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Posted in blogging, Faith, journeys, life, ramblings, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, dreams, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on February 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
I woke up this morning remembering a well-loved quote in my head. Many, many years ago, I was on my way to school when I saw this guy who wore a shirt with a lovely quote written in front and it made a big impact on me. Oh yes, short of staring boldly at the words, I committed them to memory and that’s what I remember now. It was written by Langston Hughes, an American poet , playwright and novelist.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Dreams keep us going don’t you think? And I believe, really believe that dreams do come true. Maybe, in my subconscious thought, I remembered these simple lines when I wrote Dreams and Escapes as my blog title. There are simple things in life that give extra meaning to our existence. There are simple things in life that make us smile and inspire us to go on. There are simple things in life that always add color to our everyday existence. When I was in college, I used to fill up whole notebooks of quotes, poems and inspiring words culled from the books I have read. It makes me happy to read them now and then, always with some remembered thoughts of long ago, the years in between, the tears and laughter and teenage angst and frustrations. I was lucky to have worked for three years at my university’s library when I was in college and still luckier to have read so many inspiring books and to have known so many inspiring authors.
I dreamed of one day writing something that would inspire. I dreamed of one day reaching out to people by sharing my thoughts. I am slowly getting there I guess. Dreams inspire us to go on and see life in all its beauty, not blinded by the ugly realities that somehow we have to face.
One day, I’ll write a poem and will share it with you.
Today, February 11, is the 22nd World Day of the Sick which coincides with the commemoration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes. Let us take time to say a prayer for the sick as well as for those caregivers who work hard to ease their suffering, giving hope and encouraging words to help them through their painful journey. The original quote is from St. Thomas Aquinas which goes like this:
To one who has faith , no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Posted in a simple prayer, Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, journeys, life, photography, tagged a simple prayer, Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, life, photography, prayers, silence speaks on February 7, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Two weeks ago I’ve blogged about Adam, a boy Josef and I met at the church and I was impressed by his manners. What a nice surprise because meeting him again this morning made my day. He saw me near the door of the church office and said, “hello po, nagkita po ulit tayo”, at the same time he took my hand and said “mano po”. The words “mano po”, a gesture made by taking the hand of the elder and putting it on one’s forehead is a sign of respect and literally means “bless me”. That moment, I felt like we’ve known each other for quite a long time although it was only the second time we met him. What a well-mannered boy. He waited for us after the mass and pointed his grandparents to Josef and me.
What a blessing to meet kids like Adam.
the hurts linger
and the pain is like an open wound
But life gleams -
and it alters the horizon.
Though the shadows lurk still
the beauty of the day begins.
And there is a ray of hope
for those who still believe
that dreams come true.
You would finally understand
the endless struggles
and the painful journey.
When you get to the end of the road
And you finally see the light
welcoming you home,
you’ll smile and say,
I am blessed after all.
And you utter a silent prayer of thanks.
There would be other places to explore
and you know deep within
that you’ll be ready to journey again.
Posted in Closer to God, Faith, flood, life, reflections, silence speaks, Super typhoon Yolanda, typhoon Haiyan, typhoon Yolanda, typhoons, tagged calamities, Closer to God, devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda, Faith, family life, life, reflections, thoughts and ramblings, typhoon Yolanda on November 22, 2013 | 10 Comments »
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kubler Ross
I am thinking of a nice title for this blog but all I can remember are the faces of those survivors , fellow Filipinos who were directly affected by typhoon Yolanda. We get to see several countries pitching in, embracing us and helping not just financially but their presence in the devastated areas are like beacons of light and hope for everyone. We get to see that the bayanihan spirit is still alive. We get to see people from all walks of life, from all areas in the Philippines doing their share of helping, making their presence felt, trying to reach out to our unfortunate kababayans. And the silent majority are there quietly doing their share of repacking, donating goods and extending their hands and praying that this tragedy would somehow make us realize that life is short but it is never too late to do our bit of kindness. We are in mourning – mourning for the loss of thousands and thousands of people from the Visayas, we are in mourning seeing the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda, we are mourning for those little children whose lives were suddenly cut short.
Some observers say they admire the resilience of every Filipino, the ability that one could still smile despite everything, the desire to rise again from the rubbles and rebuild one’s life despite all the odds. They admire the way we handle grief, weeping in earnest for what happened but life has to go on and we pick up the pieces slowly but with determination that we could do it.
Earlier on, I was one of those who asked, “but where are the local officials and where is the national government?” I would have ranted like the rest of the netizens in the social media whose way of coping was criticizing every move of our government officials, help is slow in coming and it’s a matter of life and death - save our people from extreme hunger and thirst. The former are doing their best to bring sanity to such chaos but it still seems lacking and they need to move fast. I posted this earlier at Facebook and some of my friends had different reactions to it. Short of cursing the government for their slow move, they won’t take it sitting down. The government must know that they lack the push to do what needs to be done.
Rant all you want, criticize all you want but are you doing something? ARE WE DOING OUR SHARE in helping the government make life easier for the typhoon victims? Sec. Dinky Soliman said that this is a collective effort so let us join hands and be one. It does not help that all we do is post negative comments and act as if we know better.
So I told them: I respect all your opinions here. All of us are affected in one way or another by this massive, destructive, enormous and devastating calamity. All I’m saying is that we must not negatively react “lock, stock and barrel” to all the news we read online. And while we all know that it is the government’s duty and responsibility to help our people, let us do our share. Sometimes, ACTIONS ARE BETTER THAN WORDS.
I was surprised to receive this wonderful letter from my niece who is a student at Oklahoma Christian University. She said and I quote:
Hi Tita Arlene! I just wanted to say a quick hello and see how you guys are doing. I also wanted to let you know that even though I know you guys weren’t affected directly by the typhoon recently, my school has sent a lot of love and prayers to the Philippines this past week and a half. We have a Filipino alumna from here who spoke to us today about it and we also had a special prayer time specifically for the Philippines last Tuesday. So if you know anyone who was directly affected, please let them know we’re thinking about them! I definitely think about you guys a lot because it’s been so many years since I’ve seen all of you. I’m glad that you all are okay, and I hope you’re doing well. Please give Nate a hug for me on his birthday this week. I can’t wait for the day until I finally meet him. I always take joy in seeing the pictures that you and Ate Nissa post of him – he’s definitely growing up fast! Anyway, I miss you all and please send everyone my love. Take care always!
Everyone is praying for the Philippines. Our faith is bigger than any storm that comes into our lives. Bangon Pilipinas!
Giving is more meaningful when it comes from the heart.
Be a cheerful giver.