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The BBG Communications blog is kind of something I invented. I thought it would be interesting to discuss through different communication techniques things that I am interested in. I like to look at new job opps, classic car stuff, and sports.

April 2010 - Posts

  • BBG Communications discusses Rhadi and Nima

    This is just another of the hot and dirty countries with so many people, they become disposable. Although my Senegalese family cannot afford flushing toilets or an electric iron, they do have two maids living in the house. These girls are so inexpensive; I don’t know a single family that doesn’t have a “bonne” or two to do the washing, cooking, and cleaning. They come from rural areas where life must pale in comparison even to living at the beck and call of an entire family. Rhadi and Nima turn off the lights after I go to bed at night and have breakfast laid out when I wake up in the morning. The people of the household who are the most taxed by my presence are Rhadi and Nima, as I am just another person to take care of.

    Obeying shouted orders all day to be able to send money back to your family could make anyone bitter. Yet they are the most friendly and understanding. They never fail to smile and test me with new Wolof greetings when I come home, where I find them always in the same outfit. It’s not limited to my house; when walking through the increasingly Westernized neighborhood or visiting friends, it is the burdened maids who laugh with us across language barriers and help us navigate culture clashes.

    They are living proofs of my belief that happiness is itself a decision, a state of mind to be chosen. They have less than the families they work for, but are more content with their lives.

    One cannot wait on things to arrive to make them happy, because life is too unpredictable. You cannot rely on things outside of your control to bring you happiness, but you do have the power to choose to be happy.

    I spent nine months on anti-depressants waiting for them to make me happy. It was then that I realized that only I could control that, with both my heart and my head. It wasn’t something that I could reach overnight, but a process that began with learning to love and accept myself even if I didn’t know who that person was.

    Success is also only possible if one believes in his or her self. There are many ways to define success and even more ways to reach any of those definitions, but they all require that you believe in yourself. If you don’t, you will never have the courage to follow your dreams.

    I’m sure Rhadi and Nima never dreamed of working tirelessly in the city, but they are living their dreams of providing for their family. One might say that they should want an education, an opportunity to have a better life. Like everyone else in this world, they dream of whatever it is they are convinced will improve their lives, but they don’t require it for their happiness.


    Posted Apr 13 2010, 03:47 PM by abadicio90 with no comments
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    Going to the movies at the theater can be an enjoyable experience, depending on the movie, of course. It can also be very expensive. Ticket prices cost a lot more money than they used to. If you want popcorn, candy, soda, or all three, you will need to have a considerable amount of money to blow.

    So, going to the movies and choosing which one to see is somewhat of an important decision. I suppose that is the reason why movie critics exist. Everybody has opinions, but those of movie critics seem more important than anyone else’s. They get to see movies before the general public does, and then form their thoughts about the film. This is an opinion which an unknown percentage of Americans really take seriously or care about, because opinions vary, and sometimes you just have to see the movie for yourself to know if you will like it or not. There are some people who either stay away from a certain film, or go right out and see it based on a critic’s review. And that has to be great for a critic, to know that their review has influenced someone’s decision. However, there are so many critics for various media outlets, and often reviews about a particular movie will be mixed.  Americans just have to take a chance, spend their money, and form their own opinion after the movie (or ten minutes into the movie in some unfortunate cases). Box offices around the country generate enormous amounts of revenue, regardless of whether critics label a movie as disgusting trash or a brilliant treasure.

    I have never had a job. If I am ever lucky enough to be hired by someone, I will be extremely grateful, no matter what the job or pay. I think being paid to watch a movie and share an opinion of it would be an incredible occupation to have. Watching movies is something everybody does, and it almost always costs money. Everybody has thoughts on movies and they don’t get paid for discussing them. Movie critics do. Being a movie critic isn’t the highest paying job in the world or the most enjoyable, but it’s kind of like being paid for being a regular person.


    Posted Apr 02 2010, 06:02 PM by abadicio90 with no comments
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