Dear son

Dear son,

Happy birthday!

Be happy! This is what I wish for you.

I start with Howard Thurman’s wisdom, the one advice I have repeated so many times, and that you know so well… “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”


Pedro, you are a fantastic human being. You bring a lot of joy to the world, so start by recognizing that you already have many reasons to be happy.

Be grateful! Be happy!

Fill your days with those things that make you happy. Don’t wait for the future. Many times we abdicate from living and enjoying the present thinking that we will be happier when certain conditions come together in the future. Try not to do that. Live in the present moment, the here-now, and fill it with joy. Here. Now.

Be happy!

Visualize what would make you happier. Think about the people whose lives you admire and ask yourself, “What do I need to do to be my own version of that individual?” After you’ve done that, change the approach, and ask yourself, “What do I need to do to be the best possible version of myself? What do I need to do to be all that I can be?” The truth is that you can only be yourself, so trying to be someone else is a recipe for failure. All you should ask of yourself is for you to be best you. That’s all. And it is enough.

Be you, and remember that we experience a greater happiness when we make others happy. So, continue to do what you are already doing: help others on their journeys. Make them them happy, and you will be happy.


With all my love,


P.S. And remember that “you get from it what you put into it.” And this does not mean that you only get results if you work hard. It also means that you get kindness, if you put kindness in; that you get understanding if you put understanding in. You get from it what you put into it.


Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect and write, and who not only aspires to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches Mindfulness Meditation and Mindful Living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He leads mindfulness silent retreats and organizes Silent Peace Walks. He lives in Florida, USA. Join his Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness Living sessions at Yoga Source in Coral Springs (Sundays at 9:00 AM) and at Shiwa Yoga in Deerfield Beach (Thursdays at 6:30 AM and 12:30 PM)


Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store

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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”


– “Silent Peace Walk”\

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