My brother passed away 21 years ago to the day and just two days before his passing we had a very long telephone conversation. I did not know it then but he was saying goodbye. We talked about everything. The one thing that still resonates is what he said a few minutes before we finished our long talk, “You only live once kiddo.”
I am reminded every day that life is too short and that we must live the present, the now, mindful of what matters the most to us. We must make time to look at the view and relish the beauty right smack in front of you. Learn to shut-off the electronics for a while and use the time devoted to keeping up with your Facebook posts to actually talk with you family members. We post the most attractive messages to share with friends but how often do we say those sentiments face to face. Out loud?
I painted the following and called it happiness. Take a deep breath, and be happy. Don’t wait until tomorrow because “you only live once kiddo” and life is too darn short. Peace!
This is the translation of a poem I posted a while ago, the title of which is Happiness. I hope that you enjoy it and pass it on to your Spanish speaking friends. I had to take a break recently because of my brother’s passing. He was an artist and lover of poetry so I want to dedicate this first translation in Spanish to him. I know that he is free of pain now and thus most likely happy.
La felicidad se acercó un día
Y comenzó a caminar junto a mi
No esperaba en aquelle momento tan preciso
que me alcansará para pedirme todas mis penas
y tantas lagrimas ya derramadas como un monte de arena
Tomó todo y lo pusó en una bolsa gigantesca.
Me recordó de todas las bendiciones
Que he tenido en mi vida
Como mis hijos queridos,
Mis dos nietos y nietecita bella
El gran amor de mi esposo
Todo lo que me ha traido gozo.
Me dijo que siempre escogiera ser feliz
Porque la alternative sería sólo mi decisión
Y por qué ser negativa cuando se puede ser más positiva?
De repente el sol parecía brillar más que nunca;
Y los parajitos cantaban tan espectacularmente.
Me fijé más cuidosamente en las sonrisas de la gente.
¡Y decidí escoger la felicidad como mi constante acompañante!