July 10- what it takes to be successful?

Dear July,

instead of writing at 1.10 in the morning, I should have been in bed! Tomorrow I start my working day quiet early at the Big art exhibition. What is the reason I ended up late? We went out for dinner and then dancing with some of the artists and the organizing team.

It was quiet nice, although I didn’t know well most of them and at the beginning I felt a bit awkward. What should I talk about? Other than the exhibition?

After the experience of the first day I knew better and brought with me a second pair of shoes. I also got myself some fruit and lunch from my bakery. It was as if I was leaving for an excursion and I needed to cover different options. Weather changing, feeling hungry, being chic and comfortable, dressed appropriately for the exhibition and for the dinner party.

I also needed to be prepared for complaints and ways to deal with them. A co-organizer was annoyed because I got to accompany an artist he had invited. An elderly person didn’t like the installation and found it tiring and chaotic. It is a little bit of both, but still, very succesful in my opinion.

After all, as the taxi driver who finally took me home explained to me, success depends on our genetic code and our attitude. If you have been blessed with a good genetic code, you have what it takes to face challenging situations. If you have a positive attitude, you also have an advantage. The interaction of these two, make of you a superhero.

With just one of the two, we are already heroes 🙂


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June 3 : personal growth and parenting

Dear June,

you have been of an unstable mood and this is kind of irresponsible; sorry to take it on you, but we have been waiting to wear summer clothes, hats, sun glasses, and instead we are taking out our umbrellas, on a daily basis. Well, I am sorry to be moody, but I have cought a slight cold.

And so has Alexandre my little god-son, in my hometown, as his mother informed me on the phone.

Or, Spiderman, because his Spider-mania continues.

Fortunately, I have a personal relationship with Spiderman, and I gave him an acount on his latest adventures.

Alexandre’s parents on their side, are facing the challenge of raising two babies and working full time.

How is it possible to continue doing things they need/and like? How not to feel that they sacrifice themselves? Is the smile of a child enough to compensate for not having time to go out, exerce, exist as a couple?

And then come other cases, of friends with broken couples. B, my favorite guy who tries to balance between his son and his job. S, father of a two year-old girl whose mother has a completely different idea than him on her upbringing. Or my friend E, mother of a little girl who cares a lot for her child and the father not at all.

How is it possible for the one who invests more time and effort to rebuilt a love-life with a new partner?

Actually, the only think I can tell my friends, because I am not having any experience on these questions, is the advice we are given in the airplanes in case there is a lack of oxygen. That parents need to wear their oxygen mask first, and then put it on their children. If they pass out, their children are also in danger. In that sense, taking care of oneself, could be a way to take care of the people we care for.


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April 27- rainy Sunday

Hi  April,

Spiderman came indeed in Alexandre’s sleep. He told me himself on the phone. His mother described him wearing on his head his underwear for a mask, and his socks as gloves, chasing around Marius, who copied him.

He wanted to speak with his godmother, who understands the Spider-mania.

And other “manias” of course.

His call found me at the local restaurant where I was having lunch with family and friends.

Outside, it was raining heavily.

Just after, I found a quiet spot and started taking notes for my next book.

That was good. I felt advancing.