What are some of the best things and life lessons you have learned from an animal?

Answer by Claudia Azula Altucher:

Lolo was a cat that was convinced he was a lion.

He thought he was a lion since the day when he was born, and nothing in the world would make him change his mind.


One day He went outside,

with his smirky cheeky face.

Off he went with his royal lion face!

But the neighbors’ angry dog wanted to have fun, by intimidating the tiny little cat.

The dog came barking loud and tried to give him a scare

But Lolo fought back with a lion’s strength inside

and later he came home, only missing a chunk!   

When I asked him: “What happened?!”

and put potions on his back

he looked at me chin up:

“All is cool, I am a Lion”


On a sunny fall day Lolo roamed all around…

looking for a spot where to take a nap.

And nap he did…

 in the middle of the street!

A huge truck came by but had to stop because of Lolo‘s nap

the driver yelled “Move out“, but nothing was heard back,

so he blew the loud horn hard

but Lolo did not move

and we all knew what he was thinking:

I’m a Lion you go around!”

So the truck had to move back, and then around

while Lolo continued with his sweet little nap…

Lolo never got the memo
that he was a tiny cat

In his soul he always knew
how bright and big he was

He defied dogs and big trucks
and took naps, lots of naps

This story is dedicated to my Father who passed away this year, and who always taught me to believe I was beautiful inside and out, no matter what big truck came my way trying to derail me from my own beauty or what scary dog may try to convince me I was not fine or powerful just the way I am.

It is also dedicated to Lolo who passed away in April of 2008.  Both stories above are real.

Te quiero mucho papi!

What are some of the best things and life lessons you have learned from an animal?


The New Journey

So I know I should be posting more often but things have been busy lately. My conversation with a new friend recently inspired me to post (thanks Ram!).

But I’ve been on this journey the last ten years or so, discovering a different side of life, a different perspective that wasn’t available to me.

I tindexhink the journey started with “What the Bleep Do We Know” and slowly I started to explore things related. Some I have rejected like most of The Secret. But others like not taking things so damn seriously, The Peaceful Warrior had a big impact.

So here I am, trying to love myself and ignore those who reject me. I know I am weird but not psychopath weird, just mostly silly weird. And I am OK with that. Not everyone’s cup of tea but that’s OK.

I never knew what “living in the moment” was about until recently. Slow down, stop operating on auto pilot- the routine that tells you what you need to be doing at what time of day. I once had a friend who was dying of cancer and she wanted to record every moment on her camera. I felt very sorry for her because she was experiencing her last moments on earth through the lens instead of actually experiencing them in real life. There is a difference.

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My new obsession is Quora. I have met many interesting people there. I find it interesting that a large percentage of the users are Indian. Here we are in the United States, newly adopting Yoga and meditation, things from the East that are so positive and good. And many of them seem to be embracing Westernism. And, I fear, some of the not so nice stuff.

In some ways, I am proud we are evolving and in other ways, I am embarrassed of our junk food and excess.

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It’s funny to look back on my younger, adult life and see the hours squandered on evenings and weekends. I think I am lazy, despite all my dad’s bringing-up efforts to the contrary. But I remember sao-paulo-pub-crawlweekends of unending hours, as a bachelorette, watching TV when I didn’t have plans with friends. I recall at least one weekend when I did not leave the couch.

As a married person AND a mother AND a business-owner, we say “we’re crazy busy!” but who isn’t these days? By no means do I mean to diminish the busy-ness of others. EVERYONE thinks they are busy. But have you ever said you yourself “I can’t imagine being any busier than I am NOW”wahm1

This weekend, as an example, we were celebrating our 8-year-old’s birthday. The party started at 11am and, of course, I was going nonstop since we got up at 7:30am. We arrived at the bowling alley, even though there was a helper there to make things easier, we bowled, had pizza, played video games AND laser tag all in the span of 2 hours. I was nervous and felt I needed to make sure everyone was comfortable, even though there was someone there to help me out.

We hung around after the party and played m482487251ore video games until dad said “OK, gotta get back to attend to business” so we probably got home around 2:30pm. What do we want for dinner? Dinner makings. Make dinner. Dinner. It’s 6pm by now. A movie, feeling exhausted and we’re in bed.

The next day, breakfast by 8am, toys r us by 11:30am, another birthday party of a classmate by 2pm and dinner by 6pm.


We cleaned a little and did a bit of laundry but where was the relaxing? Hamster on a treadmill, anyone?