It’s better to be Rich than to be Poor!

A Moment to Reflect

by Lilia M. Fiallo

Human beings, on our own, begin our journey through life with the most powerful, immense and wonderful spiritual richness than any other species in the planet. If we analyze it, the fact we can laugh, talk, see, think, eat, have an opinion on what we enjoy, shout out happiness in the wind; these are all privileges of our soul and even though at times we don’t realize what we have and we don’t give it it’s true value – !God lives in our being!

Most of the time, our mind, as a machine, has a familiar program to perform different activities. When our day begins, a series of inner privileges come to action to allow us to complete our daily tasks whether those are the tasks of a stay at home wife, office worker, student surgeon, pharmacist, electrician or a person in any profession. Reciprocity for the completed task is issued in the way of kindness, payment or the successful culmination of the student period of life.

Many of the great personalities we know as illustrious service givers in the world, had childhoods filled with hardship and cruelness, they were perhaps abandoned in an orphanage or hardly had any opportunities to attend school but they didn’t allow this to stop success because they figured out a way to make sense of their lives and with clean and brilliant minds they moved forward leaving a legacy, dignified of admiration.

We also find other celebrated characters that were born and grew up in a abundance and opulence, still able to leave great teachings.

In both groups, what prevailed was the presence of God. Just like that in wealth or in peril, God’s presence should always be felt. At the beginning of a new day and at the end of the day. Thanking God for all we have without complaining about all we lack, as a genuine thought from us to our Creator.

When you win the lottery, when we find triumph in life we need humbleness to continue forward. Arrogance and prepotency don’t ever bring anything good.

With so many intangible treasures at our disposition and all the material goods we are able to acquire throughout life and through our work and effort, we are just left to enjoy life in all its fullness, without looking at the past, living in the present and putting aside the uncertainly of the future.

“Antonio Cervantes Reyes, known as Kid Pambelé and considered the glory of Colombian boxing , was born in Palenque de San Basilio, in the state of Bolívar-Colombia. In a humble home spent his childhood in the middle of absolute poverty. As a teenager, he shined shoes in Cartagena and later sold bootleg cigarettes, all while unable to attend school.

At nineteen years old, Kid Pambelé began boxing for money. The Venezuelan businessman, Ramiro Machado made Kid Pambeléan offer he couldn’t refuse. He moved to Caracas where his boxing career began to take strides. After 48 matches, Kid Pambelé won the world little. He defended his throne on ten occasions in a three years period on the eleventh match he lost the title by a few points.

One year later, Kid Pambelé reclaimed his title when he defeated his opponent in the city of Maracaibo. He defended his title an additional six times, losing it once again on the seventh match in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Pambelé earned a lot of money. He used this money to add power, a water aqueduct, and a road in this hometown.

As he distanced himself from God while on top of the world, he put his life on a platter for people to take advantage of him, lead him in the wrong path in which money, fame, vice, so-called friends and scandals finally knocked him down”.

An infamous quote from Kid Pambelé while on top was: “IT’S BETTER TO BE RICH THAN TO BE POOR”… (Continue in the next edition)

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and everyday, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por palir”.

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