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It’s About (Se trata)

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Some of my avid readers have asked me: considering what you write and your philosophy of life, are there any dreams you have not achieved?

Indeed. Since 1996, I’ve fought hard to combine my love for the fine arts and the natural sciences: this combination became my main purpose, my everything.

One day, this young hybrid, inspired by the da Vinci lessons, heard a speech by the distinguished artist Ricky Martin. “On that rainy afternoon in San Juan”, he eloquently gave a talk about peace and his humanitarian projects. That was enough inspiration for me to start an educational project that integrates the arts and sciences, as a possible contribution to his foundation. That’s how it was manifested since 2001 and it became a great proposal. It still continues to be relevant to this humble dreamer in the spring of 2012.

While I still dream of this contribution becoming a reality, I think about the artist’s vision, his respected foundation and in its famous phrase: “It’s about”.

“It’s about” a young futurist, whose desire has been captured on paper and in words. “It’s about” a tangible dream, with measurable and achievable objectives. “It’s about” several famous artists, actors, mentors, teachers and other professionals who have being my guardian angels, so that I may contribute to the artist’s humanitarian projects, and sadly, it’s also about nothing.

“It’s about” the silence of the board members of the foundation. “It’s about” a potential school yet to materialize. “It’s about” important documents that have been shelved, that possibly have not reached the hands of the award-winning “Che Guevara”: the sensible being Ricky Martin.

What would have Sor Isolina Ferré done? What would have Mother Theresa de Calcuta done? What would have Rafael Cordero Molina done? The great teachers who inspire me remain silent; the kind of silence that moves you to act from the soul. If Ricky Martin and his entourage had just a little bit of time, the “gathering” to discuss a comprehensive education-based project on the genius of children, would likely take place –yes, even in Loiza, Puerto Rico.

I think about the virtuoso violinist on the Children’s Choir of San Juan and the angelic voices that accompanied her talent. About the Puerto Rican dance group that is highly acclaimed abroad, the experimental performance, the novice painters, and the theater groups. It’s about potential language, management, neuroscience, and film classes for our children, going beyond the labeling of “average”: I called it “integration” or “brotherhood” of disciplines. In the offers that I have received to carry this out with other foundations, but my dream is still in Ricky Martin’s Foundation. In my eternal hope to fulfill this mission. In an educational rock that still does not shine in Loiza, in the absence –or the eternal waiting– of a proposal with substance.

If anyone has contact with Ricky, please share these words with him without fear. Faith in the goodness of man is never lost: just like hope is never lost. I urge Ricky, as an advocate for children, to hear our five minute presentation: I look forward to hear his reply. If Ricky wants a school –a creative and futurist school–, he can count with my ink and my word.

In the last event hosted by the foundation on human trafficking, there, they explained the reason for selecting the famous “slogan” that the foundation uses: the resonant phrase “It’s about”/ “Se trata”. I think it sums up my response: in every effort made, do everything possible to contribute to as many as possible, to build interwoven dreams.

Long ago, I stopped dreaming in singular dream: I prefer to be part of the greater effort. One fulfills dreams, because in every personal desire, lies a wealth of collective aspirations and two gold stars. I do not try. I do. I deliver. I hope that’s the best advice to be successful.

To my dear readers, keep fighting for your dreams: they all come true, either today or tomorrow. To our dear Ricky: there are people in Puerto Rico who truly want to work and do so properly. Or at least, I swear by the Evita’s (Perón) descamisados (“shirtless”): It’s time.

About Ariel Orama López

Ariel Orama López has written 34 post in this blog.

Psicólogo Clínico, Coach Certificado de Coachville Spain/The Internacional School of Coaching, Autor de los libros: Psicología como profesión: Orígenes y tendencias y Sinapsis Crëativa: Crea.tu.Universo. Contacto: droramalopez@gmail.com

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  1. Me encanta tu espíritu, Ariel. Y me alegra muchísimo leer la siguiente linea: “Long ago, I stopped dreaming in singular dream: I prefer to be part of the greater effort.” I think its crucial that people (I direct this specifically to Puerto Rico because there is where my heart is) wake out of their individualistic clouds and focus on community work and collective efforts. Its the only way to solve social and economic problems and foster social change. We have to take matters in our own hands instead of hoping someone else will take care of it. This problem, unfortunately, is inherent in our Puerto Rican culture and history (we were first supported by Spain, and now the U.S.; so we rely on external powers to come solve the problem. You can see this in our own delusional expectations around the politics in the island). Regarding the alternative education school model, there are many people doing amazing work out there and some very innovative models throughout the world. Its just a matter of choosing what works best for a Puerto Rican sociological and environmental context. I also agree: The American dream that PR has always wanted to follow is dead. It’s about time people take matters into their own hands and create change in the island. Through research on what others are doing, we can create our own initiatives and, in the process, solidify our broken sense of national identity.

