Latinos have it ingrained within to take it easy and enjoy
the day as it comes, which is a good thing, as it allows for greater pleasures
and being in the moment. I know as
soon as I set foot on the tropics or my beloved Puerto Rico, my whole body
language and rhythm changes. I am
quickly transported into a Latino frame of mind as I begin to saunter my way
through the day.
This month’s photo is titled “¡Paciencia! – Patience…” I came upon this man and woman sitting outside a bodega in
Guatemala. I was struck by their
body language as it revealed this “take it easy, enjoy the day as it comes”
attitude I’m talking about. It is
an image found not only in Guatemala but outside bodegas in El Barrio, The
Bronx, or anywhere where Latinos reside.
For some of us it’s not easy to sit and wait. We live our lives in such a rush,
trying to fit in more than we should in one day. But there is something to be said for waiting, being
patient, and taking the day as it comes.
This photo is one of my Cultúrame bilingual cards. The expression inside the card
reads: Good things come to those
who wait! ¡Lo bueno le llega al
que sabe esperar!
So, I say, “Saunter a little and enjoy!” Give this card to a
friend and encourage them to find the Latino within.