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David & Goliath

  • Wow

    17 JUN. 2024 · I love listening to podcasts (who would've thought that!!!). One of the podcasts I listen to is called "Bit of Optimism" by Simon Sinek. I was looking through the episodes and was drawn to the latest one titled "Moral Courage with Diane Foley, mother of executed journalist James Foley." I was so wowed by what I heard that the next day I went to YouTube to see if I could find more about this woman. In short, she is the mother of a journalist who was kidnapped and killed by ISIS in 2012. The person who killed him was called The Beatle within the terrorist group. He was captured and tried for the crime he committed. After some time (I don't know exactly how long), Diane Foley went to the prison to meet and talk to her son's killer, face to face, and the first thing she said to him was, "Hello Alexander, it's a pleasure to meet you." A book was written about James's death, about Diane's act, and everything involved in it, from James's journey to the Middle East, through his murder, and ending with the creation of the James Foley Legacy Foundation by Diane. Was this all an act of drama, like a theatre act?   Hmm, I don't believe so. A mother will always defend her children, even give her life for them, because that's part of what it means to be a mother. If she had been there during her son's murder, she would surely have moved mountains to defend James from his oppressors. Especially being who Diane is!
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  • "Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward."

    10 JUN. 2024 · In today's episode, I spoke with a businessperson from the region who had a lot of success in the heavy truck and automobile mechanics field. However, in 2012, with the Portuguese public debt crisis, he had to close and file for bankruptcy. As he told me during our conversation, "I went from being great, to being despised in the blink of an eye." Today, I will talk about the anguish he suffered during this period, the personal and family consequences, and finally the health problems that ensued. He managed to overcome all of this with true mastery, becoming a phoenix reborn. Not only did he overcome it, but he is now better off than he was before. As with the other episodes, I hope you love it and feel motivated by getting to know António's story. Porto Moniz and Madeira island - https://visitmadeira.com/en/where-to-go/madeira/north-coast/porto-moniz/
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  • I won't stay silent because I will continue to do what I came to Earth to do - Jesus

    3 JUN. 2024 · A few days ago, I watched a trailer for a film about the life of Jesus Christ. It was specifically about Jesus being brought before a Roman authority of the time (I'm not sure if it was Pontius Pilate) because He was preaching throughout Galilee. Jesus was taken by one of the Roman guards to this Roman authority (let's say). In the trailer, this guard was a tall, muscular fellow, the type of guard who would protect such an important figure of the kingdom. He grabbed Jesus by the arm and threw Him onto the authority's table. The governor wanted to confirm with Him if it was true that Jesus had been preaching throughout Galilee. Out of nowhere, the peaceful region was experiencing an unprecedented uproar. (Just as it still happens today in some parts of the world when we speak of love). This was against what the Roman authorities wanted for the empire. They preferred little uproar, calmness, and for everyone to accept Roman power.   So, he asked Him if He was the one people called Jesus. He answered yes. He also asked Him if He was responsible for spreading a message that was causing a lot of commotion in Galilee. And once again, He answered yes. Always with polite, direct, and firm responses. So firm that it even made me tremble. Then the conversation shifted from an interrogation to a conversation from a person (the governor) who felt a profound admiration for the man sitting in front of him: Jesus. I won’t go into details of that conversation for two reasons. First, because it won't add any value to what I want to convey in this episode. And second, it would only be a waste of lines and your time. Time that is very precious to all of us! As the conversation was drawing to a close, the governor turned to Him and asked Him to stop what He was doing. If not, he would be forced to take harsher measures and follow the law.   Then, as a gesture of goodwill, the governor turned to Jesus and told Him he would not imprison or whip Him. This time… as long as He stopped!   Jesus responded in the following manner: “I won't promise anything and I won't stay silent because I will continue to do what I came to Earth to do.”   When He finished saying this, my body trembled with fear. My inner self immediately shouted, "Wow, are you crazy? Stay quiet! Say yes. Do you want to get into trouble?” Then I remembered I was talking about Jesus. Jesus wasn't afraid of anything. Those who are afraid are the ones who are reluctant to face what needs to be faced. Not everything life serves us is to our liking, and it is precisely in these moments that we eat without saying, "I don't like it!" Because we are afraid. We all fear something. As the saying goes, "He who has a butt, has fear." This is directly related to the monstrous amount of divorces occurring in the society where I live, at least in the Portuguese society. You will understand more later on. Suddenly, it seems almost all middle-aged couples are getting divorced. At first glance, we might say that nowadays people are less willing to put up with their partners. But the root of the problem if we can say problem, is much deeper than a simple lack of willingness to tolerate the other's personality after some time.   Why is it that in our parents' generation, divorces could be counted on one hand? And now, those who are still together seem to be the "abnormal" ones, rather than those who divorce. Immediately, I thought of several people but particularly of a family member who recently divorced. My cousin Paulo's divorce. It was a bombshell for all of us! Because we all thought they would be together until death. That they would never, ever separate. Wherever they went, there they were. Stuck to each other. Always. Always with their children. But how did this happen? Why did it happen? Well, that's what I'm going to tell you. It's a beautiful and sad story, heavy and with a lovely message for the future. It could be a tragic story, but it isn't because, in the end, love always wins. It's like David throwing the stone into Goliath's head.
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  • If only they really knew me, they would like me even less!

