Only One

matches-last-chance-7403129Without exception, we all live one day at a time. We can’t use nothing but one hour…one minute…one second before it’s gone for ever. Putting it all together it’s what we call “life”.

Since I am traveling tomorrow and it will be almost a year before I get to see family and friends here in Mexico; I have that “last-day-feeling”. It makes a difference in my actions, my speech, my thoughts, reactions, decisions, etc. All of me has this intense concern on what I do today.

The fact of the matter is that today is no different from any other day. Today is today. It is not yesterday and it cannot be tomorrow. For me and everyone is the same; Today is our only one day to live.

The challenge for me is to live every day, every hour, every minute and second of time to the fullest and with passion. I only have one.

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Published in: on February 1, 2018 at 6:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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IBCM6

ibcm6-logoThe sixth International Brethren Conference on Missions (IBCM6) was June 22-26 in Rome, Italy. It is an event held every four years and this year there were 700 participants from more than 100 countries. For me it has been an experience that has touched me deeply and the lessons and memories will stay in my heart. My personal journal, notes from the conference and many pictures will help my memory to continue enjoying the taste of the exposure I had to the wonderful strong bond of the Holy Spirit making one church, one body from every nation, tribe and tongue with one mind and purpose, in sweet fellowship and singing praises to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; like someone pointed out, a preview of heaven on earth.

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Of course, to have sweet fellowship with 700 brothers and sisters with different languages, cultures and traditions for one week it’s possible. I am sure if we would have to stay longer it would need some effort and much love to keep the sweetness in the atmosphere. In any case, people was the highlight of the event. I don’t want to forget the testimonies I heard about my brothers and sisters suffering and giving their lives for their faith in the Lord Jesus; which makes my silly complains about some minor details in life, like delayed flights, tasteless food, too much traffic, music preference, look at them for what they really are, irrelevant and insignificant.

Here are my Facebook albums for IBCM6 and Sightseeing in Rome.

Published in: on July 2, 2015 at 6:38 am  Comments (1)  
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Somewhere else

travel-agents“BEWARE of Destination Addiction:

A preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place,

the next job,

and with the next partner.

Until You give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else,

It will never be where You are.”

Published in: on October 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Trip to Atlixco-Metepec

???????????????????????????????The name “Atlixco” comes from a Nahuatl phrase which can be interpreted as either “water in the valley” or “water on the ground.” Its main economic activity has earned the city the suffix of “de las flores” (of the flowers). Within 15 minutes of Atlixco, you can reach Metepec, a unique place in Puebla where you can go back in time walking the streets, visiting the former textile factory (now Vacation Center IMSS) and village of 100 years old. It is an attractive tourist resting place, combined with fun and a lot of history that marked an important moment in the industrial life of Mexico.

See more pictures in my facebook Album: Atlixco-Metepec

Published in: on January 9, 2014 at 9:23 am  Comments (2)  
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Trip to Cholula

???????????????????????????????The city of Cholula is located in the west of the state of Puebla in central Mexico. Cholula has been declared “Pueblo Magico” (Magical Town) and is best known for its Great Pyramid buried during the Spanish colonization creating an “artificial mountain” to build a church on top “Nuestra Señora de los Remedios”.

The pyramid in its final form is approximately 400 by 400 meters (1,300 by 1,300 ft): It’s supposed to be one of the largest archeological sites. Vestiges of this pre-Hispanic era can be seen through an underground tunnel. There is also an extensive “Altar Complex” adjoining the south site of the pyramid.

See more pictures in my facebook Album: Cholula, Pueblo Magico.

Published in: on January 9, 2014 at 9:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Monument of Jewish Immigration to Mexico

DSC03758On November 14, 2013 the Central Committee of Jewish Community in Mexico unveiled a monument to commemorate 100 years of Jewish immigration to Mexico. The impressive monument which occupies an area of 6 X 6 x 5.10 meters is a creation of architect Jacobo Micha Mizrhai and is located in the beautiful boulevard of the Port of Veracruz facing the sea where the ships entered.

The meaning of the monument: It is built mostly with basalt stone, material used in the old buildings in the Middle East, but of Mexican origin. The stone wall with a series of holes represents Mexico, where it is written with Hebrew letters “Sunrise in Veracruz” On the East side there are 100 blocks of irregular shape passing through the wall and being transformed into hundreds of elongated and refined pieces representing the fruition of the Jewish people in this country.

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ףלא ול-יהיו םישרפו בכר המלש ףסאיו  
םישרפ ףלא רשע-םינשו בכר תואמ-עבראו
:םלשוריב ךלמה-םעו בכרה ירעב םחיניו

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Published in: on December 26, 2013 at 9:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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A Step Forward

The speed at which the year 2013 is coming to an end is faster than I wished. Maybe we had a good year and wished it wouldn’t end or maybe it was a bad year, but still we are afraid of what’s ahead; in any case, time seems to accelerate more and more and nobody can stop it. The only thing we all can do is to move on and proceed following the example of the Apostle Paul:

” Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

So, today I take a step forward and enjoy the journey.

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Published in: on December 12, 2013 at 6:18 am  Comments (3)  
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I loved my trip to Orizaba

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The city of Orizaba is one of the main cities in the State of Veracruz which has a diverse and rapidily changing topography; in only one hour and half and taking the Veracruz-Mexico highway, we went from the tropical coastal plains and beaches from the port of Veracruz to the highlands of the Eastern Sierra Madre Mountains. Pico de Orizaba, (picture above) with an elevation of 18,793 feet above sea level, is the highest mountain in all of Mexico. On a clear day, you can see the snowy peak from the hot city of Veracruz.

I have many memories of visiting relatives in my childhood days. After more than 30 years, I went again this past weekend and I loved it.

See more pics in my facebook Album: Orizaba

Published in: on January 10, 2013 at 9:20 am  Comments (1)  
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One Airport Experience

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Sitting from one place to another in wait for my next flight; I saw a nice expensive cell phone left on one of the chairs among a Starbucks napkin waste.  Nobody was around so I nervously picked up. It had been left forgotten by a traveler in haste going God-knows-where-in-the-world. I sat a little further away to see if someone would come back looking for it. No more than five minutes have passed when I saw a man going directly to the chair with the garbage, his garbage, which by now he threw to the garbage bin. I went up to him and asked him if he was looking for something, but my question was beside to the point, almost inappropriate since it was obvious by his gestures and body language. I proceeded to give it back and quite noticeable was the relief in his face and the rest of his body! He could not thank me enough, we shook hands and disappeared.

Did it cross my mind to keep it? Yes it did. But how could I when I have been in the same situation and wish someone would have done the same for me! How could I when I am a traveler and wish my belongings, all of them, make it with me to destination. I need the same mercy.

This person came back as I was writing this experience in my journal and gave me a reward, but I was already enjoying my reward; the fact that I had made a total stranger happy in his journey. We had not seen each other before and won’t see each other again; all our contact was made of few minutes in between flights, yet our encounter gave us a reason to travel with a smile.

Published in: on December 20, 2012 at 9:59 am  Comments (2)  
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