Sleep My Pumpkin Head  or the Coyote Will Eat You

I am beyond proud of the accomplishments of Latinxs in the United States. From language, arts, literature, and writing- Latinxs bring such a wealth of ideas and culture. Today, I am pleased to share a poem from my colleague, friend, and new doctoral student Maria Conchita Hofman with her poem, “Sleep My Pumpkin Head
or the Coyote Will Eat You” ©Maria Hofman via Hinchasdepoesia.
#IamLatinx

Duérmase mi niña, caveza de ayote.
The baby will one day learn to sleep without song.
Si no te dormis, tel come’l coyote.

She will learn the words
and wish for days when she knew less.
Duérmase mi niña, caveza de ayote.

Like her mother, she will smile as she dreams,
for she shares her dreams with the one who sang,
Si no te dormis, tel come’l coyote.

Her head is full of thoughts, seeds of a pumpkin
to be planted, consumed, prayed over.
Duérmase mi niña, caveza de ayote.

We should not worry about tomorrow.
They say it has worries of its own.
Si no te dormis, tel come’l coyote.

Now is the time to dream and sing, recuerda;
remember your mother’s voice, her whispered song:
Duérmase mi niña, caveza de ayote.
Si no te dormis, tel come’l coyote.

Sleep My Pumpkin Head or the Coyote Will Eat You

 

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Dolores Huerta “puts lights around” her experience as a Latina in the United States. Full movie link below.

Dolores Huerta fights her right to (re)write history and incorporate a voice missing in a gender-bias oppressive system. Her motto, Si Se Puede! Continues to be an inspiration to me and to many other  Latino/a/xs living in the United States.

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The full movie may be accessed here until 4/25/2018, Courtesy of Independence Lens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is not about winners or losers, It is all about attitude.

            The dreadful election for the President of the United States of America has finally culminated. As expected, an elected head of state of this wonderful country will start his duties shortly after the arrival of the New Year. The presidency journey has been challenging, divided and controversial from both candidates. Despite of what has happened up to this point, this is indeed our reality for the next four years.

As I think of ways to cope with new beginnings, I am reminded of the paradox of change. Change is difficult, but at the same time change may also open up many opportunities that we must embrace in order to move forward.

It is not about winners and losers since that mentality overshadows the realities that we currently face in our country. It is about taking a stand for what you believe and follow through because it is the right thing to do.

It is all about attitude; it is about constantly thinking and re-thinking our possibilities and being agents of our own destinies.

We will define who we are, what we do , and together we will continue tell our own stories and struggles in our journeys towards social justice.

Winners or losers will not define our future, our actions and attitude will.

Struggle of Possibilities: Finding your voice

Fear for what is coming

Fear for what is becoming

Hope for what is coming

Hope for what is becoming

There is a place for me

There is no place for me.

 create a wall

create a door

 hide in a wall

 break a wall

break all doors

You are on your own. The answer is already within yourself.

(Ramirez,2016)

La Teoria del Camaleón (Chameleon Theory)

Much has been written on the topic of leadership. In fact, if you google it. There are approximately 733,000,000 results.

I have read some of those results. Some better than others but the basic premises of leadership are pretty clear to me. I was and have been intrigued by this topic.

In the spirit to learn more about it, I enrolled in a master’s program that focused on leadership. My program was geared towards strategic leadership. In other words, how to get people on your side to accomplish a specific task or reach a specific goal.  In order to lead, you need people that are willing to follow (shared vision).

My experience was quite fascinating. I learned different leadership theories, success stories and lessons from those that failed. Furthermore, had interesting conversations with my professors about my own leadership style and those areas that I needed to work on in order to incorporate them to my leadership toolbox.  All in all, I learn a lot, but no enough.

Leadership is multiphase, complexed and ever-changing just as a camaleón. Books are unable to prepare you to deal with situations. You just do! Call them survival, preparation, intuition, etc.

While not comprehensive. I have selected few lessons of what have learned about the discipline of Leadership simplified by using a camaleón as an example.

  • Leaders don’t need fancy titles to lead. In fact, leadership can and will happen at any level.
  • Leadership is not glamorous. You will need to make hard decisions, even if there are unpopular.
  • Leaders are aware of their strengths and imperfections. Leaders constantly work on their flaws.
  • Leaders are able to shift according to the situation and context. Leadership is situational.
  • Leaders learned from the past, attend the present while keeping an eye on the future.
  • Leaders have a purpose and understand all the players and their roles.
  • Leaders are able to serve from within, out, or in-between.
  • Leaders get things done.

Camaleón

What qualities do you see or not see on a camaleón that can be explored for your leadership toolbox?

Roller Coaster of Life that Keeps Going UP

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I have been wanting to get in a roller coaster for a while.

Is it because i want to make a point to my 16 year old brother that i still can be cool and enjoy roller coasters without his formal invitation to roller coaster land? Maybe.

Is it because my journey has been a roller coaster of experiences that course throughout my body increasing the adrenaline and cortisol that makes me feel like a fool. Probably Yes!

The sensations of intensity throughout ones life are important and must be attended kindly to move forward. We all experience excitement as we go up. The expectation of the new, the unknown, the known- all of them contribute to the rush of excitement that makes us feel free, in or out control, and alive.

As planned the roller coaster also come down- a moment of pure freedom, where there is a combination of being in panic while knowing that there is a predestined
ending and that this experience will soon culminate.

Getting in a roller coaster is a unique experience can be both exciting and uncomfortable. Just like our journeys and life experiences, takes us to moments of excitement and crushing low moments when we want a warm blanket,mommy and a cookie.

Would it be possible to enjoy going up as we enjoy going down?- I think so.

Be kind to yourself and allow the experience of going up and down fulfill you in whatever way is needed. At the end of the day, roller coasters always go up.