DALLAS -- Para Lázaro Terry Manrique, la palabra libertad tiene un significado realmente especial, para él es, incluso, un concepto relativamente nuevo, ya que en su país de origen, la conocía solamente en un sentido teórico.

These last few days have truly been ones of "reflection." I look back at this year and I make a mental timeline of all the wonderful goals achieved and even the setbacks.  Both have been significant.  The transformation, although subtle, that has occured due to life experiences is noted.  I most definitely cannot go back to how I was before.

I have to admit. Icy weather and I don't mix well. I like the sun but as cliché as this may sound, I would never be able to appreciate the sun without having sunless days. So what has kept me warm?

A few years ago, I decided that I was no longer going to stress over buying Christmas presents for everyone on my list. It is exhausting and stressful. I decided that I would show my appreciation of them when the moment presented itself. For example, if I saw something in a store that I know someone would really enjoy, I would buy it for them if I knew that it would make them happy. I believe in showing love and appreciation all year, rather than just the holidays and birthdays.

¿Típico, no? esta semana que se celebra el día de Acción de Gracias te encuentras, justamente hoy, leyendo esta columna.

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