that can ever truly make you happy is yourself. Stop depending on everyone else. 2. People lie, stuff happens. Don’t tak...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Going Back to Move Forward

I spent a week in my native country. As I landed, memories came rushing. My first thirty two years of life came back in seconds; school years, family gatherings, first love, first heart break, my favorite places, cherished memories that helped me in becoming the woman I am today. The purpose of this trip was to spend some time with family and friends before embarking in a new adventure on the other side of the world.

Every single moment in our lives makes a huge contribution to our present and how we see it. As I walked through the old streets where I grew up, I couldn’t help but to feel grateful for those days. Back then I wouldn’t even imagine what my life would turn out to be. There I was, a small town girl who enjoyed the simple things in life; a cool sunrise in the beach, the harmonious songs of the roosters every morning, long barefooted walks on the still moist soil, and the dish soap bubbles thrown to the sky using a hollow tree branch. I am made of those experiences.

Here I am, a still small town girl to whom family and true friends represent the Alpha and Omega. Many experiences have been added to my life story. Many professional credentials rest inside file cabinets waiting to be used only when necessary. Many dreams are still to be fulfilled. However, the smell of fresh sugar cane and my gatherings with that almost extinguished circle of wise women still drive my life. As I get ready to move forward and create a new reality, I had to go back to my roots to realize once more that the core of my true self resides on those days. As my grandmother used to say, “You learn, you grow, and you change but, even when you temporarily forget, you are always what your soul was meant to be.” Maybe it is in going back that we will recover our true soul’s purpose. I know I am ready to start writing some new pages on my book.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Butterfly Effect Movie

The Butterfly Effect Movie: I can count on one hand the times in my life when I heard a story and...could not stop thinking about it! The Butterfly Effect story was one of those times. In a word, it's AMAZING! After watching you'll appreciate how we are all connected and everything you do matters!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wisdom from Women... who Made Things Happen Movie

Wisdom from Women... who Made Things Happen Movie: Throughout history there have been incredible women who have lead us, inspired us and encouraged us to do the right thing. The woman in this short movie all have one thing in common; rather than taking the road well traveled... they decided to blaze their own trail!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Can We Rise from the Ashes?

September 11 2001 caught me in bed while recovering from surgery. I barely watch the news considering them a not to healthy way to start my day but that morning was different. I vividly remember how my eyes couldn’t believe the images shown. The first plane came as a fatal accident in my mind. Minutes later, when the second one hit, I understood that it wasn’t a mere coincidence but a planned attack. It was then, when tears began to fall in horror, pain, disbelieve, hope, and prayer. Anger took over blending with my physical pain. Even though I wasn’t literally born in this country, in many ways I have always belonged to it. It wasn’t about the country but about the people, the suffering, and the feelings of hatred against what this country represents.

As the days went by, I felt relieved witnessing how, maybe for the first time, the whole country was united; no race, religion, or beliefs distinctions. Everyone was holding hands, working and grieving together as one. It is sad that tragedy needs to hit us for us to realize that we are all interconnected, that we belong to each other. Miracles unveiled. Heroes emerged. From the ashes and tears we rose again. At least that’s what I thought. As a response, with all the power of vengeance, we slashed a ferocious war against our “enemies”, thousands of lives have been lost, our economy is crumbling, and our citizens are suffering like never before. Today, ten years after the darkest day in American history, we are facing the same threats. Even worst, those threats are not only coming from foreign countries but from our own.

At the risk of being criticize, today I sit here totally disconcerted. What I thought would be an opportunity to heal and change our beliefs, has turned into venues to create more division, a false sense of individualism, increased rage, and inability to come to terms with the reality that violence could only lead to more violence. For ten long years we have been walking in circles, like the wolves when chasing their prey. Since 2001, we have been dealing with our own feelings of despair and hatred, not realizing that when those feeling are created, waves of energy expand them beyond our physical body touching everything and everyone, replicating and increasing the same kind of feelings.

September 11th changed our lives. We have been living on a high alert mode since then; a cruise control of caution, distrust, fear, prejudice, and a growing misunderstanding of foreign beliefs. What I hoped would be the coming together of humanity has turned into a deeper fault dividing us. Call me an idealist, even an ignorant living in fairy land. Truth is, like all of you, I suffered the tragedy, cried and felt the lost of thousands of innocent people, experienced the consequences, and have seen the results of extremist fanatism. Still, I strongly believe that we have missed a wonderful opportunity to heal our wounds and come to terms with life itself. Yes, we will always remember. However, I am sure those lives lost would feel honored by witnessing our transformation as, not an alienated nation, but as a world united. After all, in life there are some events we can’t control, things we can’t change. Maybe, that tragic day was the sign we needed to raise our consciousness, accept our vulnerability, and become a true example for the rest of the world. Unfortunately, I think we missed it, we are still blinded, and now we are paying the consequences. The good news is that there is always time to make it right before we run out of it and this is our time

Friday, September 2, 2011

Through the Eyes of a Mother


As parents, we always want to give more, do more, and protect more. Still, there are times when we blame ourselves for even the possibility, the vision of what could, might go wrong. I know I have experienced that feeling many times regardless of the support and encouraging words from others. Our world growing up wasn’t perfect but we have an undeniable tendency to wish for a perfect one for our children and find ourselves guilty if it doesn’t happen that way. In many ways, I felt like that until today while watching my daughter. All in a sudden, unconsciously, she made me realized that I have made a great job raising my children; that my mission with them is complete. They have grown to be their own unique individuals. They have learned to manage their lives under their own terms. Through peaceful and stormy times, they have grown to be strong and self-sufficient people, standing for what they believe. They have learned to be people of faith, loving and caring. What else could a mother ask for? In the end, it is not about what others think but about what they believe is good for them. Watching her made me understand that from now on they are in charge of their own lives and I am sure they will know exactly what to do.

There are many purposes in life to be attained at different stages. Although mothers never stop being mothers, my cycle here is transforming. I am looking at a different life purpose now, the one that reaches out further from me and the world that surrounds my true self. It is the purpose of being present, of sharing with others, of seeing and experiencing the many faces and lives of others. This is the stage of giving back, giving to me, and expressing gratitude for all my life’s blessings, which have been many. It is the purpose of opening up to what life has to offer me.

I thank my children for the opportunity of being there for them when they needed me, for showing me the path to true love, courage, persistence, and strength. I am glad that I was the one chosen by them to transit this world. We have done a wonderful job together. Now, we will witness in awe what we are able to do with our own paths.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Life Lessons from Our Puppies

#1 Always look for love as the main source of happinness #2 Stick together as one #3 Get along with others no matter the breed #4 Leave fear behind, Just go for it #5 Size doesn't matter #6 Get angry but know that anger is not the solution #7 Pick up your own mess #8 Always stand by your friends #9 Take plenty of naps #10 Be flexible. Fluidity leads to life #11 Always find time to play and enjoy the simple things #12 Say you are sorry #13 Remember to share and be grateful

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Adultery by Paulo Coelho

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great story by Paulo Coehlo. Real life down to earth characters struggling to find the meaning of life; a mirror of what we all go through day by day. The amazing story of Linda makes us ponder and question. What's life's ultimate purpose? What force moves us? What is it that we should all strive for?

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