Posted in friends, friendship, life, silence speaks, tagged friends, friendship, journeys, life, quotes, silence speaks, thoughts on October 23, 2014 |
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“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
Was it only a few days ago when I blogged about finding happiness in simple things? I found these wonderful words from Henri Nouwen (another favorite author) which exactly echo my own thoughts. Time and again, I’ve quoted the same words when I blog about friendship.Sometimes, you are lucky to be inspired by how other people see things, how they look at life from their end, how in one way or another, you feel that you are exactly at that same place and you smile because you are blessed.
My youngest brother and I love to talk about our younger years. Early this morning he asked me how I am going to celebrate my birthday. Will there be a party? At my age, you don’t call it a party but a gathering of friends you are close to. You laugh out loud at some silly jokes but no one would really mind because they laugh at the same things. You shed a tear or two and they also get teary-eyed while sharing their own unique journeys. Kindred souls…that’s who we are. They lift you up when things seem to be not right in your world and they are not blind to your faults. I look forward to seeing them again soon.
I found this lovely meme from one of my friends’ timeline. How true! It’s from lessonslearnedinlife.com.
You’re lucky when you find a friend who celebrates with you at your best and be there for you at your worst.
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Posted in Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, Faith, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on October 16, 2014 |
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Mornings are definitely getting colder. Officially, we’re now at the start of the Amihan season, dominated by trade winds which means cooler temperature. Hopefully, gone are the days of flash flood, thunderstorms and endless rain showers. On second thoughts, it is during the months of November and December that the Philippines experiences stronger typhoons when the southwest monsoon meets the northeast winds. I like this lovely season best of all, a clear sign that Christmas is near. Oh, I am not counting, I’m just excited about it all :)
Imagine yourself going to bed at an ungodly hour of 7pm and waking up at an even crazier time of 3am. I like it though, when you feel the palpable quiet all around, no motorcycles and motor cars to disturb the peace, just those silent moments of introspection and soul-searching. It’s an additional bonus to write a blog with an uninterrupted and faster internet connection.
Gosh, I’ll be turning 58 in ten days, a certified and indulgent “lola”. Life is good and I am grateful. When I think of the times I went through in the past I could not help but wonder how I was able to stay standing still. Those are my favorite words nowadays, standing still. Standing still amidst the vicissitudes of life, standing still amidst the trying times that you have no control of, standing still despite and in spite of every bend on the road that you encounter. I am grateful though for the endless blessings that God bestows on me and my family. Believe me, the trying times make one stronger and braver because they make you realize that you possess that inner strength and courage to face it all. I remember what Nissa told me yesterday about what Nate recently learned. I smile at the thought that my almost two-year old grandson is learning positive attitude at such a tender age. When you say “God is good“, he would answer in a clear voice with two hands raised, “all the time”.
A friend once told me that as you get older, you tend to reminisce about the good old days and the times that made you really, really smile. Isn’t that what life is all about? The past carries with it lessons that would help us in our present journey. I do remember. We ought to be growing wiser with age and welcoming getting older with grace.
Joy is shaped by simple pleasures.
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Posted in blessings, Close to Nature, journeys, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged Close to Nature, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on October 9, 2014 |
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You watch -
as the grey dawn turns into gold
as the silver rain droplets stubbornly cling
to the taro leaves creating jewel-like dots
as the colony of ants meet and kiss
storing food for the rainy day.
Then a little sparrow perched on top
of the dried trunk of your avocado tree.
To your surprise, it started singing
and it made your day.
You can’t help the smile on your face.
to make that hot cup of coffee.
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Posted in birthdays, blessings, Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on October 2, 2014 |
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I actually thought of posting a blog yesterday but things got in the way as usual, it was a busy, busy day. Finally, Josef and I were able to finish cleaning the garden and trimming the carabao grass. It looks more like a garden now, thank God.
