Something different

Something interesting happened to me the other day. A tiny little green turtle made its way to my foot when I was walking at the park. My family and I stood there observing the tiny turtle making it’s way down the road.

It was one of the most beautiful things that has ever happened to me. Things like this mean a lot to me. They hold deep meaning.

I stood there watching this tiny little turtle make its way to my foot.

In this case, the turtle reminded me of pace. How sometimes it takes you a while to learn, to grow, or to be honest with yourself. And that’s totally okay.

There comes a time when the life lesson or growth or clarity is right in front of you, and you just can’t keep running away or hiding away from it.

You have to confront it, even if it means losing, even if it means being afraid.


Please note that I will be taking a blogging break yet again. As always, I super appreciate you who have stuck with me since the beginning and you who are new and you who shower me with kind comments.

My plan for when I come back is to continue to share with you uplifting messages of hope, peace, gratitude, and bravery.

Happy blogging & reading,

Andrea

The Most Interesting Character Names I’ve Read

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I found the most interesting combination of character names in Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels which I read more than a year ago.

In the book, we find characters with the following names: Big Angel, Little Angel, Perla, Minnie, La Gloriosa, Paz, Ookie among others. Most of these names like Perla and Gloriosa are actually words in Spanish.

Perla means pearl in English, La Gloriosa means the glorious one, and Paz means peace. Ookie sounds like the name of someone child-like. Ookie turns out the be a grown man with child-like qualities. La Gloriosa is known for her beauty. And Paz has an ironic name because she isn’t all that peaceful.

As for Big Angel and Little Angel, I admire the connection the names have with the topic of death that is present in the book. It’s also an interesting way to represent the son-father relationship.

What’s the most interesting character you ever read? Why do you find it interesting?

Time of the Hummingbirds, Time of the Trees

Turtles, owls, butterflies, and hummingbirds have stood out to me throughout the years. Each of these images represented a different message during different phases of my life.

The time of turtles was a time in my life when I wanted results fast. During this time, I remember reading the book Tortuga by Rudolfo A. Anaya. (“Tortuga” is the Spanish word for turtle.) Given the chance, this is the time I would probably choose to go back to–not to change anything, but to live with more presence.

The hummingbird started showing up in books, in author interviews, in art, and even in my clothes. The hummingbird became a reminder to live each day to the fullest, a reminder of life’s brevity.

The image that is showing up lately is the tree. I see and experience it mostly in meditation. The tree that I’ve been seeing is so tall and wide that I can only see and feel its strong trunk. The tree has been a reminder of inner strength and the value of life. It has helped me see and appreciate the value of my life, especially on the days when I don’t understand its purpose.

The tree has been a reminder of inner strength and the value of life.

I started wondering what type of tree I was seeing or experiencing since it didn’t seem like the usual trees I’d find in a park, and I was led to the redwood tree.

The Redwood Tree

I remember two references to redwood trees throughout my life. A transformational coach often refers to a healing and transformational period in her life in which she would go the redwoods on a daily basis. She did a lot of emotional healing there.

The other reference to the redwoods was in a song my favorite and most memorable elementary teacher had us memorize: “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie. Part of the lyrics go like this: from the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters / this land was made for you and me.

Facts About the Redwood Tree

The redwood tree is known for being the tallest tree in the world. I cannot imagine what effect these trees would have on me and have had on others. These trees are taller than the statue of liberty! Imagine that.

These trees don’t have deep roots. Instead, their roots intertwine with the roots of other trees, and they help hold each other up. As with everything that comes up in our lives, I think that the meaning of an image becomes personalized.

The intertwining of the roots makes me think about the part that I get to play in this world. I’ve been thinking about how I don’t get to decide how much of an impact I leave on this world. I get to be as we all get to be.

The intertwining of the roots also reminds me of how we are all connected and in some way or another support each other. We support each other in our growth, when we fall, and when we just don’t know any better.

Learning about the redwood trees has inspired me to add them to the list of places to visit. I’ve never visited a national park, but this one sounds like a one-of-a-kind experience. I’ve included a couple of links below if you’d like to learn more about them.