I'm joining Service Space because ... I have been following your projects for many years and I think it is the right time in my life to give a more clear contribution to help spread the good word
A good day to me is when ... I manage to make a positive impact in life of someone else.
My hero in life is ...My Mother Risete
My favorite book is ...Tuesdays with Morrie
One thing I'm grateful for is ... all the people that cross my life and for different reasons brought me to where I am today.
May 30, 2019, 3 smiles Dear Pilgrim*, We often underestimate the hidden fears we accumulate along the journey of our lives. I am afraid (here we go) we manage to place them in remote corners of our mind in hope we never hear from them again. Unfortunately (or fortunately) fears are like boomerangs, you send them away, and they return even stronger. Last week I was fortunate to share the road to Santiago with seven beautiful people from different geographies and ages. Without surprises, I end up learning about many things. My fears included. Somewhere inside my brain, I tend not to pay much attention to the events around me that I cannot directly explain with my reason or science. I don’t spend much time thinking about “mystical” sources, and most likely, if they pass nearby, I turn it into humorous moments. I am afraid (opss, here we go again) I feel uncomfortable out of my mental comfort zone. At ... Read Full Story
May 03, 2019, 3 comments, 7 smiles Dear Pilgrim*, A long time ago I heard about a museum with a very peculiar approach. At the entrance, the visitor was invited to hold a rope and be sure not to let it go at any time until reaching the exit door. The walk inside the museum was done in total darkness, but with a twist. It was an audio museum. The information was given by spoken word and stories. Without the rope, you wouldn’t be able to understand much of the reality unfolding in front of you. The cord in your hand would also help you get out of the building safely. The exercise was pretty sophisticated. You would need to use your feet and hands to sense your way forward. Your hearing capacity to absorb the content and finally, your imagination would assist you to picture and create forms out of the sounds — an incredible trip to say ... Read Full Story
Apr 27, 2019, 3 comments, 5 smiles I once heard that when you need a friend to support you during a challenging moment in life, the fingers you have in one hand might be too many. Every time I think about such a sentence, I end up looking down and feeling shocked by the number of possibilities, not more than five. Did you ever think about how many friends you can really count in life? Forget social media and party attendants. To me, a friend is someone always happy to see you and looking for an opportunity to be with you, no matter what. Let me reinforce, no matter what. Over time, you will notice that some people you might consider to be close to you, always have a default reply; “I don’t have the time.” Which almost always means, “this is not a priority.” or “you are not a priority to me.” If you stop for a moment and think ... Read Full Story
Mar 24, 2019, 1 comments, 3 smiles This week I finished a fantastic round of teaching in Barcelona. A journey that took me to discover and work with almost 40 wonderful young professionals from EADA in Barcelona. As always reaching the last day it is a must to evaluate and debrief myself on the key learnings. I am writing these words while looking at my students writing the final “exam,” which to be honest it is never the last examination. Life, the real thing, will take care of that by next Monday. I hope you like reading the full post here. Keep walking with me, João
Dec 21, 2018, 2 comments, 2 smiles We often hear that we can learn much from nature. What exactly can we learn? Let me tell you a story, related with movement, change and awe. Already for many years, I try to look at the sunrise and sunset everyday. This unique “hobby” of mine is probably one of the longest ongoing “dialogues” of my life. Every morning and every evening something remarkable happens. unfortunately we are often too busy to notice. In this phenomena, change occurs in a very discrete pace, consistently and steadily. You either gain or lose, depending where you are, around 2 minutes of light, every day. For us, living in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day and shortest night. Try to imagine how our planet moves, gaining momentum in a perpetual movement, cycle after cycle and year after year. One minute in the morning ... Read Full Story
Sep 17, 2018, 1 comments, 11 smiles [In a recent conversation about ripples, I was reminded of this story from my childhood.] One of my favorite moments when I was a kid was Christmas, and especially the Christmas tree. :) I always had a special interest -- I don't know why -- but I loved Christmas trees, and I would do anything to build Christmas trees at home. When I was about 10 or 12, my mother -- who is a very, very special person -- posed a challenge that at the time I found very difficult. She said, "This year, instead of decorating a Christmas tree at home, we will provide and decorate a tree for a family in our neighborhood." We were aware of that there were two or three families in our neighborhood that would never be able to build a Christmas tree. But as a kid who loved Christmas trees, :) I became so angry with my ... Read Full Story
Aug 14, 2018, 17 comments, 30 smiles Last week, I found myself in a different type of conversation that probably I've been waiting for many years. I somehow had been trying to hold space for it, but it had never happened before. I'm a father of three boys, and my middle son, Santiago, is 15 years old. He's a hardcore teenager. :) He's very silent in emotional aspects, and he's very loud in others. I've been trying for a few years to hold that space that he feels the trust that he can talk about whatever he want. I understand that between 13-16 years of age, as far as I remember, there's so many things happening. Last Friday, was my birthday. My family took me to a beach, and just before we left the house, Santiago came to my office and he brought a little envelope with him. I honestly had no idea what it was. He said, "This is ... Read Full Story
Jun 18, 2018, 3 comments, 10 smiles A few weeks ago, I returned from a "little" walk with a wonderful group of people. Among the participants, there were 4 nationalities that are currently at war. Before the start of our walk, I was worried and I knew they were worried as well. Step by step, I was able to sense how every person was connecting with their inner Self and opening to the other. By the end of the week looking at our faces, I witnessed (once again) that what unites us is so much stronger than whatever we might think divide us. In the end we were just hearts with a smile :) I think you will never be able to guess who was who in the picture:) Gratitude!