How I wish the thunderstorms we’re having every afternoon would let up a bit and let me enjoy the sun all day long. The heavy downpour yesterday made going home an agony for most commuters. My daughter and son-in-law got stuck in traffic for around two hours when on normal days, travel time is only about thirty to forty-five minutes. I told them to always have something to munch on inside the car for such eventualities. I left the corporate world fourteen years ago, but sometimes I miss the daily commute, the camaraderie we had with fellow commuters and office mates. Back in those days, we had carpooling , sharing a ride with friends who lived in the same area so travel time was more enjoyable than the options public commuters have now, jostling with a big crowd, waiting in line on MRT trains that frequently break down, smelling the exhaust fumes of motor vehicles, buses and jeepneys in all corners of Metro Manila. These are those times that I am grateful to be in the comfort of our home sans the traffic and everything that goes with it.
I am glad October is finally here. It’s my birth month so I am excited. Time flies! I don’t mind growing old really, I am just grateful and thankful for all the blessings in my life. At times though, unseen problems show their ugly faces but what is life without challenges? Wear age with grace – never mind the grey hair that show regularly like a proud crown on your head, never mind the aching joints that make you sometime sleepless, never mind the wrinkles that crop up before you can even say, “gosh, I am getting old”. Two years from now, I will be able to line up at the senior lane in supermarkets. Two years from now, I will be able to buy medicines at a discount. Two years from now, I won’t have to pay Philhealth contributions so I could enjoy the benefits attached to it. Two years from now, when Nate turns four, I will be able to teach him to read by himself and appreciate nature through the camera lens. You see, happiness is how you make it. Getting another year older won’t be a hindrance though, it somehow makes life something to cherish even more.
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Posted in blessings, blogging, journeys, life, Mama Mary, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged blogging, inspirations, journeys, life, my 1500th post, silence speaks, thoughts on September 8, 2014 |
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It has been more than five years now since I ventured into blogging at WordPress. It took me almost a year before I was able to add something to my lone post (a short poem, if I remember) because I didn’t even know how to navigate the site. I didn’t even know how to pick a nice theme that would go with what I planned to write about. Blogging at Friendster and Multiply before opening one at WordPress was quite easy but I was not able to save all my blog posts there when the two platforms bade goodbye for good. Sometimes I wish I could recapture what I wrote there but thoughts are fleeting, you’ll never know what would inspire you, something good enough to share, something good enough to write about, something good enough to inspire others too.
I started Dreams and Escapes because I wanted to share my journey as a cancer patient/survivor. I dreamed of inspiring people who are traveling the same journey with me, maybe not on the same road but with the same destination, that of getting well and living life without that extra baggage of thinking that we are not hundred percent fit. I was pleasantly surprised that a lot of them found my blog and they come back to update me on what is happening in their lives. That alone is one blessing that I treasure so much. Through the years, it has evolved into an online diary (well, sort of). Through the years, I have shared so much of myself through my short posts and I deeply appreciate the views, comments, likes and finding new online friends.
Life is hard. Who said it isn’t? Life is one long journey of faith, hope and dreams. Into each life some rain must fall so they always say. Sometimes though, that bit of rain becomes a deluge and it’s hard to see the sun shining through. Sometimes, you swim into it without knowing how you will reach the shore. Sometimes, you just stare and remember in some distant past how life has been. You wonder how you stayed standing still. You wonder how you got through the storms. You remember the days you cried. You remember the days you laughed with tears of joy.
I always look forward to this day. September 8 is Mama Mary’s birthday in the Catholic calendar. For the past three years, my blog has registered a tremendous leap and all because of my various posts on Mama Mary. WordPress must be wondering where all these viewers are coming from because they have sent three messages since last night saying that my stats are booming and my blog is getting lots of traffic. And all because of Mama Mary. Though one can’t measure how popular or how good a blog is, having more than a thousand viewers at any given day is so amazing.
Life may be hard but the lovely moments always stand out. The meaningful experiences always teach a lesson. Here I am, standing still.
You published your 1500th post on this blog!
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My Christmas countdown begins…..
Welcoming the BER months with anticipation and joy! It’s the month of the year when you think of Christmas, family reunions, Simbang Gabi, longer and colder nights.
Hello September, what do you have in store for me?
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Posted in Close to Nature, journeys, life, photography, silence speaks, thoughts, tagged Close to Nature, journeys, life, photography, reflections, thoughts on August 27, 2014 |
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I love taking shots of the blue sky. Everything looks so clean and fresh when you see the sun after the rain.
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