Through life’s twist and turns, we seldom find friendship. Once that phenomenon happens, however, we usually try to sustain the relationship as long as possible. Those twists and turns usually negate close relationships. I have a few friends that date back to High School. A few made a bit later in life. Most of my friends are the result of a sustained acquaintance.
A few years ago, I met Miguel Delafeunte. He had just arrived in Panama from Spain and was checking out the opportunities in Chiriquí. He finally settled in Panama City. Miguel and I have maintained that sustained acquaintance status for all those years. Do I consider him a friend? Of course! He just spent three days and two nights with me. We share the love of business, our adopted country, Panama, and brainstorming new opportunities and ideas.
Miguel is a product of Europe’s educational system and looks at the world much differently than my friends from North America. We agree on most everything except food. He’s a vegetarian. When I discovered this, I pointed to the back yard, handed him an orange and told him to “graze” if he got hungry. (he likes my homemade bread, tho.)
Miguel and I agree that the future for Panama is extremely bright. We’re attacking the opportunities from different angles and bases of operation but the results will turn out the same; prosperity and a good life for us and our associates.