Be young

Being young is one of the most precious treasures we can have in life: to be able to make mistakes, learn and be hungry for the world. The akward stage of our existance allowed us to grow up, to know other people and experience new things.  It gave us that crave to make a change, to stand out by doing something we like, and also to be admired, recognized and taken seriously.
All those things youth has we must never forget to make a life worth living. All the adventures, dreams, projects and needs at that time were our nourishment for what makes the world spin.
Now children are afraid to dream because they fear failure; they use their energy on things that keep them from being realistic; the think they deserve the world without owning it; they have excuses to avoid doing the impossible; and they confuse love with likes and fame. Let’s teach them to be young with our youth.
How to remain young:
  • Energy: We own the world
  • Dream: Everything is possible
  • Love

Do for others what you want them to do for you

Most people complain about the lack of education or about the fact that there is no sense of sensitivity when it comes to treating others. The young don’t pay attention to other members of society; they are so selfish that they can’t even see outside of them.
If we eliminate civics and humanities from education programs, we cannot be able to be better as a society, we can progress in material things, but improving? Only by educating in arts are we able to expand our horizons and lead by example.
If we are wating for others to help us, to be nice or to be there for us, no one will do it. If we don’t show them how to do it, they won’t.
We need to show our values without fear of what they will say of us; show them how much you care for others with actions. If you want respect, then respect them first. Want to be tolerated? Tolerate them. Need to be listened to? Listen. Want to have an opportunity? Give them. Love? Love them first so they can love. Lets act according to our wants and needs so that the world knows how to treat us.

Be simple

When we talk about knowledge we think we need to have lots of evidence to prove ours, even if they don’t see our workplace or our house, we can. A philosophical way of living is the cynics whom left all prejudices society has and to live simply with what we have to be happy.
Life can display a lot of goods and needs we think we have, but when we think about what we really need, we realize that 80% of those things are a luxury. Do we really need the ultimate cellphone? And video game? 3 watches?
When we simplify our existance, we can take things for what they are instead of suffering for the next big thing. Marketing isn’t to blame, it is us with our lack of control that keep on feeding the need for acceptance.
Stop acting like you need everything, begin to like what you love. Instead of focusing on what you need, focus on loving what you have; be clear with yourself and simplify your existance; detach from what keeps you from being happy; don’t feed on criticism; and nourish yourself with your happiness.
If we are true to ourselves then we can choose how, why and with whom to live our life. Make the right choice by being simple, be realistic and true to what you are and can do.

Forgive to be present

The movie The shack talks about a girl who is abducted while being in vacation with her family. The father is distracted by his elder children when his little girl is taken away from him into the forest. Time passes and we see how the family has fallen apart and the only thing keeping them together is the mother.
Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat……Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established………Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. But should they finally confess and repent, you will discover a miracle in your own heart that allows you to reach out and begin to build between you a bridge of reconciliation………Forgiveness does not excuse anything………You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and the second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you will realize that you have forgiven completely. And then one day you will pray for his wholeness…
Sometimes we think that our sadness and our pain cannot be controlled o relieved. That is true, nobody can feel how we feel, not even in our pain. To talk about it may calm us but it will never go away if we are not willing to let it go.
Anger is the right response to something that is so wrong. But don’t let the anger and pain and loss you feel prevent you from forgiving him and removing your hands from around his neck.
Forgiveness comes when we are able to let go our pain by releasing the other that harms us. It is one of the best acts we can do in our life, to let go off the past so we can live in the present and build our future. The pain we feel shows low self-esteem, to relieve  it will help us regain our confidence. Dare to be happy, let go.

