Saturday, October 30, 2010

Inspire someone to do something today.

I really enjoy reading Dr. Wayne Dyer - I am currently reading his book called "Manifest your destiny."

He also wrote "Motivation is when you take hold of an idea. Inspiration is when the idea takes hold of you."

We are all inspired to do something.

Over the years I've learned that words can't somehow magically inspire someone.

I believe people can only motivate themselves from within.

Although one can't instill "motivation" into another.

We can try and find it in them and call it forth.

I also live by another nugget of advice...

"Tomas, always lead by example!" a great man once told me back in Hinesville Georgia.

That man also cheered us on one cold Georgia morning and said, "Perspiration never killed anyone!" while we were on our 50th push up...

That great man was General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

Advice that has stayed with me to this day.

Make it a great inspirational dia!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Release and share it... it will make it stay.

"When you are content to simply be yourself and don't compare, everyone will respect you." - Lao tzu

The good that is in all of us - the core of our being - the good that belongs to you will never leave you.

How will you empower others today?

Trusting that you have so much more to share and that you will never lose your true essence.

When we are selfish and cling to something we end up losing it.

Releasing it and sharing it... will make it stay.

Make it a great dia!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

On the way to good mourning...

We all experience grief, loss and mourning.

As you know my family's been traveling that path since July 28th.

We all have experienced loss or have been around someone who may have.

Somehow we know to empathize and acknowledge the pain but keep it at a distance.

It is only when we are faced with our own loss, that it becomes much more personal in spirit and a process we are forced to endure.

We rarely turn to a clinician or some sort of psychiatric treatment, one filled with anti-anxiety or anti-depressant formularies. 

The moment we are beset by the suffocating gloom of life's shrouded desolation...

 We lean on that one shoulder, the heartfelt love and the solace of a friend's or loved one's compassion to help us through our darkest night.

Its a path that we are all destined to follow at some point in our lives.

How we travel on this journey and whether we are resigned to the loss or abruptly put on an unavoidable path - we have a choice of sorts.

We can travel alone or with the solace and comfort we will find in others.

I can only tell you from my experience that the burden you will carry, if shared with a compassionate soul or a caring heart will undoubtedly make it feel lighter.

If you can allow them to shoulder some of your pain, it will really help in alleviating some of it in you.

You must reach a point in time when its best to open up your fragile heart and allow them to enter or risk being all consumed with pain.

The indescribable pain you feel; because of the loss you've suffered, is a horrific suffocating sensations that will seem to accompany you from sun up to sun down.

You must try to be open to talk about your loss.

To have those tearful memories come forth - and the pain drawn out.

Allowing the unimaginable achieve reality. 

We all know or have read that it is typical to experience denial, anger, depression, and self-blame at such a time.

The loss and the mourning you are enduring will one day transform and provide you with the comfort, consolation and hope that you seek.

I invite you to accompany me on this blog as we share that journey.

One which will one day lead us to understanding, peace, and healing.

It won't be easy.

I know that there are no quick fixes or easy solutions.

It is a journey that we will take together, sharing our tears along the way.

A melancholic pilgrimage to a "better mourning", and a new path.

A path on a journey that you do not have to take alone.

Today I ask you to join me in route to that place where HOPE never died, COMPASSION never slept...

and where LOVE is eternal.

Make it a great dia!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Do it anyway...

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it... Think of it always."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Quite often we don't think that what we do is important.

Often a lot of what we do may not feel important.

Maybe it may not look important...

Just remember that someone somewhere respects and appreciates -

that you still continue to do, what you do.

Make it a great dia!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Time washes away by the bucket fulls...

We have less time to live than the years we've been alive.

We are not 15 or 20 or even 28 any longer -

Whatever your age, it is time to take note - 

To begin a new -

To assess just what we've done so far -

To plan out the next 5 years.

Time waits for no one - or like my Viejita used to say, "Time is washed away by the bucket fulls."

Today begin a new habit, pick up a new book, begin to exercise...

Maybe learn to hip hop, or a new song, take an on-line class...

It's time to try something NEW!

Make it a great dia!

Monday, October 25, 2010

You will not fail...

We all experience trying times – some of us a lot will experience truly difficult or painflul times.

To overcome any obstacle one's mindset must be set on never giving up.

I believe that we all have the inert power to manifest the postive in our lives.

I always begin by making a pact with myself.

One where I tell myself each morning upon awakening outloud, "Buenos Dias WORLD, I will never give in."

Even if I am blindsided or hit so hard that I end up literally on the ground.

