Monday, January 29, 2007

Te deseo lo suficiente

Una historia para comenzar la semana en reflexión:

Hace poco tiempo cuando estaba en el aeropuerto escuché por casualidad a una madre e hija que se estaban despidiendo.
Cuando anunciaron la partida del vuelo ellas se abrazaron y la madre dijo: "Te amo y te deseo lo suficiente"

La hija respondió: "Madre, nuestra vida juntas ha sido más que suficiente. Tu amor es todo lo que he necesitado. También te deseo lo suficiente". Ellas se saludaron con un beso y la hija partió.

La madre pasó muy cerca de donde yo estaba sentada y noté que ella necesitaba llorar. Traté de no observarla para no invadir su privacidad pero ella se dirigió hacia mí y me preguntó: "¿Alguna vez se ha despedido de alguien sabiendo que era para siempre?".

Sí, lo he hecho - respondí. - Perdón por preguntar - contesté -, pero ¿por qué esta despedida es para siempre?
Yo soy una mujer vieja, y ella vive muy lejos de aquí. La realidad es que su próximo viaje será para mi funeral.

Cuando se despidió de ella escuché que le dijo: "te deseo lo suficiente". ¿A qué se refiere?

Comenzó a sonreír. Eso es un deseo que hemos transmitido de generación en generación. Mis padres solían decirlo. Ella hizo una pausa y miró hacia arriba como si tratara de recordarlo en detalle, luego sonrió aún más.

Cuando decimos "Te deseo lo suficiente", es que deseamos que la otra persona tenga una vida llena de SÓLO lo suficientemente bueno para vivir. Entonces, dirigiéndose hacia mí, ella compartió lo siguiente como si lo estuviera recitando de memoria:

"Te deseo que tengas suficiente sol para mantener tu espíritu brillante"
"Te deseo suficiente lluvia para que aprecies aún más el sol"
"Te deseo suficiente felicidad para que tu alma esté viva"
"Te deseo suficiente dolor para que las pequeñas alegrías de la vida parezcan más grandes"
"Te deseo que tengas suficientes ganancias que satisfagan tus necesidades"
"Te deseo suficientes pérdidas para que aprecies todo lo que posees"
"Te deseo suficientes bienvenidas para que logres soportar las despedidas"

Luego ella comenzó a llorar y se alejó

Monday, January 22, 2007

Things aren't always as they appear!!

I received this from a good friend and couldn't resist to post it to start the week with a good laugh:

A woman was flying from Seattle to San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.
Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind.
A man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight. He could also tell she had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, "Kathy, we are in Sacramento for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?" The blind lady replied, "No thanks, but maybe my dog would like to stretch his legs."

Picture this: All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane, wearing sunglasses and with a Seeing Eye dog!

People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!

True story.... Have a great day and remember...

THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS AS THEY APPEAR.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Bienvenido a este mundo Diego Andres!!

FELICITACIONES ANDRY Y ANGELICA,

Esta semana pasada nació en la ciudad de Barquisimeto Diego Andrés, hijo de mis queridos amigos (y AIESEC alumnis también) Andry y Angélica.

Que Dios los cuide a todos y los llene de salud y bendiciones
Diego Andres

Holiday Adventure - How do you pull it off?

So how do you cover over 3,000 Kilometers of road in two weeks in a trip that involves 6 adults and 1 child? My word of advice would be, you go online as early as possible to look for the biggest car available for a good price, agree long time in advance what you want to do and where you want to go, get at least 2 responsible but crazy enough persons with a driver's license to drive the car, and gather as much patience as possible.

In our case my oldest sister and me were the drivers, I got a great price for a "Mini Bus" (Mercedes Van for 9 persons) and a tom tom GPS, and trust me on that one the 12 Euros a day ARE WORTH IT!!!

The Mini Bus in actionMini Bus and my momtomtom GPS

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The start of the Christmas Holiday adventure

Well it is hard to get all the holidays into the blog, specially when it requires reviewing over 3,000 pictures; but I will do so in the next postings.

It all started here in Brussels so I decided to post some pictures of us enjoying the light show in the center, my sister investing her first Euros in Godiva's Hot Chocolate in the Grand Place, a toast in our place and us opening the Christmas presents.

Now the tradition is that you do so in Christmas Eve, but as we were starting to travel on the 18th, we had to move everything forward, and of course Daniela started enjoying hers as soon as it was "ON", now we are having concerts at home every now and then ;-D

Hot Chocolate in Brussel's Grand Place
Marche de NoelReunion ToastDaniela's close up
Daniela and GrandpasOpening the PresentsDaniela Enjoying her present

St. Michels Cathedral

Plaisirs d'hiverPlaisirs d'hiver 2

Sunday, January 14, 2007

06 Holidays

Finally things are starting to settle down and now I can start blogging about the last amazing holidays which ended one week ago.

It all started on December 9th when both my parents arrived for a 1 month and a week stay in Europe, I had to work for one more week and then both my sisters arrived on the 16th and 17th. On the 18th we rented a "Mini-Bus" and started the 2 weeks long trip that took us through: Nuremberg, Prague, Munich, Zurich, Geneve, Lyon, Dijon, Auxerre, Paris and back to Brussels just in time for New Year's eve.

I will be blogging about it in the next weeks with pics, stories and much more from each location, but for the time being I will leave you here with a map of the little over 3.000 Km trip and a special thanks to each of the travelers for making it as special as it was.

Europe Trip 06