Monday, June 29, 2009

Turtle and the Heir "Not the Same Old Tale"

The well known story of the Turtle and the Heir has been around for ages. We all know the main concept to the folk tale. The dedicated and slow turtle pushes and pushes until he succeeds. Overconfident Heir becomes too confident and loses a race meant to be a given task. But what if we considered the story a bit deeper. We all know that without the heir being so overconfident, the turtle would not have a chance in life to beat him right? The famous lesson to learn is slow and steady always preveils and overconfidence can lead you to losses. But again, considering the true possibility of the heir losing is hard to grasp.

What if the true lesson to learn is not what we have been told but to really look at the turtle's capability to block out all that is expected and what seems to be impossible and just tackle what would in most sensible minds, be not worth attempting.

One of the hardest things to do is to block out other's preception of ourselves and what seems to be impossible. One's true achievement is better met by focusing on yourself and not how fast, intellegent, or gifted others are compared to you. Instead your focus should be what you can do at your time and pace. Once you can learn to stop from trying to achieve and compare yourself to others, things seem to happen alot easier. Our Turtle friend in this story was not interested in knowing how fast he needed to go to finish first, he just wanted to get there. And that is the key to achieving. The Heirs abilities and strength were never considered by the turtle since it made no difference to his goals and desires.

This story and its lesson was something a good friend of mine shared with me a few years ago. :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Breathe in the happiness

Peering down from the balcony level that sits right above the pool of the cruise ship I was on this weekend, I got to do some people watching. It interesting to see different characters of people you come across during life that open your thoughts to life and what you have seen and experienced. The cruise was mostly younger individuals. Since the cruise was short and affordable, it made it a perfect vacation for the younger generation. Our destination was the Bahamas, as even though we had been there before, it lent itself to some peace and serenity for my husband and I.

There from that balcony peering down was a group of young college girls dancing to every beat imaginable of this generation. One in particular had such life. The girl was beautiful; she would sing and dance to every beat. She danced with everyone she would befriend on the dance floor. She would close her eyes and take in the music. It was clear she was living the moment.

At 35, I felt I could see my past in her personality and happiness. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not old nor am I a sad soul by any means. But one thing that drives me crazy is knowing the absence of recognition to happy moments when I was much younger. My life has been full of living the moment but wondering what would come next.
In my youthful teens and 20s, dancing was my passion. The music made me breathe in pure happiness. Every step was the opportunity to enjoy my youth but behind that was always the desire to know the next step in my life.

I wanted to grow up to be independent, I wanted to graduate college to get a high paying job, meet someone to have kids. Now, looking back every moment was precious.
This blog will be completely dedicated to the things I could teach my daughter and tell her if I had the chance to do it all over again, what would be the things I would do different.
Calista, remember, life is not about the destination, it’s about the hills and valleys you must overcome to get there. Stop and breathe in the happiness.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Spanish Muscial Rhymes

Recently I came across a musical book that I loved. Its full of all Spanish Rhymes that Spanish speakers came to know and love so well. With the diverse cultures in this country, it becomes difficult to keep ones heritage and slowly younger generations start to loose the little things we came to know so dear.

The book is perfect to sing and read to babies as well as toddlers learning their letter or even those first time readers.

Some of the great songs you get are:

Arroz con Leche

Que linda Manita

Azótate la mocita

Pon, pon, pon

Duermete mi niña

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Penny Worth Millions

A few years ago I met a friend at work that because of circumstances of life we became close. We happened to get pregnant at the same time and we encountered all the ups and down of pregnancy together. Around the last trimester of our pregnancy we would take walks around the office building for obvious reason understood by every pregnant women. On one of those walks we came across a penny. She managed to slowly bend down as any 7 month pregnant women would and picked it up and close her eyes for a few brief moments. I didn’t say anything, I figured it symbolized something to her.

A few days later, again we came across a penny and she did the exact same thing. So I had to ask her, ” Why do you pick up pennies and hold them so dear?” She smiled and said, “I was once told that for every penny that is put in your path its a reminder that you must trust god. Every penny has it clearly written ‘In God We Trust’. So what I do is think of anything going on in my life that is of uncertainty and put it in his hands. Then I grab the penny and keep it to remind me that he granted me the opportunity to know he is there.”I considered it such a sweet story. I thought of it for a moment and didnt think of it again for a few weeks.

About a month later, I had an ultra sound where they mentioned that my baby was smaller then expected. You can imagine the awful thoughts running through my head. I thought the worst and feared the worst. My husband and I left the doctors office in complete silence. As we left our car to walk into a restaurant, the wind blew some type of paper to my feet. I bent down to see what it was and as I grabbed it I noticed it was a twenty dollar bill. I turned it around to make sure it was what I was thinking and the first thing that I noticed was the words in big “In god we Trust”. I thought for a moment on what was most troubling me and felt a sense of peace.

My baby girl was a perfect healthy girl. I hold this memory to be one of the ways he revealed himself to me. Why did the story of my friend mean so much and why right before that happened.

So now every penny I see is a chance for me to know he is there.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cute Kid Response

Ever stop to see the world as a three year old would see it? Its incredible to see how innocent they see the world and how their logic kicks in to come up with such incredible things.

In Florida the last few weeks has been extremely stormy and this year she is getting a dose of what thundering is. Well she kept asking me what seem to be this loud sound that startled her. Trying not to go into detailed since at her age I didn't think I need would need explain the science behind it, I gave her this small little story.

Cali, up in the sky all those clouds are usually very fluffy and white. Lately they have been soaking up a lot of the water from the earth and that is why they are so grey and heavy looking. Since they are so heavy, when the wind pushes them they seem to bump into themselves creating lighting and thunder. So of course her perplexed face sits there thinking of the situation. She then answers, "Well mommy that is what happens when they don't share and take all our water. Now they are big and getting bad booboos."

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cute Foreign Commercial

This commercial is too cute.