Lessons of life: The lesson of the trampoline

September 22, 2018

By Eddy Montilla.

A.C. had been a successful man in the business world almost for his entire life. When some years ago, he wanted to talk to me, I presumed that something was wrong because rich people do not usually want to talk to those who are not.

“I almost lost everything, Eddy”, he said. “And the worst part is that I don’t know what to do! You can’t imagine how desperate I am.”

“That’s for sure, A.C., I’ve never been rich! Since I was a child, life has beaten me down many times. I don’t know about money as much as you do, but at least, in the field of vicissitudes, I can give you a piece of advice. Whenever I’m getting through difficult moments, I use my trampoline and, believe me, it really works out.”

“Your what?”

“My trampoline. I take it out of heart and mind and stand on it. Then, I start jumping. The harder problems push me down, the higher my trampoline will pull me up.”

A.C. got the message, smiled at me and returned to his home. Four years have passed since that moment. Yesterday I got a mail from him and he’s doing well (some people have an incredible talent to make money). When I asked him how he could grow again to that level, he said: “I did my hard work and the trampoline gave me the strength. So, the answer is the trampoline, Eddy, the trampoline.”

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Photo: By courtesy of JMacPherson under the criteria of Creative Commons (Flickr, 9-22-2018).


Lessons of life: The lesson of the shoe

June 30, 2018

By Eddy Montilla.

When I saw this shoe at a street today, the first thing that came to my mind was to add some humor to the situation. “To walk with one shoe only is fashion, perhaps” or “I wish him/her a fresh asphalt to walk!” And later, those jokes led me to a serious reflection: A shoe is useless if we do not have the other one to complete the pair. Considering the way a lot of people live their lives these days, it is no exaggeration to say that they look like this shoe: They build tall walls around their houses as if they were sending a message like this one: “do not steal me and do not bother me either!” Besides, their relationships with their neighbors are reduced to a mere greeting from time to time and they move around a small circle of people despite having hundreds of their photos on social networking sites! Things like this one are very often in those places traditionally called “the developed and rich countries”.

Human beings are not like bears, jaguars or ocelots, that is, solitary animals doomed by nature to live alone, but we are supposed to be gregarious thanks to the gift of reason and our capacity to feel deep emotions. Then, every time we take the wrong direction by trying to live alone as much as possible instead of living together in companionship and fraternity, we are running the risk of ending up as sad and lonely as this shoe.

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Tell me the answer: What is the best move when you do not know what to do?

January 14, 2017

By Eddy Montilla.


A waiting move, because any precipitous action leads most of the time to failure. A waiting move is typical of analytical games, especially of chess. It is used when the situation is not clear, so you just make a move that will not compromise your position until you can see something better.

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Thought of the day: Planning

November 27, 2016

By Eddy Montilla.


To plan your life and work will not solve all your problems, but it will lighten your burden because a lack of planning leads to the beginning of chaos.

Thought of the day: Change

November 7, 2016

By Eddy Montilla.


Only two things are unavoidable in life: Death and change. About the first one, it is almost nothing what we can do. As for changes, specially these days when we undergo constant transformations at a rhythm that our society had not been seen or faced in the past, you should be smart enough to accept them, to accept their existence and reality to avoid failure and great stress. And after that, be wise to adhere to those changes that really matter while putting the others far away from you.

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Tell me the answer: Why are the elderly happy when they see young children?

October 25, 2016

By Eddy Montilla.


Because these young children become a mirror in which the elderly can see how long they have lived and that makes them feel happy. Besides, they enjoy the fact that for each life that comes gradually to an end, there is a new one growing strongly.

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Thought of the day: Happiness and pain

September 1, 2016

By Eddy Montilla.


Happy and sad moments share something in common: They always come to an end and they always revive. The biggest difference is that when your happy moments die, not always sad moments are born as a result of it, but when your sad moments die, as a reward, your happy moments are reborn to bring you consolation, peace and, above all, to make you feel happier. If you are sad because you lost your job, someone very important to you passed away or for any other reason, remember that happy moments die, but so does pain. Be patient, hold on tight, hang in there. Sooner or later, your pain will die and your good moments will be reborn to be at your side.

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