    27 MAY. 2024 · People judge us by where we come from, by our appearance, by our age, by our religion. They dislike us for the work we do; they dislike us for what they have heard about the work we do. They dislike us for real and legitimate reasons—mistakes we have made, positions we have taken—and for completely fabricated reasons. They project their own insecurities, their own problems onto us. They attribute to us the consequences of their own ignorance, their own deficient comprehension skills, their own poor taste. Have you ever seen, as Kipling said, the truths you have spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools? It is something maddening and sad. Epictetus, however, says we must face all this with a smile. In fact, he joked that when we find ourselves criticised or disliked by some stranger, instead of trying to convert them or argue with them, we should simply say to ourselves, 'If only they really knew me, they would like me even less!'" The fact that people dislike us for invented and ridiculous reasons should not bother us. Superficial and unfounded criticisms are not what we should be concerned with. Instead, let’s focus on what we know we can improve, where we are not meeting our own standards. And if there is any external feedback we consider, any approval we seek, let it come from people who know us well, whom we admire. […] We can ignore everyone else.   This immediately reminded me of a colleague from university. The name I will use is not their real name, but their story is true. It's like superheroes: we all know their story, why they exist, but we don't know their real name. However, I think it hardly matters because he has passed away. He died due to his diabetes. He died before finishing his degree. And the short time I spent with him made me like him a lot. In fact, he probably liked me more than I liked him. Unfortunately, I say now. My consciousness at the time didn’t allow me to see the greatness of the human being he was. His name will be João. The same name as my middle brother. Like my middle brother, João from university was one of the kindest people I have ever known.
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  • Cristina, Alfredo, Orpheu & Eurydice

    20 MAY. 2024 · Wine is made from grape must, which undergoes a natural fermentation process through the action of yeasts that transform the sugar present in the grape into alcohol and carbon dioxide. When there's no more sugar in the liquid, the yeasts die and the fermentation ends. So the grape came into this world to either be eaten or to be turned into wine. If it's eaten, well, its mission on earth is over. But if it's turned into wine, its life will be prolonged for many, many years, and in the best cases, for centuries. This transformation is a very tough process for a grape. And you'll soon understand what I'm trying to say here.   The process of turning grapes into wine involves harvesting the grapes, or "vindima," (as we say in Portuguese) at the right time. It cannot be too early or too late. Then, the way they are transported is crucial to prevent them from being bruised or crushed. Otherwise, the next stage, fermentation, might start prematurely. But before fermentation, the grapes are crushed. After that, they move on to the fermentation stage. Alcoholic fermentation occurs when microorganisms called yeasts transform sugars into ethanol (alcohol), energy (heat), and gas, along with secondary products. This process happens differently for red and white wines. Once fermentation is complete, the filtration process begins. The goal of this phase is to separate the solid phase in suspension from the liquid phase by passing through a porous surface that constitutes the filtering layer, intended to retain solid particles. Finally, there is the aging and bottling of the wine. Here is the wine. If we translate this to my life, let's say I am in the final stage of fermentation. In other words, I am transforming my sugars (ghosts) into alcohol (my second life). The same processes the grape undergoes happened to our heroine today. Her name is Cristina, a widow, with three children, who turned the loss of her husband 30 years ago into something wonderful. Just like wine. But like the grape before turning into wine, Cristina went through hell and back. Today, the hero’s cape will be worn by a woman: Cristina, sweet like the Portuguese wine Casa Ermelinda Freitas Trincadeira Reserva Tinto. Absolutely fantastic!
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  • Cut of the Episode Meaning of Life (My Thoughts)