I tell myself, "I will do all I can to stand back up."

If some of you are fortunate to never have been in a funk or a tough spot - then you really are blessed and fortunate.

For the rest of us - you have to envision yourself in a deep hole.

It's dark and uncomfortable and it seems like there is no place to go.

Then add to the scene with a bright light shining all around you and see yourself  triumphantly climbing out.

Yes, we have all been there.

Athough Life’s trials may tear us down - remember they are all temporary.

Fateful tribulations may conspire against us but we have to keep on going.

We have full control over our lives -  we can manifest our own destinies.

In LIFE there will always be obstacles as well as battles to fight.

We won’t win all of them but, you have to go in always giving it your best.

In the end you will experience the "audacity of self will."

Laying the foundation for the fight ahead and never having given in.

In the end you will not fail, because you never gave up.

Make it a great dia!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Goodbyes are not the end.

Certain farewells can be harder than others.

Even when we have to part and know that in our hearts that somewhere in the future that we will meet up once again.

Farewells can still be bittersweet.

Especially if we have to part unexpectedly.

Then the farewell takes on a different dimension.

The reason it hurts so much to separate unexpectedly is because our souls are somehow connected.

Our heart refuse to let go and that's what makes it painful to let go.

In the long absence our hearts are in pain and tears cascade and fall uncontrollably.

But goodbyes are not forever.

Goodbyes are not the end.

They simply mean I'll miss you

Until we meet again!

Although my family is grieving we are on to a road of peaceful mourning.

Make it a great Domingo and dia!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Keep your eyes on the summit...

This is an old story told to me by my dear Kickapoo friend Don Ramulo in the tiny settlement of Tamichopa.

There was once a young Tamichopa named Katuy who was famous for his attempts to climb the great mountain to the East.

Katuy had tried to climb it at least 10 times each winter, but each winter he had failed.

He always began the climb quite rapidly, with an eye to the snow high at the top.

He dreamed about the wonderful view and the feelings of freedom he would certainly feel - if he ever got to the summit.

But as he had done each time, he would grow tired and weary and start looking down at the ground and his old worn boots and sigh.

The only thing that surrounded him were hundreds of magnificent clouds.

He also understood that today he would not enjoy the view from the top.

He would find a large rock to sit on to rest; catch his breath and then start the long descent back to the village.

As expected his fellow villagers would be greeting him with jokes and ridicule.

Katuy knew it would be another humbling experience for him once again.

One of those times as he was about to try "the climb" and he was stopped by old man Pesiquia (the medicine man) of Tamichopa.

He had witnessed Katuy’s many failures.

Yet it was Pesiquia who had most encouraged Katuy to try again.

This time he gave him some black framed Rayban sunglasses, saying, “If you begin to lose your will or if your feet start to weigh you down just put them on.”

Pesiquia then added a word of encouragement and said, “Remember these are special glasses and they will help you reach the top every time.”

Katuy accepted the gift and tucked the glasses away in his satchel.

Without giving them much importance he ran off to start his climb.

Half way up the mountain his boots started to feel heavy and soon his feet were throbbing with pain to the point where he could not take another step.

Then he remembered the black framed Rayban’s.

The pain was still there and very painful, but looking through the dark sunglasses he could clearly see the snowy Summit at the top of the glasses. 

So he was forced to look through the top of the glasses and he kept climbing.

In the past his bad luck appeared again right in front of him in the form of clouds.

This time they were not as thick and he could still see the Summit!

Katuy continued scaling upward past the clouds, he even forgot his feet were in pain and before long he had reached the top!

The pain and time spent climbing had all been worth it!

The sense of triumph was incredible, almost as incredible as the wonderful mountain top view.

There he stood embraced by the silence as he towered over the hundreds of smaller mountain ridges surrounded by a dense sea of white clouds.

Katuy did not remember the clouds ever being so thick; then he looked at his sunglasses carefully and understood everything.

Pesikia had blackened the bottom half of his special glasses, which forced him to direct his eyes upwards through the top part of the sunglasses.

Old man Pesikia knew that as soon as Katuy lost sight of the summit by getting distracted, he would lose the will to keep climbing and forget his objective.

Katuy now realized that the only obstacle stopping him from reaching the Summit had been his own doing.

He had always become discouraged as soon as the mountains disappeared.

He always got distracted due to his feet pain and grew tired from the climbing and ended up giving up.

This time he thanked Pesikia for making him see that his objective had never been impossible.

His objective had always been in front of him.

