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“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.”
― Ray Bradbury
A friend shared this lovely post about common sense and I asked her if I could share it too with all of you here. It’s that subtle difference between being wise and knowing what is right or wrong.
“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?” – Mary Manin Morrisey
Posted in Happiness, life, ramblings, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, Happiness, life, pursuit of happiness, silence speaks, something to think about, thoughts and ramblings on March 18, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Happiness is a choice. Always choose to be happy.
Posted in blogging, family, family life, life, ramblings, tagged cell-phone snatching, family life, life, men on motorbikes, security, something to think about, thoughts and ramblings, undisciplined motorcycle riders on January 18, 2013 | 5 Comments »
Not long ago, two years to be exact, I blogged about these men on two wheels that ply Metro Manila in droves nowadays. Kindly click this link so you’ll know what I am talking about.
In our more than seventeen years of stay here in our subdivision, this is the first time that our security (my family and I) was threatened by a crazed-gun-toting man who calls himself “police” as if the mere mention of the word would scare the living daylights out of you instead of protecting you from the harmful elements of the society. Do you think this is normal? Or maybe it has become the norm in our world instead that these men exist. Evil lurks everywhere. I am not writing about this to scare everyone, rather it’s just to make you aware that there are people out there who earn their keeps by doing something unacceptable and scary at most. You’re no longer safe even in your own homes or right in front of it. Generally, our place is peaceful, our immediate neighbors are like extended family to us and some of them are nodding acquaintances who we all know by face. What happened last night though makes me think otherwise.
My son was on his way home last night at around 8:15pm (still early), just about a few meters away from our front gate when he was accosted by a man in a motorcycle and asked him if he has seen a boy who allegedly snatched a cellphone. Their exact conversation was:
“May nakita ka bang bata na tumakbo rito, nag-agaw ng cellphone?” The man was on a motorbike wearing a dark helmet. My son answered “wala eh” at the same time went on his way to our gate. Then the man said “police ako” and repeated the same question and asked where he lives. My son pointed to our house which is right behind them. Then he asked to see his cellphone and my son showed it to him. He snatched it at the same time pointing a gun at him and a few seconds later fired the gun he was holding into the air. There is a sari-sari store right next to our house and someone saw what happened. The latter recalled that the supposed “police” shouted “takbo” so even the bystander ran for cover. To cut the story short, the security team of our subdivision arrived and later a police and some of the officers of our village association. Earlier on, they told us that someone was also victimized in the town proper and they ran after the motorcycle riding hold-upper. And one of the security officers said that it has been the usual story told by previous victims of snatching in other Rizal towns in the past two years. My question is, why is the gunman still at large? Based on the description of the bystander, it seemed that it was the same individual who did the firing. My son was not able to recognize his face because he wore a dark helmet. The thing is, one of our neighbors in the next street joined us and asked, “dito po ba galing yung putok ng baril?” Everyone answered in the affirmative. He said further that the bullet passed through the plywood covering the vacant aircon unit in their bedroom and their baby was there inside. Good thing, the baby’s toys cushioned the impact of the slug. What if the bullet pierced the glass windows of their bedroom, it might have hurt the child. The moment I heard this, I felt like I was walking on air. It was too much to hear that an innocent baby could have been hurt.
We see violence every day on television or hear it over the radio but when you are the victim, it’s a different story. I urge everyone to be cautious always in their surroundings and when they see suspicious-acting men in bikes. Most accidents that are reported nowadays are on motorbikes. I have nothing against people who use this type of conveyance but there are riders out there who use them for victimizing innocent people.
I also urge our subdivision officers and security personnel to strictly impose “no helmet” policy inside the subdivision when they let passersby access our roads. I urge my fellow homeowners to be alert all the time and report any incident that affects our security as a whole. May this be a lesson to all of us that we should not be complacent even if we are familiar with a place, we’ll never know when something like this happens again. The scenario keeps playing in my head. It’s quite different when you are divested of your belongings like cellphones but to be threatened by a gun?
What is happening to the world?
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Posted in blogging, ramblings, silence speaks, thoughts, Uncategorized, tagged a bit of myself, blog, blogging, checking e-mails, silence speaks, something to think about, thoughts and ramblings on December 12, 2012 | 4 Comments »
I am so wary of opening e-mails that simply say, No Subject. I feel as if I am threatened and subjected to something that I don’t really want to know. Sometimes though, I feel that certain curiosity and open them just the same just to be confronted with just a one-line link which I simply delete and put to trash. Even when it comes from relatives and close friends if the link looks suspicious, deleting it is the only option. Why compromise your inbox with unwanted e-mails? I have experienced that before with my Twitter account and I have to change my password so many times just to be on the safe side. The downside is, I seldom visit my Twitter account now since I need to check on my journal first before checking tweets because I’ve written a long password complete with characters and numbers. I just feel lazy sometimes to check it with that long, long password.
