Pondering 2006

This year has been one of the craziest I have ever had. In many respects I feel like I have closed a chapter in my life. No, it was not that I ended a relationship, but that I have finally decided that what in consider normal is ok.

I have spent so much energy in my life trying to fight against the current and thinking that if I changed, I was going to make others around me happy. Friends and relationships suffered because of it, mostly because when you are not true to yourself, change is never real or long lasting.

I lost a lot this year, but I think what I gained was more valuable. Experience does not come cheap and every single day I gain more and more of it, even if it comes at a high price. I guess that is what growing up is all about. Those we thought we knew, are nothing like what we had envision… those we thought we did not know at all, end up being the ones that were true friends.

The things I have now are more important than anything I have ever had before.

At the end of this year I end up closer to my family than ever, also reconnected with some friends I never thought I would see again. I am starting to find myself again and I can once again look at the mirror and see myself. It has been a while since I recognized that face looking back at me.

Pre Xmas Feast!

Come play the Friday Feast!

Appetizer
What is one of your Christmas traditions?
Opening presents on the 24ht at Midnight is one of my family traditions.

Soup
Who is the easiest person on your list to buy presents for?
I am not sure, but I think my niece is the funnest… I always like to give her something educational, not sure what it will be this year.

Salad
What is your favorite Christmas scent?
Colombian dessert, Natilla. It kind of smells like pumpkin pie.

Main Course
If you could give a fellow blogger a Christmas gift, who would it be and what would you give them?
Everyone I could affor a flickr account, they rock.

Dessert
What’s something on your Christmas wish list this year that you need (not just want)?
I don’t have a Xmas list this year, however I need a lot of stuff for the house so I guess that would probably be the things that I really need.

Holiday Pangram

The Flickr Handwriting Meme Pool I started is going strong with over 900 members and many bloggers accepting the meme challenge. It is simple, if you want to play all the rules are here. You do not have to have a flickr account, but flickr does RULE. I made a pangram for the holidays! Play! Enjoy!

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This I believe

NPR (National Public Radio) has a show called This I Believe. It is a series where people submit an essay about something they truly believe, and if they get picked, they get to read it and it gets produced to go on the air.

I have wanted to do an essay for that show for quite some time. I just have a really difficult time finding what subject to do it on. I have so many things to talk about and my belief structure is full of very strong views. Here are some of the titles that I have thought about.

I believe…

My Grandfather was my Mentor
Teachers Shape a Society
I Have Two Cultures
Colombia is Beautiful
My Morals are my Religion
Martial Arts Centered Me
Personality Shaping
The U.S. needs “Ganas”

Maybe I should start developing some of this into entries here before I write the final essay. It would be really cool to make it into the show, but more importantly to find a subject that truly describes who I am. I am not a complicated person but I can be multifaceted. I have incorporated many aspects from different cultures into my belief system while adhering to both the American and Colombian cultures. The who I am and what I believe come hand in hand. At the same time I want to stay away from just using labels as communication tools for what I believe. I want the essay to be something that truly shows as much of who I am as a whole and not just a side of my personality.

Which one of those titles sounds more interesting to you? Do you think any of those might be a better start to “this I believe” than another? Should I podcast them instead of posting them here?

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El País me hace sonreir!

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El País, ambos el periódico y mi país me hicieron sonreir esta manana. Abrí la página del periódico y me encontré las siguientes noticias.

Miles de paramilitares podrán obtener indulto

El Gobierno autorizó por decreto el indulto para miles de paramilitares desmovilizados y les otorgó la condición de delincuentes políticos, pero excluyó a los autores de delitos atroces o de graves violaciones contra los derechos humanos, entre los cuales hay algunos comandantes que el jueves comenzaron a declarar ante la Fiscalía. (Lea Mas)

En ese país hermoso en el que nací, parece que las cosas están cambiando. En parte por Uribe, pero sobre todo por las ganas del pueblo de salir adelante. Mucha gente fuera del pais no entiende que nosotros como Colombianos nos sentimos orgullosos de nuestro país y lo queremos sacar adelante.

Crecimiento histórico de economía nacional

Según ese organismo, dicha cifra consolida tres años consecutivos de expansión a tasas superiores al 4%. La inversión y la demanda jalonaron el crecimiento. La entidad destaca los avances contra la inflación y el mejor clima de negocios. (Lea Mas)

Este ha sido un ano histórico para la economía de Colombia. En el proyecto he puesto bastantes artículos que han estado mostrando como la economía Colombiana está saliendo a flote, poniendo al país como líder de progreso en América Latina. Una econoía fuerte va a sacar a mucha gente adelante; lo importante es recordar que hay que invertir en la comunidad para así no sólo asegurar nuestro futuro ahora, sino también el futuro de las generaciones que vienen.

Basílica de Buga empieza a celebrar su centenario

En la eucaristía, que se realizó en la Plazoleta de Lourdes, se anunció la apertura de la indulgencia plenaria, privilegio especial concedido por la Santa Sede y que empezó a regir ayer y se extenderá hasta el 14 de diciembre del 2007. (Lea Mas)

Tengo unas ganas inmensas de ir a la Basílica de Buga. Desde que era nino, veía con mucha reverencia este templo y cada vez que he estado ahí, he sentido una paz enorme. Si alguna vez tiene la oportunidad de visitar Buga, verá que no le miento cuando le digo que es una de las experiencias más espirituales que puede uno tener en la vida.

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