He just had to remember to never lose sight of them.  

Make it a great dia!

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's all about how one perceives LIFE.

It is all aboout how one perceives LIFE.

We are surrounded by abundance all the time.

We just need to stop and notice.

And be grateful.

I think you will like this affirmation by Frederick Bailes.  

Read it slowly and allow each word to speak and manifest itself...

Begin each day by reading it before you get on your way to another day and see what a difference it makes....

“This day I move in a bright new world, which is the reflection of my innermost thoughts and beliefs.

Consciousness is the only reality; experiences are only the shadow thrown by this reality on the screen of my mind.

This day I consciously and deliberately align myself with Supreme Consciousness.

It always moves in right action;therefore,my affairs this day partake of that all-inclusive principle of right action.

I am surrounded by a circle of protection; the Knower within me guides me in all decisions;

The Law draws me to those persons, places, and things that tend toward my fullest benefit, and I in turn become a powerful blessing to all whom I meet this day.

I reject any belief in, or fear of, wrong action.

My body is a temple in which God dwells; all of His methods and activities are those of right action.

I welcome every one of these activities and throw myself wide open to them.

Nothing destructive can enter or operate within my body this day, for I am deliberately choosing the most constructive molds of thought.

I wish harm or sorrow to no one this day; all persons wish me well.

My business is indwelt and surrounded by right action.

The Knower in me gives me fresh,vital ideas; I meet nice people, make good contacts,close good sales because people like to do business with me.

My spirit sings this day, for I am filled with the consciousness of Life, a life that is more than physical.

I am tuned into every happy, healthy, successful person this day.

Their thoughts travel over invisible paths to me and mine to them. I draw strength from them and they from me.

I deliberately disconnect my mental pathways from those that are morbid or ugly, for I am alive only to Truth,Goodness and Beauty.

Nothing negative can find a foothold in me this day.

No doubt or fear can attach itself to me.

No accidents or mistakes can occur because I walk in a path of right action, both when I am thinking of it and when I am not.

I release myself and all my affairs this day to the perfect working of that Perfect Law, which turns these thoughts into things.

This word that I speak I speak not from myself.

It is the Word of the great God in me speaking Itself into my experience.

This word has All-Power to fulfill itself in my life and affairs this day.

It is the most powerful word in the universe. I release it to the Creative Law of Mind, fully confident that it is now being fulfilled.”


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Who will you invite to your performance?

They say that LIFE is a lot like an on stage performance.

A performance where we sit at center stage. 

But did you know that we are also responsible for giving out the tickets to our performance and ushering the people to their respective seat.

We also decide who gets to sit in the front row and who really needs to sit within eye distance but maybe further away in the balcony seating. 

You'll soon find out that not everyone has paid the correct amount in positive currency, to have a front row seat in our lives.

We will always have people in our lives that we may need to love but entertain from a distance.

It's incredible just how much we can accomplish when we minimize the time and energy spent with high maintenance, negative and all consuming relationships.

So remember, it is you that is on stage - you have the best view!

Pay close attention to the people and relationships around you.

Learn to quickly discern which ones lift you up and which ones shove you down.

Look to the ones that encourage you but also identify the ones that only discourage.

After each performance you will be able to tell which ones leave you feeling better and which ones leave you feeling worse?

Which ones know and appreciate you and which ones don't?

The more you seek out people that will respect you, can grow with you, give you peace of mind, share their love and gratitude around you...

The easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row.

Moreover you'll know who should be moved towards the back and or the balcony of your Life.

I was always told that if we couldn't change the people that are around us, we needed to CHANGE the people around.

Remember that the very people we invite to our performance will have an impact on our lives.

So be careful and choose carefully those that you are with.

It's your performance and your life...

Remember it's up to you who and what you let in it.

Make it a great dia!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


I’m grateful for the people in my life, my loved ones and even the stranger who was kind to me yesterday.

I was short a ninety-one cents and as I reached for my credit card he quickly offered to pay.

I'm grateful I have challenges in my life.

I'm most grateful that I can learn from these challenges.

I'm thankful that they continously make me a stronger person.

So say THANKS and more often!

The simple act of saying “thank you” to someone can make a big difference in that person’s life.

Make sure you call them, email or stop by to say thank you.

Take a minute out of your life to tell them why you are grateful toward them.

It is important to them and all of us.

We all like being appreciated for who we are and what we do.

Remember it costs you little, but will make someone happy.

And making someone else happy, is contagious and will make you happy.

Finally I thank my loved ones, for all they do to me.