FELICIDADES PAPÁ

No sé cómo decirte lo que traigo en el corazón. Lo más fácil es como lo hacen todos, sin cuestionar nada: Feliz Día del Padre. ¿Pero por qué? No es que no lo sienta, lo que pasa es que no me gusta hacer las cosas nomás porque sí.
Recuerdo cuando era pequeña, tú trabajabas todo el día, llegabas a comer, descansabas un ratito y te ibas otra vez. Cuando albortábamos mucho mis hermanos y yo, mamá siempre nos regañaba, nos decía que nos calmáramos para dejarte descansar. Otras veces, ante alguna travesura, o algo que no le gustaba a ella, siempre teníamos la amenaza: “Si no te portas bien se lo voy a decir a tu papá”.

De esta manera aprendimos a tenerte miedo. Cuando en la noche regresabas a casa, todo cansado, mamá te recibía con las quejas de nosotros, y tú, nos llamabas la atención para que le hiciéramos caso, que nos portáramos bien, la ayudáramos en todo, hiciéramos la tarea de la escuela. Y cuando las cosas eran más grandes, tu voz se convertía en un trueno provocándonos miedo, pues amenazaba las nalgadas. Pero ahora que recuerdo, casi nunca nos pegabas para corregirnos.

Los domingos era lo que más me agradaba, como días de fiesta, tú le ayudabas a mamá a arreglarnos, me gustaba me cepillaras el pelo e hicieras las colitas, aunque no te quedaran parejitas y apretadas. Después de desayunar todos juntos, nos íbamos a misa y luego nos comprabas un cono de nieve o una paleta. Jugábamos en el parque. Acabando la comida te ibas a la cama, me acostaba contigo, te abrazaba y nos quedábamos dormidos.

El tiempo pasó, me llegó la adolescencia. Me chocaba mucho que mamá siempre estuviera con la misma canción: “Vas a ver con tu papá”, para controlar mi rebeldía. Por eso no te platiqué nada de mi primer novio, tenía miedo de que me regañaras y me dijeras que no tenía edad para eso. Cuando él me dijo que ya no seríamos novios, el corazón se me deshizo. Por aquel entonces casi no hablábamos entre nosotros, controlando mis lágrimas para que no me delataran, fui, te abracé y me quedé dormida junto a ti. Cuando te levantaste me desperté, me preguntaste qué me pasaba, te dije que nada, tus ojos penetraron en los míos, tu mano acarició mis cabellos, las lágrimas brotaron junto con la confidencia. Me escuchaste con mucha atención, tus palabras tranquilas me consolaron.

Ahora ya estoy en la universidad, estudiando lejos de ustedes. En mi vida solitaria he podido aplicar todo lo que me enseñaste, entiendo por qué no debo regresar tarde a casa, mantener todo limpio y arreglado, hasta cambiar un foco y el tanque de gas. Pero sobre todo la fe en Dios, solo me daba cuenta que los domingos íbamos a misa, pero ahora distingo que tu vida era congruente con eso, pues siempre fuiste justo, a pesar del cansancio y las cosas económicas que te agobiaban, eras feliz. Nos enseñaste lo que es el amor y la auténtica vida de familia. Haces el bien a todas las personas que te rodean.

Siempre que te necesito ahí estás, a una llamada telefónica de distancia. Tienes la palabra exacta para cada momento en específico, a pesar de que hablas poco. Aunque eres hombre sabes muchas cosas de mujeres, con lo que me aconsejas perfectamente sin ser un sabio. Por eso les digo a todos mis amigos que eres un padre a toda madre.

Phillip H. Brubeck G.

