Mexican dicho for the new year 2010by Elizabeth "Bjay" Woolley on Jan. 04, 2010, under Life
Dicho in English:
With patience and a little hook, even a fortune can be obtained
Dicho in Spanish:
Con paciencia y un ganchito, hasta una fortuna se alcanza.
Lately, when I try to be positive and optimistic about the future, and mention a dicho like this. I often get a form of “this isn’t true in America today.”
The funny thing is, this is an old dicho from Mexico. As far as I know they didn’t have anything like the “American Dream.” They eked out an existence with what they had – which usually wasn’t much. There are many positive dichos (proverbs/sayings) like this based on faith, hope, and hard work. I guess it all depends on what your definition of a rich life is.
Things may not be as extravagant as they once were. However, we still live like kings compared to many on our planet and this dicho is still very true.
I have found another way I can apply this dicho to my life today.
Out of coincidence I have had numerous friends this past week describe their anxiety over what they feel is hopelessness for the future. This goes beyond the economy and goes into climate change and resource depletion. They feel we are doomed and there is no way things will change. They feel the majority of people will never change or “get it” that we need to stop letting corporations control the world and that we need to conserve our resources. They feel we are leaving our children a pretty sorry legacy.
I mentioned to them that they and others who write books or websites often aim the information at the choir, but small things might make a difference. They could use more common language and concepts to get the everyday Joe’s on board – not just the ones who are already literate in ecology and history and such. They could think about their approach and who they are approaching to avoid turning people off.
I told them start a blog or website themselves or just talk to one person today.
Nah, they said, it’s too late – there is no hope.
I’ll tell you what though, negativity won’t help anything. To you I give you this dicho. You never know what may happen. We don’t know everything and life is full of surprises.
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