I also thank strangers who’ve shown me little acts of kindness.

I thank God, for the life he’s given me.

I thank people around the world for the things they’ve done to make the world better.

Crazy as it sounds, I also take time to thank myself.

For all the things big and small that I’ve done so far and in a way recognize my successes and accomplishments.

Live a Life of Gratitude!

The thing is, simple acts of gratitude don’t cost you anything.

But they can make a huge difference in someone's life - namely yours.

Make it a great dia!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Being GRATEFUL takes work...

Gratitude is not easy - you have to be tough.

Being GRATEFUL is an attitude that takes work.

You have to be strong enough to be grateful, especially when things aren't going all that well.

You have to be able to stare your problems in the face and say, "It's not over."

To believe that there are better times still ahead.

To try and find something to be grateful for and then be able to hang onto it no matter what.

I strongly believe that GRATITUDE is one of the secrets to being happiness.

I believe that without it, we end up feeling caught in an neverending struggle.

When you're in that struggle, you see everything in bleak shades of black and gray.

You begin to let all sorts of troubles to pile up.

and it that was not bad enough, Life becomes something to endure, rather than enjoy.


Make it a great dia!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jose Elias' American dream.

I love ice cream especially those Mexican natural fruit flavored popsicles.

They are called "paletas" and typically I'll flag down one of these budding entrepreneurs and buy my week's cache of five.

Five you ask? I always buy cinco paletas and then rush home; eating one straight away and then freezing the rest so that I can enjoy these treats the rest of the work week.

After several encounters, I had to know more about this one young man. I wanted to know more about my paletero. Jose Elias is the name of my "paletero" or popsicle vendor who I always seem to run into. 

It may be 105 degrees out, perspiring a storm and red faced from pushig his cart - but Jose Elias always has a big smile on his face.

He is always cordial and enthusiastic about selling his delicious treats.

So when I stopped him a few weeks ago I asked him how his business was doing.

With 25 plus days of over 100 degrees, he said that it was going "MAGNIFICO! Jefe he yelled."

I told Jose Elias that I too was trying to start a business and could use his expertise.

He gave me a big smile and then sheepishly asked, "Senior do you really want to sell ice creams everyday in this 100 degree furnace?" 

We both laughed and I told him, "Well since you put it that way maybe I should look at a different kind of business."

Jose Elias went on to describe in detail how he successfully runs his mobile business.

He said the toughest part had been coming up with the initial investment of $280.00.

Then there was the $150 for the cart deposit, $30.00 for the health license and the other $100.00 for the purchase of the popsicles.

He reccomended that to be a successful paletero one needed a good pair of tennis shoes and two pairs of white athletic socks.

With all the miles he covers you have to take care of your "patas" slang for feet.  

A good fitting baseball cap of your favorite team, "As you can see my favorite team are the COWBOYS." 

Another important piece of equipment is an empty gallon jug that he'll refill with water several times throughout the day.

He said he drank three full gallons each day.
He then told me that he wakes up at 6:00 every day and after eating his breakfast, playing with his son and kissing Claudia his wife goodbye he walks five blocks to a bus stop. 

He takes two different buses to get to the distribution center on the other side of town.

As soon as he picks up his cart...  the cart he says, "Is the cleanest cart on the lot because of the "orgullo," pride that I take in running my business." 

He also added that he must pay a daily cart rental fee of $45.00. 

In addition to paying for all of the merchandise i.e., ice creams, popsicles and sometimes potato chips that he plans on selling that day. 

A single paleta costs him .25 which he turns around and sells for $1.00. 

So after carefully picking through the various boxes of near frozen popsicles, he loads all 250 paletas into his mobile cart and on his way he goes..

He says that watermelon, lime and banana flavored paletas sell the most. 

By 9:30 he is on his way to his territory located about 5 miles away.

His business is not without risks, not always selling your inventory, avoiding getting hit when he crosses a busy intersection, dehydration, sun burn, and sore feet.

He was once held up and the thief took all his money.

Yet he loves his flexible work schedule, selling to kids and talking to all sorts of people throughout his selling day.

He will maneuver into each apartment complex, making sure to ring his cart's bells and also yell his different solgans as he turns each corner.

A single apartment complex might take a half hour to cover but if he is to sell all of his paletas, it is important that he doesn't miss anyone.

At the apartment complex near my home (where I usually meet my entrepreneur) he heads towards the tenants who by late afternoon are hanging around outside their front doors watching their kids play soccer. 

