by Guillermo Vidal | Jun 6, 2021 | Aging Well, Becoming Your Best Self

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It is your moral duty to make things better. These are the words of fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, the young woman who captured the world’s spotlight with her protest on the steps of the Swedish parliament building. Her demands; a radical change of government policy to help reverse the trends of climate change.

While you may not agree with her cause, you can admire her gumption and commitment to the issues she believes in.

Eight things that strengthen our actions

We know that reality is chaotic. Disruptive things happen without warning. Sometimes the…


by Guillermo Vidal | May 30, 2021 | Aging Well, Becoming Your Best Self

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I love the stories about genies and magic lamps. Imagine rubbing an old magic lamp and having a genie come out to grant all of your wishes. This fantasy has a ring of truth to it, except for you are the genie in the bottle with the power to get for you what you desire.

Do you find this hard to believe? Well, I am not alone in thinking this. …


by Guillermo Vidal | May 23, 2021 | Becoming Your Best Self

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We are all guilty of being dishonest. We lie about our age, weight, or why we are late. Some cheat on their taxes, others on their spouses. Some embellish their experience and education on their resumes. Deceiving others is so common in our culture that many assume it to be acceptable. We even use the term “white lie” to excuse minor falsehoods we deem unimportant.

Educated as a structural engineer, I learned that the most important aspect of building a house is to construct a solid foundation. No…


by Guillermo Vidal | May 16, 2021 | Becoming Your Best Self

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It is easy to lose hope that we can bridge our country’s ideological divide. More than ever, we must try, but we need to do something different to create unity; we must listen and understand those who differ from us. Asking someone to explain their opinion is a significant first step towards that understanding. Doing so is a sign of respect, it says you want to know more. But listening is a choice. …


by Guillermo Vidal | May 9, 2021 | Finding Love After Divorce

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It is a sign of the times that divorce continues to be at the highest rates ever. Some view this to be a bad thing, as the end of a long-term relationship can leave a person feeling alone and discouraged. But just like every life challenge offers new and better possibilities, the end of one love can lead to the beginning of an even fuller and more fulfilling relationship.

It all depends on how you view love

People over fifty have discovered the days are over when lust at first site was the way to determine…


by Guillermo Vidal | May 3, 2021 | Becoming Your Best Self

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What is your favorite brand to put on people? Epithets like redneck, communist, socialist, asshole, lowlife, uneducated, high-maintenance and loudmouthed are common ones. There are others that don’t seem so offensive but put boundaries around the targeted person’s character; blue collar, conservative, liberal, progressive or overly religious. When we label others, we unfairly restrict them to this description.

It seems like it is second nature for humans to use labels to describe others. This is what our ego uses to identify those who are for or against us…


by Guillermo Vidal | Apr 25, 2021 | Spiritual Development

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Hard to pinpoint where it all began, but somewhere in human history people began comparing themselves to one another. Later on, society began assigning hierarchical values to these comparisons. They invented terms, like “upper or ruling class, working class and lower class” to designate a person’s importance in society.

As societies grew, they used these comparisons within their structure to define who would rule, where people would live, and who would be sacrificed to the gods.

Different customs divided cultures, and tribes emerged separate from one other. Differences in beliefs…


by Guillermo Vidal | Apr 18, 2021 | Finding Love After Divorce

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During a visit I made to Spain, there was a sign in the corner of a small tapas restaurant in Madrid that caught my eye. It contained this quote from Mexican painter Frida Kahlo,

“Take a lover who looks at you and sees magic.”

I have to admit it but Kahlo’s wisdom was foreign to me. I had never taken a lover who looked at me in such a fashion. …


by Guillermo Vidal | Apr 11, 2021 | Becoming Your Best Self

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Even if you accept that every person is just one of countless microcosms in the Universe, nature shows you daily that even the smallest organism has purpose. Let’s take the human body as an example. Scientist have proven that your body replaces every cell roughly every seven years.

I am sure you don’t stay up at night deciding which cells go where, but that is exactly what your body is doing. …


by Guillermo Vidal | Mar 22, 2021 | Becoming Your Best Self

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In his book, An Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake, Srinivas Rao states, “Work for an audience of one. When the only person you are trying to please is yourself, judgements vanish, and in that process, we become more present.”

Damn it! I wish someone had taught me that lesson sooner. …

Guillermo Vidal

Author/Speaker/Mentor/Mayor/Immigrant/Engineer/Spiritual Seeker/Teacher. Willing to share my life experiences and lessons. Follow me on www.guillermovidal.me.

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