A superhero Greek tragedy

Ancient Greek tragedy has represented human destiny as something that is unescapable and we are condemned to follow. Modern times add superheroes in this life of contradiction where humans are able to do great things but at the same time the worst. Ares the god of war seems guilty of the disruption among men when in fact power and control takes what is greatest in them: love.
Ares: Mankind is condemned by themselves. I didn’t need to fight I just inspired them ideas and they began war. That is what they do.
In the time of superheroes where world’s problems are the only thing that is mentioned. Surpeheroes have always been disruptive in society and we cannot forget the women’s representative with the first female superhero.
Queen Hippolyta: I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within. I learnt this the hard way, a long, long time ago.
She doesn’t need to be saved, nor is she in distress; she isn’t uncapable to defend herself, she doesn’t need someone to tell her what to do. She knows right from wrong and her duty is to save the world. She may be capable to do the impossible. Daughter of Zeus, raised a warrior to protect and maintain peace, but when it come to humankind, her biggest lesson is not war which is what she was raised for.
Diana Prince: I used to want to save the world, to end war and bring peace to mankind. But then I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learnt that inside every one of them there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves – something no hero will ever defeat. And now I know… that only love can truly save the world. So now I stay, I fight, and I give – for the world I know can be. This is my mission now, for ever.
The movie understands humankind with all its flaws and perfection which is what makes the world spin.
A new journey to be started.
A new promise to be fulfilled.
A new page to be written.
Go forth unto this waiting world with pen in hand, all you young scribes,
the open book awaits.
Be creative.
Be adventurous.
Be original.
And above all else, b
e young.
For youth is your greatest weapon, your greatest tool.
Use it wisely

La importancia de las mascotas (6 películas)

Hoy en día las mascotas han tomado un rol muy importante en la sociedad, sin embargo, desde que los hombres eran nómadas los hombres han sido acompañados por los animales silvestres que poco a poco fueron domesticando. Una vez asentados los hombres comenzaron a cuidar a cierto tipo de animales hasta hoy en día.

Hay mascotas para todos los gustos, muchas de ellas se vuelven más que un animal sino como un amigo. El cariño que nos brindan y su compañía nos lleva a aprender acerca de la importancia de convivir con los demás, la fidelidad y la maravilla de su naturaleza.

Muchos escritos a través de la historia nos llegan a sugerir que copiemos las cualidades que los animales tienen: “ser astuto como zorro”, “sigiloso como serpiente”, “rápido como liebre”, entre otras citas que van desde la Biblia hasta la fábulas de Esopo.

Las siguientes películas nos enseñan cómo las mascotas viven y el efecto que tienen cuando estamos con ellos, incluso ¿por qué nos duele tanto cuando se van?

Una aventura extraordinaria

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You know, my father was right. Richard Parker never saw me as his friend. After all we had been through, he didn’t even look back. But I have to believe there was more in his eyes than my own reflection staring back at me. I know it, I felt it, even if I can’t prove it. You know, I’ve left so much behind: my family, the zoo, India, Anandi. I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go. But what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye. I was never able to thank my father for all I learned from him. To tell him, without his lessons, I would never have survived. I know Richard Parker is a tiger but I wish I had said, “It’s over. We survived. Thank you for saving my life. I love you, Richard Parker. You’ll always be with me. May God be with you.”

Siempre a tu lado: Hachiko

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Ronnie – 11 years: I never met my grandfather, he died when I was just a little baby. But when I hear about him and Hachi, I feel like I know him. They taught me the meaning of loyalty. That you should never forget anyone that you loved. And that’s why Hachi will forever be my hero.

Marley y yo

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John Grogan: A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?

El libro de la selva

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This is the law of the jungle, it’s old and it’s true as the sky / And the wolf that should keep it may prosper, but the wolf who will break it must die / For the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

Tu mejor amigo

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Bailey: Have fun, obviously. Whenever possible, find someone to save and save them. Lick the ones you love. Don’t get all sad-faced about what happened, and scrunchy-faced about what could. Just, be here now. Be. Here. Now.

Animales fantásticos y en dónde encontrarlos

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Newt Scamander: We’re going to recapture my creatures before they get hurt. They’re currently in alien terrain surrounded by millions of the most vicious creatures on the planet; humans.

Todas esta películas nos enseñan que los animales no están para ser torturados, abusados o son propiedad del hombre, sino que nos sirven de apoyo. Te recomendamos verlas, no importa en qué etapa de tu vida con tu mascota estés, ellas nos enseñan a ser mejores si se los permitimos.

Simplify man!