Jose Elias will ring his bell and yell, "Paletas! Paletas!"

The kids are the first to hear his bell and immediately flock to his cart.

Mounting the large rubber wheels they take turns peering inside the two small openings on top of the cart. 

Jose Elias told me he loves his job and that he supports his wife and 2 year old on what he earns.

He said that he works six days a week and up to twelve hours each day so that his family can have a better life.

A life he says that would be much harder and more difficult in Mexico, especially now with all the violence.

His sixty-six to seventy hour week earns him between $700.00 and $850.00 a week.

By averaging almost $13.00 an hour he is earning what he would earn working two full days back home. (The average worker earns $7.54 for an 8 hour day in Mexico City).

After taxes he takes home an average of $600.00 a week.

Jose Elias is ambitious.

He told me that he is saving up to help get his younger brother Alejandro start his own "paleta" business.

His long term plan is actually to one day own several carts out right.

That and buy his family a small house with a backyard so that he can set up a plastic swimming pool for his little boy to play in.

He is proud of his mobile business and it shows.

You can't help but want the best for Jose Elias.

He is a personable young man; whose passion, positive attitude and enthusiasm are contagious.

One has to admire his work ethic and his determination.

I have no doubt that he will achieve his dreams of owning his own business and one day owning his very own "casa".

Jose Elias is living his dream - the American dream. 

Make it agreat dia - and if you see a "paletero" try the "helado de fresa" my favorite.... the strawberry flavored one.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Over the horizon... I see a new day.

I wake up thinking about everything I am grateful for.

So much has happened in just the past four months, my families lost two loved ones Roberto in July and Rodolfo in September to the on going violence in Cd. Juarez across the border from El Paso in Mexico.

We have also lost two precious cousins Maria Elena three weeks ago to a brain aneurysm and just Thursday Angelita to a hard attack after what seemed a miraculous recovery from a subdural hemotoma.

I sit in my garden remembering the many great memories of my loved ones and felt their calming presence.

Today I wanted to express my gratitude to the many wonderful memories and to tell you how much I appreciated and cherished all of you.

No doubt that your spirits will echo in time forever.

I know our eyes are clouded by the many tears we've shed; but I know that the love and hope you've instilled in all of us, will be there when we do stop crying.

Allowing us to continue to see you over the horizon.

And so the cool early morning breeze, here in a distant city...

Brings the voices of the tiny flinches, the calming cooing of the morning doves and the three squirrels that chatter incessantly by the fountain...

All tiny messengers that bring their own messages of tranquility and joy. 

I miss you all - I  know that in my heart we will one day walk together again like we once walked.

I offer heartfelt condolences to all that are left behind, but grateful that in time we will all become resigned to our loss.

Just as they would want us to.

Today I celebrate your lives with the utmost respect and love you all merit and deserve.

Make it a great dia!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

You never blame the seed.

I was meditating in my garden early this morning.

I quickly realized that when one plants a seed, if it does not grow into the beautiful flower or vegetable you expected, one never blames the seed.

Rather you look for reasons why it did not do well.

Could it have been that it needed more fertilizer, or more water, or got too much or too little sun?

You never blame the seed.

Yet when we have problems with a loved one, a friend or relative, we blame the other person.

What if we were treat them like the small seed?

If we knew how to do a better job of taking care of them, they too would grow well, just like the seed.

Merely blaming them for the conflict will have no positive effect, you have to look at what caused it.

Could it be what you did? 

In my experience its better to seek to understand, rather than being understood.

Do not blame, don't try to reason, nor argue - just understand.

Make it a great dia!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Goodbye for now Angelita...

Angelita was thrilled to finally be returning to her husband, daughter and granddaughter and many relatives and friends back home in the Sonoran sierras.

Sadly she never made it.

My cousin Maria de los Angeles or Angelita as we called her passed away yesterday.

She had survived a brain aneurysm and was doing magnificently.

"Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love, time is eternity.
Hours fly, flowers die,
New days, new ways pass by,
Love stays."  - Henry Van Dyke

Angelita was a devote Catholic and loved God and reading the bible.

I was looking for the appropriate verse to add and read Corinthians Chapter 1 13:1 through 13:8 that says,

"If I make use of the speech of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a clashing cymbal.

And if I have a great power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all belief, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing.

And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be sacrificed, but have not love, it is of no benefit to me.

Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride;

Loves’ ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for it’s self; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of malice;

It takes no pleasure in unkindness, but has joy in what is sincere;

Love has the power of understanding all things, to have trust in all things, in hoping all things.

