Sourcess of weakness, sources of strength

Sadness makes me weak, so although I know that sometimes one is sad and blue, I try to leave that mood as soon as I manage it, and mostly thanks to a love for life and living. Life is hard, and it gets complicated, so we cannot always depend on things outside to get our energy from; and that is why we know we are alone. But keeping each other company sharing the best we can contribute is cheerful, and gives us inspiration and energy!

I can find evidence for all of this that I’m saying every day, all around. The more people decide they trust people around them, the more they share; and the more they enjoy what they are doing. The more they make the most of living up that instant.

Considering, like Audre Lorde said, “we were never meant to surive,” (my translation of this poem into Spanish is posted in a comment below) this is, yes, precisely: and instant and a triumph over the ever-pervading teaching we get from society that says: we should never trust people, we should hate ourselves and others, we are in this Valley of Tears to suffer.

So the key to better lives and to changing the world for the better does lie within us. If we are pegs that do not work in the machinery, the machinery won’t be making us behave in certain ways, we won’t have to destroy anything, and we’ll be creating new dynamics, new ways of relating to each other that will get the best out of us, not the worst! Like Mercedes Sosa sang, “Hay que sacarlo todo afuera como la primavera, para que adentro nada se muera / para que adentro nazcan cosas nuevas” (We need to bring it all out, like spring, so that nothing inside dies / so that new things are born.)

And that’ll be much more fun!! 😀 ❤

(written inspired by our week full of timed dialogues at plenary!)

PS for Intermedios: the ideas you mentioned on men and women in your performances have room for improvement! 😀 😛 This doesn’t matter for the exam, because we just evaluate your English, not your ideas or ideologies, but it does matter in life…)

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2 Responses to Sourcess of weakness, sources of strength

  1. MF says:

    Letanía de la supervivencia
    Audre Lorde (traducción mía)

    Para aquellas personas que vivimos en la orilla
    sobre el filo constante de la decisión,
    cruciales y solas,
    para quienes no podemos abandonarnos
    al sueño de la elección,
    a quienes amamos en los umbrales,
    mientras vamos y volvemos,
    en las horas entre amaneceres,
    mirando hacia dentro y hacia fuera,
    al tiempo antes y después,
    buscando un ahora que pueda alimentar
    futuros,
    como el pan en la boca de las personas pequeñas,
    para que sus sueños no reflejen
    la muerte de los nuestros:

    Para aquellas personas de nosotras
    que fuimos marcadas por la impronta del miedo,
    esa línea leve del centro de nuestras frentes,
    de cuando aprendimos a temer mamando de nuestras madres
    porque con este arma,
    esta ilusión de que podría existir un lugar seguro,
    los pies de plomo esperaban silenciarnos.
    Para todas nosotras personas,
    este instante y este triunfo:
    supuestamente, no sobreviviríamos.

    Y cuando el sol amanece tememos
    que no permanezca en el cielo,
    cuando el sol se pone tememos
    que no vuelva a salir al alba,
    cuando nuestro estómago está lleno tememos
    el empacho,
    cuando está vacío tememos
    no volver a comer jamás,
    cuando nos aman tememos
    que el amor desapareza,
    cuando estamos en soledad tememos
    no volver a encontrar el amor,
    y cuando hablamos
    tememos que nuestras palabras
    no sean escuchadas
    ni bienvenidas,
    pero cuando callamos
    seguimos teniendo miedo.

    Por eso, es mejor hablar
    recordando
    que no se esperaba que sobreviviéramos.

    (Del libro The Black Unicorn, 1978)

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