del alma: Less Blah Blah Blah more Cha Cha Cha

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!)

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By Carrie on April 2, 2012 · Posted in del alma

16 Comments | Post Comment

Bren @ B So Chic!™ says:

I definitely need some more cha cha cha in my daily life! Thanks for the pick-me-upper! :) Needed that.

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Bohemian Babushka says:

Mujer por fa! If BB takes it any more easy she’d never get out of bed. Oye, on 2nd thought what a good idea… isn’t that why God made laptops? heje


Posted on April 2nd, 2012

marcela says:

Yes! Today more tiki tiki (lots of the good kind) for me and for all my amigas!!!

Perfect card!

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Mercedes @BeChicMag says:

To answer your questions, yes, I totally feel you! Let’s laugh more :)

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Unknown Mami says:

Thank you for the reminder. I’m working on this lately and it has been going very well until someone starts trying to soak me with their own tiki tiki and I have to be all like, let it slide off you baby.

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Lisa ~ AutismWonderland says:

I think I need to print this out and post it on my desk at work. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by all the crazy in my life – I let things fester. When I should really learn to brush it off.

And I could always use more cha cha cha.

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Carla @ All of Me Now says:

Do you know how long it’s been since I heard “Cojelo con el take it easy”? You just made my day! It’s my mantra now =)

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Sujeiry says:

I say cojelo con take it easy often. Cause life really is too short to sweat the small stuff!

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Jeannette Quiñones- Cantore says:

Después de leer tu post solo pensé en esta canción de Raphy Leavit…

Hay que pasar la vida siempre alegre
después que uno se muere de que vale
Hay que gozar de todos los placeres,
cuando uno va a morir, nadie lo sabe…

Como la vida es corta, yo la vivo
y gozo con el vino y las mujeres
He de pasar mi vida siempre alegre…

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Laurita says:

I loved that, and I wish I’d read it earlier today when I was going on about Lord-knows-what! ;)

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Monica says:

I totally need this card. It’s 12:13am and I’m on deadline. Someone please give me some cha-cha-cha!

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Leslie Limon says:

I need this card everyday to remind myself to not get caught up in the stress of everyday, do a little cha cha cha and just take it easy! :)

Posted on April 3rd, 2012

Helena says:

I love this! Need to print it out and look at it all day long…today! muerdete la lengua. Saludos!!

Posted on April 4th, 2012

Justice Jonesie says:

I am not prone to drama because I try to stay away by ignoring people I just don’t mesh with. We can’t all get along is my motto and don’t sweat the small stuff!
Thanks for this reminder!

Posted on April 5th, 2012

Pattie @Living Mi Vida Loca says:

What a great reminder! I need this today… especially this weekend before I leave for Miami next week. I just want to chill out, enjoy the family and HAVE FUN!

Posted on April 6th, 2012

Viviana Hurtado/The Wise Latina Club says:

You are the BEST thing Hallmark’s got going for it! Listen to my day: web hosting is down which means my intern who I pulled for a special Sat. session due to my manic week did nada but wait, this also means anyone who wanted to go to couldn’t (& as we speak, can’t). Then I ran out of gas, no not the I’m-tired-I-ran-out-of-gas but the I really did, carro in the middle of the calle ran-out-of-gas. Then I called everyone I know and no one answered. When I finally got a can of gas and drove the car to the station to fill up, my credit card didn’t work. At three pumps but finally inside at the register. And I forgot to print my Groupon when I paid for lunch. Ahhh es que Mercury is in retrograde. “¡Cógelo con el Take It Easy!”, exclaimed from my bed…in a straitjacket.

Posted on April 7th, 2012