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August 13, 2007

Passion keeps the fire burning

Filed under: Life — Debbie Rodrigues @ 7:44 am

MudeI have just read this interesting article on the Six Sigma Blogs and the topic inspired me.

Generally, when one hears the word “passion”, the association with an intense relationship becomes almost immediate. Even though it does apply to the word, one can also feel passion for his or her hobbies, family, and why not saying, work, as well.

There is Brazilian writer called Edson Marques who won a prize some years ago with a poem with the refrain: “only the dead don’t change”. Surprising truth, isn’t it?

Many of us get scared when they think that some situation might face a turn at some point and there are those who even run away from living (meaning having a social life and any type of closer relationship) just to avoid the changes and instability that they cause.

Closing oneself might be an “easy” solution as it requires little to non-effort to self-development, but it is also a short-term answer to a deep-rooted situation.

Now, changes are a reality at work. Modern methologies reinforce the need of keeping “energy flowing” in order to acquire more success and profit. They change even winning teams when these changes lead to larger growth.

If variation can work wonders in your professional life, why not implementing some in your personal routine too? You don’t have to leave your family, move to another city or bald your head (unless that is what you want, of course). But I am pretty sure that if you stop for a minute or two, you will see that there are a lot of things you can do to freshen up your life. Don’t look for radical things unnecessarily. Just keep your eyes open for the world around you, have passion for everything you do and don’t be afraid to live. You won’t regret it!

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August 8, 2007

Babies are not toys

Filed under: Life — Debbie Rodrigues @ 8:23 am

Baby & TV

Maybe some will say that I am not in state to make any comment on the subject because I do not have a child my own. However, there are reasons for that that go further beyond me wanting to have a “life”.

I have just read a very interesting article on Time concerning all those videos and DVDs that supposedly would make toddlers smarter than the average.

To me, the whole thing begins in why people have children anyway. There is nothing bad in having them, but are the parents prepared emotionally, psychologically, and mainly, financially for the step they are taking?

It shocks me to realize the effect that the pregnancy of some famous personality or that any (disturbing) delivery program has on people. Sometimes it seems to me that people simply are out of their minds and that probably the excess of so-called “reality” shows brought people too far away from true reality.

Babies are cute and everybody knows that. The thing is: babies grow and become adults highly influenced by their early years.

How can someone think that the companion of a TV-set or of a computer screen will substitute the loving and caring presence of the parents (yeah, parents! Leaving with the toddlers with the neighbors, grandparents or babysitters might sound like a smart solution, but it does not take the responsibility of the progenitors)? Later, when a teenager commits crimes hiding him/herself behind the influence of games, society believes it and even feel sympathy for the lost soul. Has anyone ever checked the way those criminals were raised?

Let’s face it: why having a baby when you are going to leave the poor thing to be raised by a machine? Is it the way you would like to live: surrounded by screens, rarely having any contact with real people? Healthy people are able to develop themselves healthy. Becoming smart is part of the process.

Unless you are ready for the commitment, willing to take turns necessary to create a positive environment for the human being you are bringing to the world, think carefully about it before having a baby. There is much more involved in raising a child than just changing dippers. 

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August 5, 2007

Pet love

Filed under: Nature — Debbie Rodrigues @ 1:14 pm

I adore animals. They are so easy to understand and to deal with.

An animal does not have two faces. It is what it is. Reacting according to the environment around it, but always sincere to itself, its origin and instincts.

In terms of pets, cats are my favorite by far.

It is true that a dog is not an option when on lives on a (small) appartment. You have to think about the animal and take its needs in consideration. Having a nice garden where it can play is not luxury.

Not that cats don’t need their “space” as well, still… it is different. They are more independent and deal better with the idea of staying home alone better than most dogs I have seen so far.

Needless to say that I do have a cat and its name is Soubi. It is a street cat that I adopted a little more than two years ago. He is mostly black having some white hair under his kin.

I am not going to say how much I love it because you probably have already noticed it. Soubi is really sweet in spite of not being social at all. He is shy.

Soubi is my little baby and I do just like any other proud mother: I love taking pictures of it.

This week I decided creating a set only for him on my pro Flickr and little by little I will be adding old images of him there as well.

August 05, 07 - Soubi

This a brand new one I took this morning and which is also available on my Flickr.

I will surely be sharing more from him soon.

Take care.

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