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.
Mar 13, 2020, 1 smiles I have a considerable amount of land around the house that I tend to call a garden, lawn or nightmare depending on the days. Some time ago, due to excuses and procrastination from my side, I thought that by not thinking or looking at my surroundings, the weeds would not grow, and the grass would take care of itself. I got used to seeing just what I wanted to see. I was wrong because a few weeks ago, I had the (crazy) idea of buying chickens and a hen house. The problem was that I could not even reach the place I thought to place them. A small tropical forest had replaced most of the area and as a consequence, the amount of work I had to put in to clean the space was beyond painful—what a lesson, to my hands, and back. During the”fight” against the weeds, the wise words from my ... Read Full Story
Mar 06, 2020, 1 smiles Whatever I read these days the word virus seems to be omnipresent. At the same time, if you care to understand what is at stake truly, you will find out that ignorance might be the biggest plague of modern times and is directly responsible for the majority of the world conflicts we keep seeing. It would be best if you learned to disconnect from your beliefs to reconnect with a broader and more informed perspective. To achieve this sense of awareness, usually, a trip makes things easier. Novelty is balsam to our brains and pretty effective medicine to clear our mental fog. When I look back on my life, I noticed an interesting pattern. Most of my cycles finish and begin having in between a journey. Days that remind me that it is never too late to amaze yourself as if you were a little kid. Allowing you to continually opening your ... Read Full Story
Aug 17, 2019, 1 smiles Dear Pilgrims*, My phone is smart, very smart. Today while enjoying my morning stroll, I received a notification telling me that I had achieved 3000km. According to the “intelligence” not so artificial inside my mobile, it equals to almost four million steps. Good that I was not counting them, I thought. Such a moment triggered in my mind curiosity and the need for some reflection. Was that a lot? Could I have done more? How did this distance contribute to my development as a person? And to the people, I walked with? What would I choose as highlights from the first eight months of the year? It is more comfortable to walk than to answer these questions inside my head. But worth it to give it a try. Was that a lot? No, not really! It sounds endless, but according to an old Irish proverb, Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the ... Read Full Story
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