Ramblings of Consciousness


No idea how to start.
As I write I think of the things I would have said when I would be from a different planet. Now I just happen to be here.
I had to think twice this morning when I felt the customary adrenaline rush going up and down my body. At least now I think twice before I open my mouth. I recognize the feeling and stop short from voicing my ideas, which is the reason for my adrenaline trip.
It is all too simple.
What makes me go 300km per hour is not what would make you go faster than a turtle.
I read today at Bad Fish out of Water’s blog that scientists discovered that our DNA carries memories from our ancestors. An orthomolecular doctor once told me that I have an ancient DNA.
Well, I may have brought this adrenaline rush from my ancestors; when they were somewhere in a forest hunting animals or being hunted by them.
Ever heard of Freeze, Flight, Fight reactions? The amygdala part of the brain?
That’s what I am talking about.
By now you’re curious or fed up? What is she talking about?

I am in a 20 minutes writing trip for the writing 101 course. Stream of consciousness non stop.

The first thing that occurred to me today was to say that I have a thing with culture differences; an extra radar, extra care, extra ears and eyes. That stems from having lived in different countries and for working with people with many nationalities. I know so well how easy is to hurt others for no apparent reason.

I have a house full of guests this weekend and up to tomorrow.
Dutch, Brazilian, Irish and Indian.
A melting pot. A wealth of brains and hearts.
A simple decision taken by a Dutch one, known for being direct and straight talkers, might bring a Brazilian, and all other nationalities to an adrenaline rush, just as I described.

It is not intended to offend, nor to hurt, but ouch, it hurts most of the times those who are not used to it.
It is fascinating to observe that.
In fact I love the Dutch directness, because it is pure, honest. A Dutch person never noticed when the rest of the globe just got a punch on the stomach.
I rather know the truth than get some fake excuse, window dressed facts, hiding reality from me.
It is a win-win. No one feels obliged to say or do what one doesn’t want.
But one needs to be prepped to understand the intentions otherwise will feel insulted or offended.
I had a little talk with my husband and daughter this morning so that we are aware of what we say and do not offend our guests.

When people ask my opinion, I say: do you want the Dutch version of the marketing version?
Because if they don’t want to know the truth, better warn me first.

But these ramblings of consciousness should not look like am high on something. If you read this up to this point, you should at least not feel the need to sleep or turn off your computer, but end with something you can bring home. Or may just unfollow me as this is so different from all I have done so far. I will understand that.

The thing is that it is always fascinating to have exposure to people who grew up in different ways and parts of the world, and who like me, also carry memories of their ancestors in their DNA.
That’s what makes this planet deeply interesting and fascinating.

I am attracted to differences and all diversity with the same force that am attracted to making these kind of United Nations gatherings, as peaceful and fun as possible. Otherwise we would end up declaring war against Brazil, Ireland, and india.

Instead of a war, I rather have another wonderful evening as yesterday’s, when we cooked as a team, each one having a defined role in the kitchen, and bringing skills, knowledge and lessons from their home kitchens. Each one adding the touches and spices of their homeland, and this all resulting in a most delicious dinner, followed by conversations colored with ours many layers of differences and uniqueness. It is our different spices that gel us together. We are after all just the same, just humans.

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24 thoughts on “Ramblings of Consciousness

  1. I love the stream of consciousness stuff. And I’m always interested in the subtle (or not so subtle) ways in which we differ that surprise each other. Thank you for the insight into Dutch directness. I have had that experience with Alaskans as well. I also just read about the DNA thing and will be blaming all my quirks on my ancestors!
    Great post!


    1. Hi Paula, thanks for reading my first attempt. Much appreciated.
      It’s fun doing this. I have twice done that but it was the first time that I let it just flow. I had to fix typos and words that not even I could comprehend. lol
      Isn’t that great that besides blaming our parents we can now blame our ancestors? Lol
      Thanks a lot!

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  2. Hoy también yo leí lo del ADN de nuestros antepasados, a los que pienso culpar de esas manías que a veces no sabes de dónde vienen.
    Me encantaría haberme apuntado al curso de escritura 101, pero con el traductor es un poco difícil hacerlo.
    Me ha parecido una entrada muy buena.


    1. Buenas Mariangeles. no te preocupes por el idioma. hacerlo en español como que no es necesario para publicar en The Commons. sólo tienes que seguir las instrucciones que aparecen como una forma de aprender y mejorar la escritura. Siempre te puedo ayudar si me necesitas. Que tengan una semana encantadora. Lucile


  3. This is a great post! I love your ramblings and just what is coming to the forefront of your mind to be then typed out. It is so true that we all need to learn from each other’s cultures. I really like the spice reference as we all bring our own spice of life to the table.


    1. Thank you! It was quite cathartic to write what’s coming to my mind. Typos were many and I could not understand some words neither!
      At the end, missing some ingredients but reflecting thoughts fresh from my brain.
      I’m truly grateful that you liked it.


      1. Yes, NY’s roots are Dutch and perhaps that’s why ;-)… although there have been a lot of other nationalities to season the mix over many years! I love walking in NY City and hearing several different languages being spoken all on just one block 🙂


  4. Lucile, what an interesting post… First of all, to think that I carry my ancestors ‘ memories in my DNA! Some people say I’m like my great grandma so it could definitely be true!
    And the information regarding directness is very interesting… It’s true that different cultures react differently in similar situations… I’m glad you had a great weekend!! Sounds like a fabulous multicultural forum of friendship!


    1. Lia, I have no idea on how their research went to reach such conclusion. I can only say that I do recognize myself in some people from my family, in more than a physical way, and not always to my delight! 😉
      So, you may really have inherited a lot from her.
      Yes, a great and (tiring) weekend…always good to be with them.

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