Gente que Cuenta

by Leonor Henríquez

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“In the end I forgot all my rational thoughts and decided to go with what my heart suggested…”

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“Knowledge is sailing in an ocean of uncertainties
 through archipelagos of certainties.”

(Edgar Morin, French philosopher)

      Today I had to make an important decision in record time.

The people behind me were starting to lose patience.

But I, eager to reach that beach of certainties and not shipwreck in my own uncertainties, could not afford to make mistakes.

I set out to analyze, in microseconds, the pros and cons of each proposal.

I explored its potential repercussions in detail.

I turned them up and down, weighing them from every possible angle.

I made a graph in my mind, compared my own statistics.

The people around me showed signs of concern.

I think it is counterproductive to display a shelf with all the possible varieties just before the supermarket cash register:

Dark with whole hazelnuts, dark with marzipan, milk with almonds, milk with coconut, milk with walnuts and Jamaican rum, white with cookie pieces, in short…

Yes, chocolates. It’s not fair.

In the end I forgot all my rational thoughts and decided to go with what my heart suggested.

I chose the one that winked at me, white chocolate, very sweet, with mango and passion fruit flavor (the brand is Ritter Sport, in case you doubt it)

I paid for the purchase and even the cashier breathed a sigh of relief.

I arrived home and sat down to enjoy my delicacy.

My beloved husband rightly said that decisions made with the mind and reason can lead to good or bad results, but decisions made with the heart, like the one that united our lives, produce glorious results.

There I was, savoring my heavenly chocolate, on the golden beaches of the archipelago of my greatest certainty: love.

www.atril .press Leonor Henríquez e1670869356570

Leonor Henríquez (Caracas, Venezuela) Civil Engineer by training (UCAB 1985), writer and apprentice poet by vocation. From her time in engineering emerged her Office Stories (1997), another way of seeing the corporate world. Her latest publications include reflections on grief, Hopecrumbs (2020) ( and “The Adventures of Chispita” (2021) ( an allegory of life inside Mom’s belly.
Today she shares her “impulsive meditations” from Calgary, Canada, where she lives.

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