    13 MAY. 2024 · Many times, if not always, the plans we draw up are not the plans that God wants for our lives.  That's what happened to Isabel. That's what happened to me. No, I don't have cancer, but life also threw me a curveball. Most likely, I have more than 6 months of life left, although nothing is certain. If you listened to episode 10 of my podcast, you'll hear my story from when I was born until today. I always aspired to higher dreams and goals. One of those dreams was to turn my old company into a major multinational. I was born in July, and according to the zodiac horoscope, my sign is Cancer. These are people who value family a lot. In 2023, I divorced from my former partner, stopped living with my daughters, and a month later, closed my company. I lost the house where I lived, I can't have anything in my name or I lose it. I live in fear of opening the mailbox because a seizure or a court letter could suddenly appear. I live alone, and three weeks ago, I lost my father. However, I can assure you that I've never felt as peaceful as I do now. To get here, I had to be at the bottom of a black hole, without light, cold, damp. Alone with my thoughts. It was during those times that I began to rebuild myself. Not to reclaim what I lost because it's no longer worth it, but to become a more mature, confident, and secure human being. God put people on my path who helped me in this process. Because there is no self-made man. And yes, I'll repeat myself, I'm at peace with myself. If you go to my personal Instagram and Facebook page, you'll find many photos of the sunrise. Almost every day, I go running. I always see the sun rising on those days. Such a beautiful spectacle that I try to capture with my phone so that you can feel a tiny part of what it's like to witness this spectacle (for free). You can't imagine the pleasure I have in watching it from the front row. I have other pleasures in life, like this podcast, or being with my daughters, or watching them play volleyball or basketball. Or opening the door of my house at the end of the day. Hearing the birds' orchestra early in the morning. Talking to more experienced people in life. Or meeting Isabel Veloso and her life story. Turning pain into gratitude. Turning pain into serving others. Living life in the present! Yes, I wish my material problem were solved. It will be, I can guarantee you that. It's just a matter of time! I would love for my daughters to live with me. But they're fine, and if they're fine, I'm fine. I would love to have a big company. I will, in the medium term future. I would love to be able to pay all the people my company owes. It will be done in due time.  I would love for my father to be alive. He's not, and he won't be back, but I will continue to use his smile and kindness towards others. I found peace within myself. I found this love for life within myself. Just like Isabel Veloso, this podcast is also a celebration of life... that renews itself every week so that all of us, including me, can be even happier.  Just like Isabel Veloso, it's through transforming pain into joy that I plan to live the rest of my life. There's no need to search for the Holy Grail because it resides within me.
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  • Ayrton Senna

    6 MAY. 2024 · Since January of this year, we've been constantly talking about people who have contributed to making the world a better place. Even if it was their own world... Almost all of these heroes, whom I deeply admire, started from the place where they were born and raised. In the last episode, we talked about a King. King David, and today I'm going to talk about another king. Not a king with the royal title, but a king who, although he has already died, continues to transmit his faith to his Brazilian brothers and sisters, and beyond. The three-time Formula 1 champion, one of my heroes since the late 80s, the great Ayrton Senna. He was always someone who brought great joy to the Brazilian people. Firstly, with victories in Sunday races after lunch (in Portugal's time zone) and then, after his death, providing conditions for everyone to have the chance to succeed in their lives. One of Ayrton's dreams was to help his people so that everyone could have the same opportunities to succeed in life. The right to have a future and to have hope. To change the scenario of Brazil. His sister Viviane Senna turned this dream into reality with the creation of the Ayrton Senna Institute. In 2024, this institution celebrates its 30th anniversary and works to transform thousands of lives. This is what greatness is all about... continuing the dream of a racing champion but also a champion of life. It has been 30 years since his death on May 1st, but his legacy is very much present in Brazil and also in my heart. Ayrton for me is a flower that will always be placed on my Wall of Hope, and like him, I want tomorrow to be much better than today. I hope to convey to you the energy that he transmits to me every day. As beautiful as my beautiful Madeira Island.
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  • King David

