Friday, January 1, 2010
Happy New Year!
On this first day of this new year, two thousand ten, I am GRATEFUL for ALL experiences in my life: good and bad. I am GRATEFUL for all people in my life: my parents, sister, all of my family, friends, teachers, co-workers, and everyone that has ever entered my life. I am GRATEFUL for hearing and learning about the stories, struggles, and successes of others. All of these components have shaped my life and have helped me to be the man I am today! I am GRATEFUL to GOD for allowing me to be here in this moment at this exact time in this space!
To all beings of this Universe. I wish you a PROSPEROUS, HEALTHY, PEACEFUL, LOVELY, JOYOUS, WONDERFUL 2010!
May GOD keep you in his tender care!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Standing on Morro Dois Irmnos (Two Brothers Mountain) looking out towards the horizon, where the sky and the ocean joined together as one, continuously, I repeated the following:
I am limitless, fearless, and I am a force of GOOD!
These words I OWNED! They became ME! They WERE ME!
“Are you scared?”
“Are you nervous?”
“Youre not going to outrun me are you?”
“Look, I'm not going to doing ANYTHING that might or will cause you or me harm in anyway. My life is in your hands, and more importantly, it is God's hands that both of our lives are in!”
This was the exchanged that occurred on December 31, 2005, on Morro Dois Irmnos (Two Brothers Mountain) in Rio, between me and my hang gliding tandem flight instructor, Eduardo. I choose this day, the last day of 2005, to go hang gliding. This day was to be symbolic for me. It was the last day of the year (2005), and I was going to jump off this mountain, sailing into the New Year (2006). What a way for me to end one year and to begin another. Effortlessly, I thought this to be. WELL, it almost didn't happen. This last day of the year was so beautiful. The sun was shining brightly, 80 degree weather, I was in Rio de Janeiro, what could go wrong? The wind! The wind on top of the mountain was a tail wind (coming from behind the jump off ramp). This wind could cause a glider to crash into the mountain. A north wind (front wind) was needed for a glider to sail.