  2. Alex Manuel Perez says:

    Entusiasmo, energía y coraje. Cuando veo a esos tres elementos combinarse en armonía, como lo haz hecho, crece el deseo y la motivación por HACER. Y mi amigo Ariel, de eso “Se Trata”
    Aqui tienes un nuevo cómplice.
    Enthusiasm, energy and courage. When I see those three elements combined in harmony, as you already done so, grows the desire and motivation to DO. And my friend Ariel, that, ‘It’s about”. Here you have a new accomplice.

  3. Mi muy querido Amigo Ariel;
    Es un orgullo para mi ver como has dejado salir esta información y preocupación que por años llevas intentando hacer llegar a nuestro Ricky Martin. Años de lucha incansable en una vorágine de protocolos, intermediarios, y como bien dices: para acabar aparentemente tus acercamientos “engavetados. archivados o en una sala de espera., pacientemente como un paciente que espera ser atendido” (interpretación mía). Pero la “paciencia de un paciente” tiene un límite y te admiro por tomar la sartén por el mango y dejar saber al mundo todas esas gestiones que llevas realizando casi la mitad de tu vida, las cuales se han quedado estancadas en algún filtro o telaraña luego de promesas incumplidas por quienes te aseguraron harían llegar tus propuestas “a la mano de Ricky” .
    Un abrazo de corazón y esperando esta vez no se detenga en alguna rama “la Paloma Mensajera”.
    Michael

  4. Y de seguro lo logras.

  5. Mariann Villafane says:

    For sure I know that all your dreams will come true. One day Ricky will have the privilege of working with such an amazing artist in all the gist of the word. You are amazing and I know that you make a huge difference in each project. This is your time, today and now. “Believe and Dream”

  6. Carmen Orama López says:

    Mi querido Ariel:

    ¡Desde niño has sido un gran soñador! Tu creatividad no tenía límites y tu sensibilidad tampoco. Cuando a penas tenías unos 10 años, un psicólogo allegado me reveló la gran preocupación que sentías por los problemas sociales del mundo; ya pensabas como un adulto. Siempre has sido la sensibilidad personificada.

    A los 12 años, en lugar de caramelos, preferiste el regalo de un libro cuyo título dejó perplejo a nuestro tío, El poder de la mente. Pensó que optarías por pedirle dulces; eso hubiese hecho cualquier niño de esa edad. Comenzaste a ser un lector voraz desde pequeño y esto te permitió verte inmerso en un mundo integrado de muchos saberes. Supiste, que a su vez, podían fundirse y eso era maravilloso.

    Podría advertir que naciste con un gen de creatividad, la traes contigo desde pequeño en las exóticas mezclas de sabores, combinaciones de colores, de diseños, escritos creativos como discursos, guiones de obras, composiciones musicales, etc. Los juegos electrónicos preferidos eran los que te permitían crear y no matar. Todo lo que presentaba Ariel siempre ha sido novedoso. Tomaría mucho espacio contar sobre sus variadas aportaciones desde que se convirtió en adulto.

    Esta propuesta e ilusión de colaborar con los niños de Puerto Rico y los del mundo no nació ayer. Ese afán por defender al inocente, al mísero, al desvalido no renació con tu formación en psicología. Surgió desde que eras un simple niño. Mientras otros menores jugaban, ibas creando y creando novedosos proyectos. Soñabas con la consecución de la paz en el mundo y cómo aportar para tal desafío. Esa propuesta que ha querido compartir desde hace muchos años con la Fundación “People for Children” se entretejió desde que Ariel tiene conciencia del mundo: desde niño.

    Tu hermana que te adora,

    Carmen Orama

  7. Irma Rodríguez, Ph.D. says:

    Conocemos la trayectoria del doctor Orama López. Sabemos que representaría una gran aportación para la fundación y que haría la diferencia, desde sus inicios. Esperemos que, esta vez, sea escuchado por el artista o sus representantes. Estaremos atentos.

  8. Mi querido Amigo Ariel;
    No pude aguantar el impulso de escribirte de nuevo; porque mientras haya un ápice de energía y deseo de tu corazón para seguir esta (meta que los que te conocemos bien llevas bien definida) de seguir, aquí estamos tu Ejército para dar y continuar tu lucha, tu ejemplo, tus huellas.
    Un fraternal y solidario abrazo, pues Hombres Ejemplares como tú ya escasean en el Mundo entero.
    Machos, macharranes y modelos “de cuerpo perfectamente cincelados” no es lo que necesita el Mundo: necesita más “Arieles Orama”.

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