    29 ABR. 2024 · There's a story of Buddha where a huge number of disciples were meditating, seeking spiritual enlightenment. It only happened with one, who when he discovered what it was to be an enlightened being, began to laugh. The disciple whom no one gave anything for. The same thing happened with today's hero. I mean, he's the reference hero of this podcast. Our young David. Who became the King of all Israel for 40 years. The prosperous reign that made Israel a great country. If you ask an Israeli to tell the story of King David, you'll notice the pride with which they speak of their King. If you go to Israel, you'll see all kind of things in honour of his King: King David Hotels, King David Souvenirs etc. Even the star on the flag of Israel is related to David. One of the theories about the Star of David is that: According to Jewish tradition, this symbol was engraved on the shields of King David's army warriors. I've already talked about him in the first episode but I think he deserves more than just one episode. The more I read about David, the more impressed I am with the legacy he left us. Not only me but all of us. He slew Goliath, fought the Philistines, and became a very powerful king, leaving his succession to another all-powerful. He was the most successful king in the history of Israel. Today it's him, once again. Ladies and gentlemen, His Royal Highness King David.
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  • Meaning of Life

    22 ABR. 2024 · In today's episode, I'll tell a story of a 17-year-old Brazilian girl who understood the true meaning of success in life. To reach this conclusion, she had to go through a very painful process that she has not yet finished. It seems it's always like this: we have to "kill" ourselves to reach the treasure. In this girl's case, she literally had to "kill" herself to discover that true happiness lies in serving others, not being served, that it's the little things that bring beauty to our journey on this earth, not the grand moments, and finally, feeling grateful for being here. This last part may be difficult to understand in the case of Isabel, our heroine today. Isabel Veloso, her name, is 17 years old, Brazilian, and a beautiful girl. Unfortunately, she will only live for another 4 months (according to doctors) because she has an incurable cancerous tumor. But even so, let's make the most of these 4 months of her life left to learn from her what it means to live with purpose. We have a lot to learn from her. It's her that I'm going to talk to you about today... https://oncoexperts.com.br/artigo/como-e-feito-o-autotransplante-de-medula-ossea https://www.cuf.pt/saude-a-z/linfoma-de-hodgkin My personal Instagram account: @favelosacamara Isabel Veloso Personal Account: @isabelveloso
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  • Episode 14 - Why I'm doing This? (short episode)

    15 ABR. 2024 · I'm tired. I was away from Madeira Island last weekend, so I didn't have time to prepare today's episode like I usually do. However, I have this commitment to you, so I made this episode, although shorter than usual. So, I removed the part from the episode "My Story" about why I'm doing this, why I'm making this podcast and create this new one. Making this podcast has also given me strength to overcome my Goliath who is currently challenging me. I appreciate all of you who regularly listen to my podcast, and I sincerely hope it also helps you in your daily life. In the final part, there's an excerpt from Brad Pitt that explains my gratitude to you. Thank you once again!
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Podcast that talks about how to face and bring down the Giants. Is being a giant really an asset or a weakness? Should I give up or play by my...

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Podcast that talks about how to face and bring down the Giants. Is being a giant really an asset or a weakness? Should I give up or play by my own rules? Should I give up and accept this as a fate of my life or confront it?

My name is Francisco Câmara and I will share stories of real people, known or unknown, rich or poor, who faced significant challenges in their lives and in some cases inspired millions of people around the world.

This podcast will also the continuation of the work that Malcolm Gladwell started 10 years ago and through is book David and Golias
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