This week’s focus point

I was cute once, huh?

You can go home again.

I’m in Bogota, Colombia this week giving a presentation on occupational safety and health to 350 executives. I’m glad we have an interpreter because my conversational Spanish leaves something to be desired. I’m solid on asking where the nearest bathroom is, but after that I’m nervous about accidentally causing an international incident. (Actually, I’m not too bad and I hope this will springboard me to improvement)

The really cool part of this whole thing is my return trip to Bogota after 40 years. My mother is Colombian and I made two trips with her in 1966 and 1971. I eschewed return trips over the years because I was just too busy chasing golf balls and girls (I actually caught one girl, or maybe it was the other way around, and we got married, so that one was worth it). Now is my chance to “go home” to my roots and re-connect with about 45 cousins and a myriad of aunts and uncles.

Family, heritage, and community shape individuals. No matter where you’re from or how long it’s been since you were there, “going home” is good for the spirit. In our culture of instant gratification, just in time learning, and high speed everything, I’ve found that going “old school” and taking the time to cultivate relationships and your history go a long way into creating a well-rounded and holistic individual.

Usted puede ir a case de nuevo!

This week’s quote – “”Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he will believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he will have to touch it to be sure.””
– Murphy’s Law

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Note – I wrote this Extra Points before I left for my trip. I hope you will read as I chronicle my adventures in Bogota Journal on this blog…

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