Hi. My name is Wade and Jimena asked me to contribute something to her blog.  One of the recent posts there,(or here) is about poverty leading to simplification.  I dis/agree with Jimena in/on so many ways/points. This recent post though has special meaning to me, which you will discover soon. Most importantly, I think where we disagree is in the wording, though, not the spirit of the idea.  Let me give you my perspective on this, then you can take both and put them together for a richer experience

Today, my eye doctor told me that the pressure in my eyes was way too high and it was dangerous and might eventually cause blindness, because that’s what glaucoma does.  Now, I do understand my doctor’s point of view and tone. He’s a specialist and  a bit of an alarmist. It’s what he does, and what he is.  My wife says all specialists are alarmists…and she’s right. Be it an ophthalmologist, or a philosopher, a teacher or your mother, there is a certain expertise and gravity to that “it’s dangerous and you’ll go blind” that, when spoken in a serious, direct tone you just can’t ignore.  There’s also your inner voice that sounds more like a shrieking child…Oh My GOD! I’M GOING  BLIIIIIIIND.  Unfortunately, you can’t calm that voice.  You can suppress it, but it resurfaces from time to time; like every twenty minutes or so.  

It acts much like an internal censor, really. It’s constantly there to ask me if I shouldn’t be out seeing something like staring intently at sunsets, reading every last word I possibly can, or admiring the alluring feminine.  But what, REALLY should I be looking at?  My wife’s beautiful eyes or smile?  My cats sneering grimace, or her tiny little paws?  The picture of my mother and father that was taken before my father passed away?  No.  I will always have these things.  The important things never die, nor will I stop seeing them in my mind.  And this, I believe, leads to the point Jimena would like to make.  Some things are important, others aren’t.

Generally speaking, material things aren’t so important, but if and/or when I am no longer able to see, there will be some things I won’t be able to use again and much more that I will.   First, I can kiss my convertible sports car goodbye. Of course, I am convinced lots of other drivers in Guadalajara have gone blind, and I don’t think anyone would notice me as I go weaving around the periferico.  The car wasn’t that important to begin with, but it was fun.  That’s probably the most materially useless thing I own. Other things, though have been important to me and I will miss them, like my cameras.  

 

I was a photographer at one time in my life (I thought I was pretty good at it), and I while I still can see, I do imagine the world as a collection of pictures. I even try to see things like I would as if I were still a photographer;  by looking for the perfect composition of a photo.  That part of my identity will be  gone forever, and I will mourn its loss.  But, before I do lose my sight, I want to finish a documentary video project I am working on. I will need my cameras for that.  Remember, if you have expensive stuff make sure you can do really big things with it.   By big, I mean important.  By important, I mean meaningful. By meaningful, I mean not just for you. Share what’s meaningful for you.  And what’s meaningful and important to me is the rest of what I have.

Besides my clothes, I have a couple of guitars and a set of drums.  Well? Think about it, eh?  I can play those instruments without seeing. I play in two bands.  I like the drums in particular, and I am beginning to come around to the idea that my voice isn’t that bad.  The best part for me has to be the sharing and the teamwork that we as groups have.  I don’t need vision to have good timing or to fret a chord correctly.  If I go blind, I won’t be wasting time on Facebook, YouTube or other video/social  things.  I will be practicing and listening, talking and singing.  Did you notice, though? I don’t need too many material things to get me working with the elements that are already part of my very being. If you think about it from that perspective, of what your soul requires, then you already have a good idea of how to simplify.

 

I love to cook.  Not because everything I make is great (though I am probably better at it than you would imagine), but because I love building and making things that I and my wife and friends can enjoy together.  I only need a good sense of smell, taste and  touch to cook. Cooking feeds me my family, friends, and my soul.  My soul also loves to express itself, so I love to write.  I learned to type when I was younger, so, I can do that by touch and not  looking at the screen anyway.  I have been writing as long as I can remember, so it’s something I have earned over a long period of my life. Again, it’s important to my being, it’s not a material thing, and I plan to continue writing even if I do go blind.  

