Friday, April 4, 2014

10 Things Everyone Everywhere Would Understand


There’s a list for everything these days. From “39 Catchphrases Real “Friends” Fans Use On A Regular Basis,” to “75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For a Run.” There are thousands of them! Now, I like a good Buzzfeed binge just as much as the next guy, but you’ve got to admit it’s getting a little ridiculous. I mean, “21 Food Things Only San Franciscans Would Understand”? That’s pretty specific. It’s fun to read the ones you can relate to, like my personal favorite, “12 Sayings Only People From California Will Understand” ( in case you want to check it out). But maybe we’ve gone too far. I think the danger of focusing too much on the things that make us “unique” or “special” is forgetting that we have things in common with people all over the world and in all walks of life.  With that in mind I wrote just one more list to add to your daily article-reading.

10 Things That Everyone Everywhere Would Understand (in no particular order)

  1. When you don’t understand what someone is saying, but you’ve already asked them to repeat themselves twice so you just smile and nod.
  2. The way your mouth feels when you just lost a tooth.
  3. The desire to feel loved.
  4. When you don’t feel like doing something, but know that you have to do it anyways.
  5. Losing your train of thought in a conversation.
  6. The anger you feel when no one will listen to you.
  7. The brightness of the sun after a dark, cloudy, or stormy day.
  8. The way your head feels like it’s going to explode when you have a cold.
  9. The panicky feeling when you realize you forgot or lost something.
  10. The joy of seeing someone you haven’t seen in a while.


Hay una lista por todo lo que en estos días. De “39 Frases Entusiastas de “Friends” Utilizan Sobre Un Base Regular” hasta “75 Pensamientos Que Cada Corredor Tiene Mientras Que Salir a Correr.” ¡Hay miles de ellas! Me gusta una juerga de Buzzfeed como nadie, pero tienes que admitir que ya es un poco ridículo. Por ejemplo, “21 Cosas de Comida Que Solo Personas de San Francisco Podrían Entender.”  Eso es bastante específica. Es divertido de leer las con que se puede relacionar, como mi favorita personal, “12 Dichos Solo Personas De California Entenderán.” ( si quieres leerla). Pero tal vez hemos ido a la medida. Yo pienso que el peligro en poniendo demasiado atención a las cosas que nos hacen “únicos” o “especiales” es olvidando que tenemos cosas en común con personas por todo el mundo y en todos los caminos de vida. Con este en mi mente, yo escribí sólo una lista más para añadir a su leído diario. 

10 Cosas Que Todo El Mundo Podría Entender (no en un orden particular) 

  1. Cuando no le entiendes lo que alguien dice, pero ya le has preguntado a repetir dos veces entonces sólo sonríes y cabezeas. 
  2. El sentimiento de tu boca cuándo pierdas un diente. 
  3. El deseo a sentir amado. 
  4. Cuando no quieres hacer algo, pero sabes que tienes que hacerlo de todos modos. 
  5. Perdiendo tu tren de pensamientos en una conversación.
  6. El enojo que sientes cuando nadie te escucha a ti.
  7. El brillo del sol después de un día oscuro, nublado o tempestuoso. 
  8. El sentimiento que tu cabeza va a explotar cuando tienes gripe. 
  9. El pánico que tienes cuando te das cuenta a algo que se olvidaste o perdiste. 
  10. El gozo de ver una persona que no has visto por un tiempo.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Good Things

This year on January 1st I began a few resolutions for the New Year. As tends to happen with such resolutions, they haven’t all panned out like I would have liked – I definitely haven’t eaten two servings of vegetables every day. But today I am feeling grateful the return of running water to Tela after 24 hours without, and with that in mind I would like to share one resolution that I’ve stuck to.

At the beginning of the year, I decided that I would start consciously thinking about the positive things I see happening. I began making little notes about good things that happen and things I am grateful for and putting them in a box that I keep on the bookshelf. I pasted a few Bible verses to the outside of the box to remind me of why I am doing this.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8

“Every day I will bless you, and praise your name for ever and ever” – Psalm 145:2

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” – Psalm 118:24

And finally, “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” – Psalm 27:13

That last verse has really stuck with me over the last few months. I think it’s easy to think about the goodness and greatness of the Lord that we will experience after our earthly life. However, the psalmist reminds us that God created the earth, and everything He made was good. There is a lot of pain, hurt, and suffering in the world, and I have seen some of this in a different way since coming to Honduras. Still, I believe that I will, and I already have, seen the goodness of the Lord here on earth, in the land of the living.

Here are a few of the things I’ve written down since the beginning of the year:

- My internet came back on just by turning the router off and back on again.
- We had a surprise Monday holiday.
- My neighbor offered to carry a 5 gallon bottle of water for me from the market to my house.
- Fresh avocadoes.
- I got cable just in time for the last two days of the Olympics.
- Air conditioning
The Beach
Care Packages
My guitar
Friends and Cinnabon in San Pedro Sula
Beautiful Sunsets
My Students