Waiting for the red light to change

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There’s a guy that has been asking for money by the traffic light next to my house in Mexico, for the last several weeks. One day, I was wearing a beige cap, while I was waiting in my car for the red light to change, and he told me, with a smile: ‘I used to have a cap like that, but green. It fell down when I was on the train’.

A chill crossed down my spine. I knew he was from Honduras, a small country to the south of Mexico, because he showed his I.D. to the people passing by. I remembered a documentary that I had seen once, about a net of trains called The Beast (La Bestia) that a lot of people (400,000 to 500.000 each year, Wikipedia) from Central American countries used to reached the United States.

I asked him, trying to appear unmoved:

– Where were you in the train?

-On the roof. That’s why I have this cast, – he shows me his left arm-, I fell from it and broke a bone.

-Are you going to stay here? Where are you heading?

-To Tijuana, and then, to the North.

-Do you have money to cross the border?

-A friend of mine is going to help me out, – red light changes.

-Good luck! – I wave and leave.

He is very strange looking, has blue eyes, and his face looks indigenous. He’s got a pair of teeth missing, and is always smiling. Another day I saw him by the traffic light again:

-How has been your day? – I ask.

-I’m leaving early to the shelter – he points his cast- this is hurting today.

-When are you leaving to the North?

-Nah, I’m going back home. My older kid, who is in the last year of high school, doesn’t want to finish it and wants to drop out. I have to return – red light changes.

Another day, he recognized me and asked how I was doing.

-Not so well, really- I answered.

-Do you believe in God?


-Ask him to help you. He will. He will go against your enemies. Things will be all right-and then he smiled.

Red light changes. I know his decision was not easy. Going back to his country might be more dangerous than riding The Beast and crossing the border to the United States illegally. I hope God remembers that he counts on Him.

What the girl who didn’t step down of a tree for two years has to say

This is the first time I publish something in English in this blog. I am doing it because, since this time I’m just copy – pasting some information about Julia Butterfly Hill – and quoting her from a great speech – I though it would be a nice idea to publish it in English since I already did the work to put it  together.

Julia Butterfly Hill (born February 18, 1974 as Julia Lorraine Hill) is an American activist and environmentalist. Hill is best known for living in a 180-foot (55 m)-tall, roughly 1500-year-old California Redwood tree (age based on first-hand ring count of a slightly smaller neighboring ancient redwood that had been cut down) for 738 days between December 10, 1997 and December 18, 1999. Hill lived in the tree, affectionately known as “Luna,” to prevent loggers of the Pacific Lumber Company from cutting it down. She is the author of the book The Legacy of Luna and co-author of One Makes the Difference. From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Butterfly_Hill 

Julia Butterfly Hill gave a wonderful speech on 2010, here are some quotes of it:

Every single choice changes the world

It’s impossible not to make a difference

Every single, one of us, are ancestors to the future

Disconnection is a disease. If we are disconnected from the Earth, we can destroy it and not realize that we are destroying our very own selves … if we are disconnected from people we can drop bombs on them and call them statistics. Unless we’re mindful, that disease shows up over and over again.

People come and tell me “Julia thank you for living in that tree for two years. I could have never done that. And I always respond: never could have I. I did not plan on living on a tree for 2 years and 8 days. If I had seen what was coming, I would never have done it. It would have scared me way too much, because my mind would have said: “that’s not possible”

 I’m committed to live fully and presently in love.

That day when our conversation between activists degraded and fell apart, I realized that part of the reason is… we see something that’s happening in the world, we care, it touches us deeply, we go, we have to do something. But what we haven’t done enough of, it’s realize  that that external wound is a mirror for that internal wound, and as we are doing the work in the world, we also have to be doing that internal work  of healing the wounds within ourselves.

Every choice has a thread that’s connected before and after. If we had to be present to every thing that we buy or throw away, where is that thread? Who is impacting? … if we had to walk the impact of every choice that we made every day, I think our actions would begin to shift. Because love would call us to make a different choice. What would love choose in this moment?

Links to  Julia Butterfly Hill’s speech:

“Divine mirrors Part 1

The Gift of Breath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRxnIxs-4Fg&feature=related part 2

Ancestors of the future http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LpEBMlTODo&feature=related part 3

Power of Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykd20ladr8E&feature=related part 4

Manifesting Heaven on Earth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su8oVQ2aBt0&feature=related part 5

Reduce, reuse, recycle, rejoice, rethink !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VnCgx-66f0&feature=related part 6

I hope you can get all the food for spirit that I got from her.

Michelle Lorena Hardy  –  Chicadelpanda.com