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The last day of my life

To value more your own life, many recommend keeping a gratitude journal. They say (and I corroborate), that it gives very good results as far as its objective is, to acquire the habit of being a more grateful person. Many experts in the field of psychology and psychiatry praise this practice for its ability to increase our sense of fulfillment and happiness. Through my experimentation with it, I found an unexpected treasure in my path. I realized that the things I was grateful for had a message in common. Using that knowledge I unconsciously began to describe how I would like the last day of my life to be. So I had the opportunity to fantasize about it, to anticipate it. Why do I have to wait for those last moments to acquire the ability to consciously squeeze everything out, if I can do it now? As ironic as it…

Believe in yourself and you will make this world a better place

The more people I meet, the more I’m fascinated by the human being. It is exciting to hear people’s stories, their dreams, their problems and their concerns. You realize how amazingly similar we are even though we strive to reinforce what makes us different. However, there is one thing that always causes me some sadness when I connect with someone. It’s when you sense that they’ve thrown in the towel. When, once again, they’ve settled for life. There is enormous potential in every person. We are all unique and special, but most of us choose to lead comfortable lives that don’t cause us many complications. In general, the road most traveled tends to be the easiest road. So, when I interact with someone who seems to have made the same decision, I discover a voice crying out in despair from within me: Wake up! Can’t you see how great you…

Trust each other

Confidence. How much power lies in this word. It is curious that as much as we hold this term in such high regard and is so ingrained in society, there are not a few people I have met along the way who seem to be afraid to trust. Indeed, some have warned me that my interactions with others tend to be too innocent. They say I “trust others too much. But how much is too much? That observation gave me pause to reflect and question what is really true, whether I should take their advice and be more… cautious? distrustful? How would you explain the distrust? It seems like a clever way of saying be on the lookout. But alert to what? Is it more accurate for my own good to expect the worst from others, just in case? By thinking this way we are unconsciously putting into practice the…

Green life

Every word would fall short in trying to describe you, in trying to express the admiration I have felt for you for some time. You are life and at the same time you flood life with colour and beauty. You have had the courage to conquer every matter on this planet and to shine as if there were no tomorrow. Without you nothing would be the same. You have accompanied me faithfully throughout my life. I can’t imagine myself without that gap you filled. You inspired me, made me dream and gave me wings. You ended up shaping my path and showing me the direction I should go. My passion for the green, for the animated and inanimate in that dance of life and surprises that invite discovery has decorated each of my steps. And they were beautiful! I chose to dance them by your side and to open myself…

Make space for what you care about

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to tell myself that I’ve spent too much time in contact with nature. The more I might regret not spending more moments and experiences with her. And she calls me, boy does she call me. I hear her voice constantly, wherever I go. When I find myself overwhelmed or uncomfortable and realize that I have been within four walls all day, I look for her. She is always ready to welcome me with open arms. If I go too many days without attending to her, I don’t usually feel well. It is also curious that the quality of my time with her increases considerably when I enjoy it in solitude. Accompanied is always a beautiful experience to share, but the intensity of the connection is not the same. It is in those moments of solitude that you come to such deep reflections as…

Go back to what makes you to be yourself

Defending your authenticity is a courageous playing field. In a society where homogeneity and uniformity are dictated, it is not easy to hold on to what makes you who you are. Human beings move constantly consciously or unconsciously from fear and when it comes to external opinion this reaches its greatest magnitude. We deal daily with the need to feel loved, appreciated, valued, recognized. In our inner self we do not only want to show others that we are worth and that we are somebody, but we also want to show ourselves. It is paradoxical, to say the least, that these insecurities of becoming people worthy of being remembered in life, of living exemplary lives of which we are truly proud, often lead in the opposite direction from our authenticity, which is the only thing that can ultimately lead us to walk these paths. I too have fallen into the…

Share what you are passionate about

You’d be surprised how emotional it can be to hear someone speak with passion. Have you ever had that opportunity? If you don’t remember any, you haven’t. These are things you don’t forget. You may have been able to forget some of the content, but not what it made you feel. The subject matter is not really relevant if the person was speaking from the heart; it can make you fall in love with anything. That’s the power of feelings and words. There are few things that give me more satisfaction than talking about what makes me feel alive, awake, excited, full of curiosity and energy. That which empowers me, gives me fire and drives me on the days when I feel most lost. Personally, I find great joy in sharing my emotions for nature, for the conservation of the environment and its knowledge; it gives me life to know…

Make suffering your best lesson

When you love something with your heart, you always have to learn to deal with the fear of losing it. That strong connection once established doesn’t come cheap, you pay a high emotional price. I remember myself as a child reading books about endangered animals like the black vulture, the monk seal, the bearded vulture or the Iberian lynx. The last pages of those books were accompanied by invitations to help, you could see pictures of people working for their conservation. I was lost in my imagination then, dreaming that I was also one of them and dedicated myself body and soul to protecting these wonderful creatures. I also remember the helplessness I felt on many occasions, my fear that they would disappear and be forgotten, that I would not have had time to recognize their greatness as it should. As a result of the accumulation of these readings, I…

Always accompanied: key to dealing with humanity’s problems

When we face problems of colossal size such as climate change, the fight against social inequalities or the defence of human rights, one must have an integrity worthy of admiration. Why? Because I do not yet know anyone who finds it easy to assimilate the worrying situation we are in, who wants to involve himself in it and who does not pay a certain price by carrying this weight on his shoulders. It is said that an African proverb says “if you want to go fast walk alone, if you want to go far go with others”, and I firmly believe in the message it aims to convey. If we think about it coldly, no matter how much we want to and how powerful a human being can become convinced of a good cause, our capacity for action is much more limited if we intend to be lonely warriors. This…

Love of nature

As a nature-loving person, I used to be ashamed of my species. I thought that human beings were the worst form of life on this planet and a condemnation of it. He was one of those who only saw the world tinted black, even though there had always been so much light around him. Because in the end your eyes see only what you want to see. I was not yet aware that my attitude only made the problem worse. It took me a long time to understand that, however much we have been taught otherwise, this is not a world of good and bad. It’s a world of people. People with struggles, overcoming and fears, but also with stories, joys and dreams. Lives that deserve to be shared and from which there is always something to learn. My need to point out culprits in the face of environmental deterioration…

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