Letter and poem from dad / Carta y poema de papá (1998)

Carta enviada de mi papá a mi en Mayo 10, 1998 Lima, Perú:

Observa las cosas como son en realidad. 
Todos tienen su propio carácter, el cual es diferente a como lo vemos.
Cuando algo ocurre, lo único que esta en nuestro poder es nuestra actitud hacia ese suceso, podemos aceptarlo o rechazarlo, lo que nos atemoriza y desconsuela no son los acontecimientos ni las cosas, sino la forma como pensamos y como interpretamos su importancia.
Las personas y las cosas no son lo que deseamos ni lo que aparentan ser sino lo que son.
Armoniza tus acciones con la vida como realmente es.
Los acontecimientos no te lastiman, pero tu percepción de ellos si puede hacerlo.
Que no haya vergüenza ni culpa, examinemos nuestras ideas (nos hacen bien?)
Cree tu propio mérito. 
Aprovecha a cabalidad todo lo que ocurre.
Cuida lo que tienes en este momento, no hay nada que perder.
La vida buena es la vida de serenidad interior, soportar con tranquilidad es el precio.
Concentrate en tu deber principal.
No prestes ninguna atención a las cosas que no te conciernen.
Ajusta tus deseos a la realidad.
 
Te quiero, ojalá tanto como Dios,
Up to Heaven!
tu pá, Peter
 

…y en la misma carta un poema adjunto de Rudyard Kipling:

No te Rindas
Cuando las cosas vayan mal como a veces pasa.
Cuando el camino parezca cuesta arriba.
Cuando tus recursos mengüen y tus deudas suban,
Y al querer sonreír, tal vez suspiras.
Cuando tus preocupaciones te tengan agobiado,
Descansa si te urge, pero no te rindas.
La vida es rara con sus vueltas y tumbos
Como todos muchas veces comprobamos.
Y muchos fracasos suelen acontecer
Aún pudiendo vencer de haber perseverado.
Así es que no te rindas aunque el paso sea lento.
El triunfo puede estar a la vuelta de la esquina.
El triunfo es el fracaso visto al revés;
Es el matiz plateado de esa nube incierta
Que no te deja ver su cercanía…
Aún estando bien cerca.
Por eso, decídete a luchar sin duda,
Porque en verdad, cuando todo empeora,
el que es valiente, no se rinde, lucha y triunfa!
 

Letter from my dad to me on May 10, 1998 Lima, Perú:

Look at things as they really are.
Everyone has their own character, which is different from what we see.
When something happens, all that it’s in our power is our attitude towards this event, we can accept it or reject it, what we fear and grief are not the events or things, but the way we think and how we interpret its significance.
People and things are not what we want or what they seem but what they are.
Harmonize your actions with life as it really is.
The events will not hurt you, but your perception of them can.
Let there be no shame or guilt,  but let’s examine our ideas (do they serve us any good?)
Create your own merit.
Take advantage fully of everything that happens to you.
Take care of what you have right now, there is nothing to lose.
The good life is the life of inner serenity, quietly enduring is the price.
Concentrate on your main duty.
Do not pay any attention to things that do not concern you.
Adjust your desires to reality.
 
I love you, hopefully as much as God does,
Up to heaven!!!
your dad,
Peter
 
 …and in the same letter a Poem by Rudyard Kipling:
 
Don’t Qui
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
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