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Becoming a Person Who Helps People

Question from a reader -

Hi Sebastian, a question. I'd like to know how you came to be so... gracious. I've noticed that not only do you preach for others to spread gratitude, but you really do go over-the-top with it. It's a bit unbelieveable at times. But I have a good friend who is always very glad to see me (and everyone else). We aren't close anymore, but I always feel we are. I get the feeling you're similarly genuine. How did that come to be? Have you always been that way? I've been trying to be more thankful, but I don't want it to come off as meaningless as a forced plastic smile.

Well, first, that email totally made my day. Thank you.

Before I answer, I've got to pose a hypothetical question to you. Trust me, it's relevant:

Do you think it's more virtuous to do $5,000 worth of good for someone and get $0 in return, or to do $10,000 worth of good for someone and get $2,000 in return?

I found a way to get out of this "black hole"

On Lost in translation

Oh, yes. I am supposed to say "hello and welcome". So, Hi.

The first thing I would like to say it's that I'm a native Spanish speaker, so if I get lost in translation even when I'm writing English, don't judge me so bad.

The second thing I would like you to know, it is the main purpose of this blog. I found pretty interesting how desperate we found ourselves when we are learning a new language. Specially if you moved to a new country and you really don't know how to ask for help. I don't remember myself when I first learned English, perhaps because I was pretty young, but in French it is just driving me crazy.

So, I read that if you write short stories in the language you want to learn, and people help you to correct it and to improve your vocabulary, your grammar and everything concerned to the language, you might learn faster than you think. Basically, this blog has the purpose to improve my French language (though I accept corrections on my English too), so you will find probably reading a few short stories on French (which will be translated later to English) and I would love if anyone could help to write them correctly.

That's the way I found to get out of this language "black hole" (Oh, I must say, my major is on Physics, so that's why you will find a lot of idioms with those things).

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