Buenos Dias – Let’s Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

I’m not a survivor. Survivor comes from saying you barely made it and you’re a victim. I am triumphant. I’m not a survivor. Carlos Santana, musician

Originally, Cinco de Mayo was an annual celebration to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire on May 5, 1862. Unfortunately, the victory was short lived. Today Cinco de Mayo is more popularly celebrated in the United States than Mexico. The date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. 

Celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863. The day gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s thanks especially to advertising campaigns by beer and wine companies. Today, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl. I’ll have an tamale and a Corona, please.

Affirmation: I’m enriched by the diversity of cultures.

Coaching question: What’s your favorite Mexican food? How has your life been enriched by the inclusion of a variety of cultures?



Photo by Taiana Martinez (Tai’s Captures) on Unsplash

Celebrating Those We Have Lost

When we die, we will turn into songs, and we will hear each other and remember. Rob Sheffield, American journalist

One way I celebrate my Nebraska roots and my dad’s life is by watching University of Nebraska football. In case you don’t know, Nebraska fans are the twelfth man on the field and the loudest, most passionate, best informed fans in college football. When the stadium in Lincoln is filled, as it has been since 1962, it becomes the third largest city in the state. Water pressures drop during half time.

Sometimes maintaining traditions, whether that means making a certain recipe, growing a particular flower, or watching a special sports team, is the best way to celebrate those we have lost. It’s game day. Go Big Red!!

Affirmation: I celebrate.

Coaching question: What tradition do you celebrate in memory of a loved one who has died?