Though the seer’s word may come to an end or our speech fail,

And wisdom have no more value, Love has no end.

Yes Love has no end."

My heart is filled with much sadness, but it is not one filled of despair, nor of loss, and mourning, but one of hope, love, and celebration.

I had the good fortune of spending time and growing up with her.

More important, Angelita was not just my cousin but someone I called my friend.

She was an amazing woman, a good wife, loving Mother, and had a love of life,  great humor, filled with gentleness and kind.

Angelita lived life to the fullest, she took advantage of each and every minute to be there for others and love and nourish their bond.

Though we mourn the loss of such a beautiful person, I will forever cherish the friendship I shared with her and celebrate the time we shared growing up together.

I also believe she would want each of us to continue living our lives in the same manner she did.

She would want us to laugh again, to play "loteria" and "dominos" and to dance more.

And rather than mourn her death, I believe she would want us to celebrate her life.

Angelita was known for being a friend who was always there when anyone was down, to lend a hand when someone needed help.

Quite often to her husband's dismay, because they might not have had it to give.

She lived for her family and loved her family.

She was always there to encourage others especially Aurelia, her daughter and Salomon her son, and was always pushing them to do better and to be the best that they could be.

After all she wanted the best that life would bring for her grown children.

Yet in talking to my dear cousin just a few days ago, she reminded me that for all my concerns of this world, the violence in Mexico, the heartache of losing two family members in the past two and a half months to the violence in Cd. Juarez... that  we all needed to laugh again. 

To always enjoy our time with our loved ones and play "loteria" and "dominos" ( two of her favorite table games).

Probably because she had a knack for always winning.

That is why I choose to celebrate Angelita’s life and not her death.

I’m thankful that her last act of kindness to me was in reminding me sometimes we could all stand to laugh every now and then in this life.

To enjoy this miracle that is our lives, and to see the perfection of the child in all of us:

The child that knows the honesty of love, the kindness of a friend, and the beauty of the spirit within all of us.

And it is that Spirit that is my dear cousin and friend Angelita leaves us, that for as long as we each remember her, she will never be gone from us, never pass away, and never fade.

But, will continue to live in our hearts and minds.

For it's the joyous memories she leaves with us; not the saddness that we are feeling.

Even though our sight may be blurred by our tears of sadness in Angelita’s passing, she leaves us with her loving, living memory in the spirit of everyone she touched.

To Santos, Aurelia and Salomon; I mourn with you in your time of loss and hope that your grief will in time be replaced in time by the precious and happier memories you have of her.

For of my dear Angelita, I can only say, you will continue to live on in my heart and spirit, for you taught me the kindness and love of a friend, and forever touched my life by showing me how to see through the eyes of my heart.

"Though I do mourn for you my friend

And though I may cry,

And though you are leaving me

I do not say goodbye.

For goodbyes mean forever

Yet here you still remain.

Because, forever you will live

Here in my memories,

And forever in my heart

You will remain." - Thomas Barnes

Angelita, I love you and will miss you.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fenix II the sadness and then JOY at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile


"Chi CHi CHi... Le.. Le .. Le.. Los mineros de CHILE!"

And so 22 hours and thirty nine minutes after they begun the heoric effort to rescue the miners, all 33 are now safe and free. 

I was amazed by their ingenuity, their perseverance and of course their ever present sense of hope and determination.

I must admit that I spent the entire day watching and listening to the grateful conversations between the miners and their rescuers and their loved ones and families.

I was moved by the love and gratitude they showed one another and by the hope and faith that they all have been demonstrating throughout this long ordeal.

I was very impressed by seeing their President and first lady there throughout the day, greeting each miner as they came out of the mine.

Moreover, I loved hearing the conversation of the last and final miner Luis Alberto Urzua Irribarren, the group foreman and his rescuers - I sensed his humbleness but also felt his valor and courage.

We all need to see rescues like this to remind us that out of these horrible events can come outcomes without tragedy.

In many ways I was grateful to have watched this and know that my spirits were lifted.

Last night I celebrated with those miners and their families.

They are truly courageous and incredible patriotic.

They brought the country of CHILE together.

And as soon as the last miner Luis was coming up Chile's President led in the singing of "Vamos Chilenos que esta noche los vamos a sacar"... and "sacar" they did.

Then they held their hard hats to their hearts and sang the Chilean national song.

I am grateful that this 69 day tragedy is finally over.

God Bless the Chilean people.

Make it a great dia!

(All these photos came from the