A blessed, happy and prosperous 2013 everyone!
A blessed, happy and prosperous 2013 everyone!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Thank you WordPress, you’ve made 2012 a memorable one for me. This is something I look forward to for three years now. A lot of thanks goes to my new friends here for being so supportive in liking and commenting on my blogs.
Here’s an excerpt:
19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 97,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
I was about to make a blog on my to-be-read list for the following year and I suddenly remembered The Book Thief which I read right after I completed my six sessions of chemotherapy. It was an emotional encounter that I’ll never forget. I am still looking for a copy of my own since it was just borrowed by my daughter from their office. And I am re-posting this blog for all its worth. There’s something there that re-echos what I feel at the moment.
“how could something so seemingly insignificant give comfort to someone?”
“how do you give someone a piece of sky?”
This much I remember while I was in the middle of reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’d better jot them down before they become obscured and buried in oblivion. No, I am not attempting to write a book review here, this book deserves a better time and more attention than these few hours before the old year changes into a new one. Call me a little too sentimental crying over a good book but I just did when I finished reading the last page . Some books really touch you to the core and The Book Thief is one of them. It reminds me of Leon Uris’ Mila 18 which I’ve read some thirty years ago. And so far, this is my best read for this year. Reading has been few and far between. I don’t know, I was not really inclined to make a marathon of it but I remember that before my surgery last July, I was so engrossed with almost all of the new books by James Patterson. It would have been nice if we were able to save most of the books in our shelves including our long list of TBRs but then typhoon Ondoy made that a long-lost dream.
So how do you give someone a piece of sky? Dreams never end just because your life turned upside down all of a sudden. Dreams never end just because something unexpected touched you and you felt the pain. Dreams never end just because a few friends turned their backs on you at the time you needed them most. The unfairness seemed magnified at some point in your life but then you realized how lucky you are to still be alive and enjoying another sunny morning, enjoying a few moments of peace just looking at the sunset, dreaming maybe of someone giving you a piece of sky. Lately, I realized that in life, there are more things to be thankful for than to complain about. There are more things that make you happy than things that make you sad and lonely. The trick is to open your eyes to the beauty of everything around you. My illness taught me many things. Everyday should be something special, you have to embrace it as if it were the last day of your life. The journey may not be as smooth as you want it to be, but it is in the struggles which make you stronger than most, being able to face another day with a wide grin and a grateful thanks that you survived the hurdles along life’s way.
Have a blessed new year, a few more days to go and we’ll be changing an old leaf in the calendar.
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Thanks again Richard for being so generous in sharing these quotes from your books.
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“She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her… I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little stratagems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her” – The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
Moments of bliss could be found in simple things – a flower in bloom, the intoxicating scent of each petal lovingly nurtured by God’s hands. I call it life’s tender moments!
To all my followers here at WordPress, I would like to wish a very Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for your encouraging and lovely comments. Thank you too for liking my posts. It’s such a joy to meet you all here! Big thanks too to those who are following me at these sites.
You’ve made blogging something that I look forward to every day.
Time flies! Nate is one month old today. Since I can't go to their place and visit him (because he has a check-up with his pediatrician) I am posting some pictures which I took the other day. He has grown!
I am definitely envious of those long eyelashes. They look so prominent despite the fact that he is barely a month old.