CHARACTER

Todas las imágenes: Victor Schrager, Waggle Dance (Danza Bamboleada), 2011. Cortesía del artista.

by María del Carmen Fabro Reyes

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TO FORGE YOUR CHARACTER, YOU NEED TO BE SMART ABOUT THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE EVERY DAY. THE SUM OF ALL THESE LITTLE ACTIONS WILL END UP MAKING YOU STRONGER.

Character is defined as the temperament and personality of someone, but this does not come from birth, it is forged throughout life where our environment, culture and social status are highly involved. It is a drive that helps us become stronger day by day. Character distinguishes us as individuals.

Habits are an important key to build your own character, this is why having good practices such as respect, perseverance, assertiveness, self-confidence and responsibility are necessary in life.

There are three vital elements for building your character: emotions, activity and response.

Some characteristics of someone with a strong character are:

  • Make mistakes, but try again without blinking.
  • Fight even when they feel defeated.
  • Perform tasks they fear.
  • Keep emotions under control.
  • Giving more than they take.
  • Keep going, even if nobody else follows them.
  • Comply with impossible deadlines and deliver results that exceed expectations.
  • Focus on the details even with a foggy mind.
  • Take responsibility for their actions.
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Todas las imágenes: Victor Schrager, Waggle Dance (Danza Bamboleada), 2011. Cortesía del artista.

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RULES AND REGULATIONS
by Lewis Carroll

A short direction
To avoid dejection,
By variations
In occupations,
And prolongation
Of relaxation,
And combinations
Of recreations,
And disputation
On the state of the nation
In adaptation
To your station,
By invitations
To friends and relations,
By evitation
Of amputation,
By permutation
In conversation,
And deep reflection
You’ll avoid dejection.

Learn well your grammar,
And never stammer,
Write well and neatly,
And sing most sweetly,
Be enterprising,
Love early rising,
Go walk of six miles,
Have ready quick smiles,
With lightsome laughter,
Soft flowing after.
Drink tea, not coffee;
Never eat toffy.
Eat bread with butter.
Once more, don’t stutter.

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Don’t waste your money,
Abstain from honey.
Shut doors behind you,
(Don’t slam them, mind you.)
Drink beer, not porter.
Don’t enter the water
Till to swim you are able.
Sit close to the table.
Take care of a candle.
Shut a door by the handle,
Don’t push with your shoulder
Until you are older.
Lose not a button.
Refuse cold mutton.
Starve your canaries.
Believe in fairies.
If you are able,
Don’t have a stable
With any mangers.
Be rude to strangers.

Moral: Behave.

Lewis Carroll was an English mathematician, logician and writer. His most famous work is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll is considered by many to be one of the most influential writers of the 19th century.

Victor Schrager es un fotógrafo que estudió en la Universidad de Harvard y vive en Nueva York. Desde hace más de 30 años dedica su obra a la creación de ‘naturalezas muertas’ con la intención de fijar la atención en los detalles de una imagen. victorschrager.com

María del Carmen Fabro Reyes is student in campus Cancún.

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