Saturday, March 29, 2014

Does acting for pure self-interest work in your best interest?

by Aymara Lorente

The way I see it, it does not work at all, mostly because many of the individuals who, consciously or not, follow that practice are seeking instant gratification. They do not believe in the process of getting somewhere making sacrifices, being patient, following rewarding logical steps.  I have seen the results of that selfish, rude, and immature rush many times.
Some people always find themselves choosing the easy, unscrupulous way of getting what they want no matter what.   When you go through life moving pieces indiscriminately, swimming against the flow all the time to get your way, you will feel empty and unsatisfied most of the time. These individuals frequently get the opposite of what they were looking for.  It is the way this world works because God always lets us know that, sooner or later, there are consequences to everything we do.   However, the unselfish and natural acts you perform, without even thinking, will bring goodness to you.  I am a believer because I have had evidences of that through my life.  And that is true not only for your personal life, but in any job or creative project you want to accomplish.
There is space for all beings in this world, and a path for each person as well.  Skipping precious moments or trying to take people out of the way does not lead you anywhere. It could make you feel a winner for a few insubstantial moments, but it will not last.  Acting just for self-interest will not make your life better or spiritually richer, and it will never make you feel proud of yourself.  On the other hand, when your acts do not involve ulterior motives, the results will always bring you surprising satisfaction and happiness.


Friday, March 14, 2014

An early present for Pisces

By Aymara Lorente

           To Pedro, on his birthday, with love and admiration, and to Mr. Lehrman, with deep gratitude.

Lewis E. Lehrman had no idea Pedro’s birthday was coming up.  What he certainly knows about is his love for books.  People at work see him with one of those in his hands almost every day.  Pedro reads every chance he gets.  He loves good literature, and those who appreciate it too, commend him for that, Mr. Lehrman among them.  He commented to Pedro the other day about his admiration for his commitment to reading and his love for literature.  And he asked if he could give him some books about American history.  Of course, Pedro said yes.  He also offered to rebind the old dictionary he always has on hand.  Pedro was touched by those gestures, especially coming from a person he respects so much.

A couple of days later, he got a package at work containing three wonderful books, but the huge surprise came when he saw Lewis E. Lehrman himself was the author.  These books are a deserved homage to the founding fathers of this country, and to Abraham Lincoln, a Republican president who we admire because he stood and fought for human justice, against slavery, and to keep this great country united.  I am sure these books are going to help us understand better the facts and principles on which our country of adoption was created.

Pedro brought the books home, and, when we read them, they will be placed with the best pieces of our modest, but always growing home library. They came just in time, before his birthday, and, for many reasons, they will be treasured forever.  To us they are a special gift from this historian, a writer, an American patriot, a thoughtful man.

photos by Aymara Lorente