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No Hay Rosa Sin Espinas

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Everything that goes up must come down. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never say never. Love all, trust few. All wise words easily interchangeable with this dicho. Their commonality, each warns us about making mistakes in judgment and in life. Yet regardless of how many times we hear these words, or others, we’re still bound to make mistakes.

Nobody can live life for us and rarely do we really learn from the mistakes of others.

It can’t happen to me, that’s their own fault, I’m not going to make that mistake, this is not the same thing – all excuses we use to rationalize our actions when that pesky little voice in the back of our head is warning us something is not right. A lot of times it’s just easier to ignore that queasy feeling. We occupy our time so we don’t have to think about it, and go on with our lives. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that sooner or later our mistakes will catch up to us...
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Ojos Que No Ven, Corazon Que No Siente

Ojos Que No Ven, Corazon Que No Siente | Dichos y Refranes | Scoop.it
How many of us have not used this justification to explain something we’ve done, or are doing, that we know is wrong? Most commonly associated with this dicho are affairs of the heart, but what about the more mundane lies we tell each other on a day to day basis? The so-called white lies we employ perhaps as a nicety, maybe to spare others from grief, or just maybe by force of habit. Do they merit acceptance in our lives?

Over the years I’ve gotten progressively better at the art of fibbing, although my family would definitely contest that they can always tell when I’m lying. And they can! For some reason my nose flairs up, my eyes become larger than what they already are, and a ridiculous smirk takes over my face. Strangers can’t always tell because they’ve not spent a lifetime around me, but as they get to know me better they too eventually concede that straight out lying is not my forte...
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Quien No Busca Amigos En La Alegria, En La Desgracia No Los Pida

Quien No Busca Amigos En La Alegria, En La Desgracia No Los Pida | Dichos y Refranes | Scoop.it
This week someone posted the following popular saying on my Facebook page: you can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. I can’t really attest for the popularity of this statement, but as far as I know it’s attributed to one Dale Carnagie.

Nevertheless, it was wonderfully appealing and helped me cure my minor case of Writer’s block.

Quien no busca amigos en la alegria, en la desgracia no los pida was the first dicho that came to mind. In a nutshell, the loose interpretation would be: he who does not seek friends in good times, should not ask for them in bad ones. Not only because most people won’t give you the time of day if you’ve turned your back on them in the past, but because you reap what you sow. How can you expect me to help you out in your time of need, when you laughed at me in my times of despair?...
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Todo Lo Que Vale Cuesta

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Someone recently asked my opinion of a long-term goal of theirs. As usual, the words I wanted to say did not come out. Instead, the response to escape my lips was the generic kind: of course you can, if you really put your mind to it. Pondering the question more carefully, there are plenty more things to be said.

You know who you are.

My mother once told me that nothing in life is easy. Unconvinced and full of ideas, at the ripe age of sixteen, my mind rejected this opinion. I was the one who began working at the age of 12 selling newspapers outside of grocery stores, later perfumes to my brother in law and cousins. I knew English. I had just signed for my own used car lease. I was the one that was graduating from high school that next year. I was the one having adult sex as a teenager. Who was she to tell me what I could not do in life?...
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Cada Uno Sabe Donde Le Aprieta El Zapato

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Alright, if you’re reading this translation and thinking “what?” allow me to elaborate. Meeting people is a natural part of life – obviously – and, fortunately or unfortunately, you can’t really avoid the act of socializing. Sure some of us prefer it less than others, and depending on our mood on any given day we may be better adept at different times to put up with people. That said, another popular saying closely related to this dicho is you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

But is that fair? Should we really not give others a second chance to make a first impression? I know a lot of people believe that when you are first introduced to somebody, the way in which they act towards you in that first instance is the most accurate representation of who they really are. That may be true. Yet what about when we are having a bad day, when we just got fired, dumped, and evicted on the same day and we just so happen to run into an old friend who wants to introduce us to somebody? If you are blessed with the ability to do an about face and not give any impression of being in a funky mood, I say consider yourself lucky...
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No Hay Peor Ciego Que El Que No Quiere Ver

I never really understood this saying completely. How can someone who is not blind actually see less than someone who is? Well in fact this statement is very true as I have come to realize. Not because we close our eyes and pretend not to see, at least not literally – more so because we choose to see what we want. As when people say Love is blind.

Of course love itself is not blind. If it were perhaps we would have a lower divorce rate and people would always forgive based on how much they love the person who hurt them. We don’t live in a society where everyone forgives. In fact, sometimes the act of forgiveness is viewed as a sign of weakness in an individual. How many men/women have not been encouraged to leave their partners immediately after an infidelity by their peers and confidants without so much as a second thought? Not that in some instances that decision is not merited, but whatever happened to independent thinking and laying all the cards on the table before rushing into a decision. Be that as it may, when we fall in love we are blind...
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De Noche Todos Los Gatos Son Pardos

De Noche Todos Los Gatos Son Pardos | Dichos y Refranes | Scoop.it
We weren’t exactly strays, but we were in the dark in many ways.

