I remember a friend of mine who suffered a congenital illness and his body presented some deformities that made him feel bad. Especially during his school years for his classmates were very mean to him. He suffered a lot for that and he decided he would begin a quest to find perfection.
If he had not a perfect body, he would find perfection in other areas of his being. So, he decided to practice several sports so he could get a better physique, and he became a good boxer with great muscles. He even represented his country in the Olympic Games.
But he did not feel that his quest was complete. Having a strong body and Olympic medals was not enough and he told me he did not feel even close to perfection. Continue reading →
People are nowadays living as fast as they can. It seems like a speed contest to see who the first to reach the highest level of stress is, in the shortest time possible.
They tell us to be passionate about our work, our activities and relationships, passionate about living our life to the fullest. That is brilliant, but I am seeing people who in order to feel they are passionate about their lives are entering a self-centred world of their own.
We do not need to be so radical about our actions. We can be passionate and at the same time share that passion with others. Continue reading →
It is amazing when you compare the differences between several concepts that I thought were a little more “standardise” like “success”, “beauty”, “good”, “evil” and so on.
For some strange reason I always thought we all shared the same concepts on many subjects, like the notion of “good” for instance. It was years later when having to interact with people from different countries as a visitor and observer, that I had my first “cultural shock”.
So maybe the ideas are not that different, but our interpretations are. What my community considers a crime, a different culture considers it as something normal, even logical. Continue reading →
When was the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror and liked what you saw?
I was joking yesterday with my daughter about a Japanese legend called “口裂け女kuchisake onna” (slit-mouthed woman) it’s about a woman wearing a surgical mask who appears to children and ask them: “Am I pretty?” If the child answered “no” she killed him with a pair of scissors she always carries with her, and if the child answered “yes” then she removed the mask and they could see that her mouth was slit from ear to ear and then she asked: “What about now?” If the child answers no, he/she will be cut in half. If the child answers yes, then she will slit his/her mouth like hers. Continue reading →