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Archive for January 12th, 2011


It’s Wednesday. The  sun briefly showed its face this morning then it hid the whole day behind the clouds.  It’s a perfect time for gardening.  I haven’t done any weeding for the last few months but this morning I joined hubby and my son (who’s day-off falls on a weekday) to trim the overgrown carabao grass.  I’ve missed this activity, digging your hands  in the dirt and just  letting time pass slowly while you are busy pulling out stubborn weeds lodged in between the Fukien tea plants.   There is something so soothing and so peaceful  while you are in a garden, a  serenity that you cannot find somewhere else.

The foot path is clearly visible now.    The problem with carabao grass is that you have to trim it at least once every month,  every three weeks at the most or else you’d be left with tangled weeds which look a little bushy.

I found these little flowers growing side by side with our Bromeliads,  Vinca and Yellow Iris.   I actually miss the profusion of flowers here. Everything is almost green now except for this lovely Bougainvillea which we are growing as a shade for  the  grotto.

Then I remember this quote, “the earth laughs in flowers.” Was it from E.E Cummings?

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I remembered Morrie Schwartz in Tuesdays With Morrie while  I was reading Mitch Albom’s book,  Have A Little Faith.  He was Albom’s teacher and mentor. He had his own book which I was lucky to read entitled Letting Go. Some books leave a lifetime impression on us, some books have that ability to entice you to read them over and over again.  I wrote and jotted down so many quotes while reading  Tuesdays  with Morrie.

“Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do”; “Accept the past as past without denying it or discarding it”; “Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others”; “Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved.”
“Dying, is only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else. So many of the people who come to visit me are unhappy.”

“Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.”“A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somewhere in the middle.” “A wrestling match. Yes you could describe life that way.” “Which side wins?” “Love wins. Love always wins.”

“Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”“You know what that reflects? Unsatisfied lives. Unfulfilled lives. Lives that haven’t found meaning. Because if you’ve found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can’t wait until sixty-five.”

“Without love, we are birds with broken wings.”

” If you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too–even when you’re in the dark.”

“If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it will happen anyhow.”

So many words of wisdom packed in such a small volume, and here’s more from Albom’s other book, Have A Little Faith.

“God sings, we hum along, and there are many melodies, but it’s all one song – one same, wonderful, human song.

“Look.  I know what I believe.  It’s in my soul.  But I constantly tell our people: you should be convinced of the authenticity of what you have, but you must also be humble enough to say that we don’t know everything.  And since we don’t know everything, we must accept that another person may believe something else.”‘

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