 

Now true, guitars and instruments are expensive, and so are things for cooking.  I go for good quality, not necessarily a name and I spend generously to have what I want and need. The truth is this:  these things have very important jobs to do in the future and therefore are super important to me. For these things, money’s no object.  Finally, the rest of the things i own just don’t matter.  I won’t need my watch.  I won’t need my big screen TV’s.  I can sure as heck do without a laser printer.  I am not sure I will really need my tablet devices or my appledroid phone, nor will I need to be the sharpest dressed person.  (If I am blind, I will probably only care that I am properly covered, not perfectly matched and colored).  Nor will I need many other material things. In short, I will only need the things that nourish my soul and those of my loved ones and friends.  Anything else will be a waste of time and money.

 

And so, to conclude, I don’t think Jimena and I are too far apart here.  I can’t possibly make you see (no pun intended) from my perspective, but I would ask you to at least think about what’s truly important to you. If you can find those things, you will very quickly lose your desire for the material things in life, and start living your life in a big, important, meaningful, and sharing way.

Wade Alley

Trust yourself

Nowadays we are seeing too many posts everywhere that hint us to follow someone or believe in “a new way science” that has discovered a new way to do things or to make your mind about something specific. We are being attacked with information that makes us change the way we see life, problems and situations around the world and ourselves.
This influencers have taken us to another level that keeps on finding new ways to proove they are right so you can join them. Maybe we are all trying to share a good message and every 5 seconds we have a new method, idea or philosophy that contradicts the previous one. But what to believe? Who to follow? The problem is not the information we have, but the contradictory information one site has. If you see many pages talk about body-shaming or against discrimination but the next article goes “lose weight and find your beauty”, or women are the next big thing #women power but the next news we get is “be a goddess in bed”. So which is it?
All this information that we receive must be filtered and the only person that can do that is YOU. We are capable to discriminate the information we read and what we like; the steps are easy:
1. Read and question why you liked or didn’t like it.
2. Is it helpful?
3. Does it make you a better person?
4. Share it to make a change in someone you think will like it.
Be aware of what you publish, it may go viral but not for the right reasons.

Que te valga

¿Cuántas veces no hemos sido presas de la sociedad? Se nos impone una moda, un comportamientos, un pensamiento y una forma de ser. Que si no has visto este programa, si la película está mala, si no usas ropa de marca, si no has ido a tal lugar, si no viajas o te la pasas trabajando. Todos estos juicios acusatorios que nos terminan ahogando y terminamos por rechazar lo que somos con tal de pertenecer.
Buscamos ser cool, tener lo que está de moda, ir a los lugares más populares, utilizar un lenguaje que no es del todo adecuado, escuchar y bailar a la música con la que no estamos de acuerdo. Pero como todo el mundo lo hace, pensamos que nosotros también debemos hacerlo. y hay algo que no nos termina de gustar.
Constantemente nos comparamos con los demás, si tienen lo que está de moda, si no lo tienen, si es chafa, si no es original, si reacciona de un modo, si actúa de otro… En fin, nos desgastamos observando a los demás y a nosotros mismos, pero al final del día ¿con qué nos quedamos? Como con una especie de vacío que quisiéramos llenar. ¿Cómo?
No es que nos guste llamar la atención, sino que buscamos ser apreciados por los demás por lo que somos y no por lo que tenemos. Esto es, que añoramos ser auténticos pero en un mundo en donde todos buscamos ser originales pero copiando a los demás. Lo que hay que hacer es que te valga, así es. A esta altura de tu vida ya sabes lo que te gusta y lo que no, en lo que estás de acuerdo y lo que estás en desacuerdo. No necesitas que alguien más te lo diga.
Despréndete de todo lo que te estorbe para ser una mejor persona, no busques ser apreciado por los demás si tu mismo no te aprecias. Si lo que haces te gusta, hazlo porque te hace feliz.