That night we made the decision to leave for the city there was nothing but frantic movements. In one instant the sharp pain of my father awaking us with jagged force, the overfilling what little we could into the few bags we had, the hurrying to leave before sunset, all blended together into one drunken blur of adrenaline and excitement. Before I knew it we were on the road going north farther than we had ever traveled away from our sleepy little border town, at least in this direction.

My father hadn’t worked up the nerve to tell his uncle that after more than eight years of working for him and living beside him he was moving us out of town, so we had to hurry up and leave before anyone awoke that morning. We were heading for Houston. My father had a brother there and my parents had enough money to get us there. People said there were lots of jobs there and something called minimum wage. I don’t know if there was an actual plan to what we were doing, but we were told we’d be staying with my uncle for a few days until we could afford a place of our own. I’d never met this uncle, but the excitement of knowing he was somewhere new made me want to meet him...
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La Letra Con Sangre Entra

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The people in my English as a Second Language (ESL) class always showed up early. No matter how late I made it into class they were already there. Their books were propped open; they were practicing their lessons on their own; and as soon as I walked in they greeted me with the warmest of welcomes. In unison, all of their varying accents would shower me with good evening Mr. Alanis.

To which I’d reply good evening class.

On days when I had waited too long to leave the office and showed up more than 15 minutes late their smiling faces made me feel especially guilty. Here were my students, all of who had either just come off their more than eight hour shifts or were just getting ready to start one after class, sitting so eagerly and ready to learn and I was barely strolling in because I hadn’t planned accordingly. On top of that, I knew their work required actual hands on muscle and sweat. They had to be tired and ready to go home after cleaning so many restrooms and patient areas, but here they were waiting...
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No Todo Lo Que Brilla Es Oro

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Or as folks in my neck of the woods would say no seas pendejo! Don’t be an idiot. It may not be my place to say this, since I’ve only lived in the neighborhood for a few years, but in the little time I’ve called this place home, I have noticed that life in Denver Harbor (a.k.a. DH) moves to a different beat.

Nestled in the northeastern corner of Houston’s Interstate 610; I-10 East running smack through the middle of it; home to the Selena Quintanilla Perez Park; Denver Harbor is like the stepchild of the city’s up and coming chic inner loop metropolis.

A five-minute drive from downtown, but decades behind the rest of the inner loop...
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Amor Con Amor Se Paga

Amor Con Amor Se Paga | Dichos y Refranes | Scoop.it
In matters of love there are many philosophies.

Some believe it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. Others prefer to be with someone that loves them more than they love them back, while many more prefer not to bother with this complicated emotion of the heart at all.

Whatever your viewpoint on love you, can’t deny that when you are loved it feels good.

In our household, birthdays were always the greatest expression of this emotion. My father and mother would serenade us with song, sometimes accompanied by his guitar. Over the years, we all learned the lyrics to Las Mañanitas and we incorporated the English version, Happy Birthday, which always ended …with and many more from Channel 4 for some reason? I think my older sisters are the culprits behind this tag on...
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Mientras Hay Vida Hay Esperanza

Mientras Hay Vida Hay Esperanza | Dichos y Refranes | Scoop.it
Never give up – on life, on people, on hope, and especially not on ourselves. That’s what the closest interpretation of this popular saying would be if we are to accept it at face value. Basically, that while we are living and breathing we are capable of doing anything no matter how daunting the obstacles. Are we?

We’ve all heard the rags to riches stories of people who have overcome great odds to be where they are today. Or the miraculous accounts of people who survive unimaginable pain and suffering (self-inflicted or otherwise) to become championed heroes for others, but are we truly capable of believing in the people we care about when we see them making one mistake after another? I mean after we’ve tried to help and gone out of our way attempting to lead them down the right path. Even after you feel emotionally drained and exhausted – when there is nothing left to do but hope...
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A Tiempo Malo Buena Cara

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A tall order when you really think about it. How many of us have not faced devastating moments in our lives when we want nothing more than to curl up and forget about the world or stick our heads in the sand and keep it there. It’s only human nature to want to minimize pain, physical or emotional.

But what about actually facing problems head on without pretense or denial?

Many would say that is the true sign of leadership, guts, confidence or a host of other very affirmative personality traits. I don’t think so. Sometimes it takes more guts to face a problem with the drama. To not wear a brave face. To embrace and express our heartache and personal pain...
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