Chapter 2 - Who Am I? Why Should You Listen To Me?
As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that I was thinking about my thoughts, with regards to Chapter 2 of Fred Cuellar's book, entitled The Buffer Zone Diet. This chapter is important to me, as I began to think about how important stories are. Not just the stories that we make - up, but our life stories. We can learn so much from how others lived, the goals that they aspire towards, and also the barriers that they face. The barrier's are important to reveal because they show the human character traits of resilience. How human beings can naturally bounce back to a positive point, even when faced with a set back.
These thoughts can be assimilated to the life experiences that Cuellar shares, as his mother learned that her son Fred, as a baby was no longer with her. The doctors delivered the news to: "Elvira, I'm sorry. Your son has passed away" (Cuellar, 2017, p.25). Yes, I was alarmed, overcome with emotion when I learned this. However, was relieved and saw the beauty, strength, and powerful motherly instinct when Elvira Cuellar responded to the doctor, "she kept screaming, 'SAVE MY SON NOW' !" (2017, p. 25). Fred was saved, the doctor walked back into the room. Fred's heart was beating again, he was living, he was alive.
I thought about this experience and some of the latest happenings with my own children. I felt danger, I felt that something was not right. I could not explain or even find evidence to prove how I was feeling. I screamed, I cried so loud. Like Mommy Cuellar, it was the strongest instinct. Except I felt like I was loosing them to individuals that have or might be brain washing them. I immediately had a conversation with the kids father. I needed to alert him, because I know that we have both invested true efforts to instill good values within them. It was simple, I said, "I can't prove anything, I feel danger, they are in danger". Thank God I said what I said at that exact moment. Thank God our children are back with us in body and in mind.
Instincts are often ignored, however there is true wisdom that occurs when we apply this sense. It is often called the Seventh sense. Sometimes individuals will think you are crazy, or you are not well, because they don't see tangible evidence of how you are feeling. There is a saying, You have to see it, to believe it. Except with the seventh sense, you feel it, before you see it. It's like the idea of having an idea. Within our being we have ideas, they are within us. We imagine them, think about them in our mind. They are inside us, simply waiting to be born. Sometimes we will have lots of ideas, not all of them will come to being in a physical form, because we as humans have a physical capacity. And for something or an idea to truly flourish, we have to decide what is important to us, and what we want to devote our time and energy to. Whilst we may encounter set backs along the way; how we overcome these will also define, and shape our character. I love the following quote when Cuellar says:
I've always loved puzzles, I've always loved knowing how something works, To me, problems weren't problems, they were opportunities to learn the unknown (p. 27).
This is the beauty of a problem. A problem is an avenue to use our seventh sense, our creativity to find effective solutions. This could be a physical puzzle, such as a game that you are playing, or an actual real life problem. When we are faced with a problem, or a situation in our life, that we wish would go away, it does feel scary. We are facing uncertainty, within this realm of the unknown. However, it is only when we are in this space of the unknown, we are forced to re-think, find new solutions, look for different opportunities and avenues. There is beauty to be found in the after-math of a problem. Problems force us to think outside of our comfort zones. It is what makes us to continue to move forward in this journey of life.
Dedication: The words of this being are dedicated to Elvira Cuellar, thank you for seeing Fred Cuellar alive. And to all mothers, there is beauty to be found in our daily struggles, motherhood is not easy, yet it is worth it. My thoughts to share with love & kindness! :)
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand - written on 16th of June 2017. Further Reading - Please read: The Health Factor for thoughts pertaining to Chapter 1 of The Buffer Zone Diet.