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del alma: Less Blah Blah Blah more Cha Cha Cha

Submitted by on April 2, 2012 – 1:00 am16 Comments

Cojelo Con el Take it Easy

So, sometimes do you think we’re a people prone to drama?

Like we go for the lucha, for the tiki tiki, when we could just brush it off y ya? Is it the spitfire, telenovela gene?

Que, what is it about?

I struggle to figure it out, especially when I hear el condena’o tiki tiki tiki tiki around me. That sort of emotional noise clashes with my more gringa sensibility of “y que?” who cares, move on y ya.

If I find myself getting sucked in, what comes to mind is “Cojelo con el take it easy” — the cubanism for plain old “Take it Easy.”

It should be a mantra. I say this to mom friends, to my mom, to co-workers.

I say this to myself.

So, listen…I am not sure what you’ve got going on in your life today, but if there is any sort of drama going on, or niggling nothings that eat up your time, there are some things you should know, some things you should remember…even if just for today.

Today, You Should Know…

Today, riete!
Today, brush it off.
Today, muerdete la lengua.
Today, no cojas lucha.
Today, it is no big problema.
Today, more cha cha cha!
Today, mas tiki tiki! (the good kind)

You feel me?

Who needs this card today? Who you gonna send it to?

Hallmark cards, less blah blah blah

(and yes, I altered the funny Hallmark card…It’s going to a friend who still works in a newsroom, where too many people have been laid off and many are frustrated and worried. She needs this card!)

Disclosure: This del alma is sponsored by Hallmark and the Life is a Special Occasion campaign. To receive notices on Hallmark products and special offers sign up for the newsletter.

 

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