One of the things I like about blogging at WordPress is their strict monitoring of spam mails. Come to think of it, there must have been more than ten thousand spam mails since I started blogging here three years ago. It’s kind of annoying that I see them everyday and they are the first thing I delete when I open my dashboard to check my stats. They’re getting bold. How would you feel if you blog on some reflections about life or about religious things and you suddenly see ads with some “sex things” written on them? It is offensive. One thing I am wishing is, if it is a spam mail, why do you still need to show it, why not just delete it so bloggers won’t be clogged with unwanted e-mails? After all, who would want to have his blog inundated with such trash?
More than a year ago, I encountered a site which copied one of my blogs and there was never a link back. They just substituted a few words and claimed it as their own. The only time they stopped visiting my blog was when I boldly blogged about the site in my title page and reported it at WordPress. That’s why now and then, I check with Copyscape. It may not be one sure way of protecting one’s thoughts and writings but it helps in tracking down some unwanted sites from sabotaging what you have painstakingly wrote.
My own take is this, if it is not originally yours, put the link or source where you got it from. That’s common courtesy in the blogging world, I think. And don’t just open something with a No Subject.
Posted in blessings, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, prayers, silence speaks, tagged A Year of Faith, Closer to God, Faith, life, prayers, silence speaks, something to think about on October 11, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Year of Faith: Oct. 11, 2012-Nov. 24, 2013
The Year of Faith starts from the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council on 11 October 2012 until the Solemnity of Christ the King on 24 November 2013. The Year of Faith is an invitation for all Catholics to go back to God – to renew our faith individually, as a family, as a community, as one Catholic Church. I love how Pope Benedict summarizes its purpose: to give fresh impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead human beings out of the wilderness in which they often find themselves to the place of life, friendship with Christ that gives us life in fullness.
I was talking to a priest friend early this morning over the phone and he shared a little of what their family is undergoing right now. His father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and the cancer cells have unfortunately affected his other organs. The doctor suggested palliative care, just to ease the pain without having him confined longer at the hospital. Then he asked how we coped when I found out that I had stage 3 colon cancer and underwent six sessions of chemotherapy in the process. It is always hard to act normally when a family member is ill but it’s really important to show moral support and yes, act normal. Carry on as you meant to but show more love and concern. Unless you experience the same predicament, you can never empathize enough. When you are ill, insecurity stares at you in the face but the best thing to overcome it is always having enough faith that you will get well. God’s ways are not ours but God’s ways are the best. And prayers are the best gifts we could give to someone. No matter how short it is if it comes deep from your heart, then it is the best prayer you can offer.
Max Lucado expressed it beautifully when he said “Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it’s true.”
Posted in life, ramblings, reflections, rituals, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged family life, good manners and right conduct, life, silence speaks, something to think about on September 20, 2012 | 7 Comments »
Good Manners and Right Conduct – lessons learned from Kindergarten. I distinctly remember that GMRC (as it was called then) was one of the major subjects we learned in grade school. I was in a public school during my elementary years and in every corner of the room, you will see such slogans or shall I say, quotations which still hold true in our lives.
Honesty is the best policy.
Don’t talk when your mouth is full.
Simplicity is beauty.
And the golden rule tops it all. You don’t need to read Emily Post to observe courtesy and simple rules, right? Robert Fulghum has summarized everything is his book, All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
Growing up in a household where kissing the hands of the elders is a rule and saying prayers before meals is a must, one learns that simple common courtesy, being tactful and polite, being humble and patient somehow make a big difference from being called a brat to being called a well-brought up individual. They say that during the first seven years of a child’s life, his brain is like a sponge. If you haven’t instilled the values you want your child to learn by then, teaching him to be more responsive would be hard later on. It does reflect on the parents what manners you have taught your children and believe me, they will carry it through their adult lives.
Attracting attention to yourself in public….talking loudly, conspicuous clothes, staring at people….How important is keeping good manners and right conduct alive? It’s true, you become more credible when you are in touch with your manners.
Posted in guilty pleasures, inspirational, inspiring stories, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, writing, tagged inspirational quotes, life, literature and Fiction, quotes, Quotes by Richard Paul Evans, reflections, Richard Paul Evans, something to think about on September 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
I now have almost a hundred quotes from one of my favorite authors, Richard Paul Evans. I am sharing more….
I just could not resist taking this personality quiz online. I was just curious how they will interpret my answers to the 41 questions posted at the site. Oh yes, it is somewhat intriguing when other people tell you what they perceive you to be. But then, almost all of it is quite true. Except maybe for the career options – I’ve never dreamed being a CEO or a judge or a lawyer or a scientist at that. I used to work in a bank until twelve years ago and maybe that of having an analytical approach to problems is ingrained enough. Sometimes, my kids jokingly tell me that I am OC. And it’s true, I always like having a well-run household, I place so much importance in the order of things, in short, I just like being organized at all times. Here’s the result of the quiz I took:
Your Personality Type
Assertive and outspoken. They are driven to lead. Excellent ability to understand difficult organizational problems and create solid solutions. Intelligent and well-informed, they usually excel at public speaking. They value knowledge and competence and usually have little patience with inefficiency or disorganization.
Careers That could fit You Includes:
Business executives, CEO, organization founders, business administrators, managers, entrepreneurs, judges, lawyers, computer consultants, university professors, politicians, credit investigators, marketing department manager, mortgage banks, system analysts, scientists.