Posted in blessings, blog update, blogging, family, family life, journeys, life, my blogging journey, thoughts and ramblings, tagged blogging, family life, journeys, New Year 2017, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, year-end blog 2016 on December 28, 2016|
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As all things go, there is an end to everything – days, months and years included. And yes, 2016 is about to end and we think of those things we did this year, old and new friends we met, family togetherness, places we dreamed of visiting, lessons learned, hours wasted on senseless thoughts (sometimes) and all the other things that make life and living worthwhile.
It’s been a quiet year for us except those times we went out as a family to celebrate birthdays and those times we had visitors at home to celebrate with us too. It is always nice to get in touch with friends, sharing meals together and being happy just exchanging news and ideas. It is always nice to be with the whole family celebrating togetherness no matter how simple it is. We do find meaning in the ordinary things in our lives, one has to look back, discern, and admire what is before us. We find meaning in our brokenness, those times when we felt so down and everyone cared, we are just grateful for that.
Do you make new year’s resolution? I’ve never been good at keeping one. They always get broken one way or another. So I dream, make some of it into reality and just enjoy what is in store. The days are not always happy, some are like memories blurred at the edges, some are like a closed book so pleasant to discover, some are lovely thoughts waiting to be shared.
Blogging has become one major step to sharing with online friends. It is such pure heaven to meet fellow bloggers who share their lives, their hobbies, their families and their precious photos and memories. Blogging has become a daily exercise that I look forward to, reshaping my views with the world outside. Blogging has become a pleasant tool for friendship. I’ve finally reached more than 2,000 followers including my 90 followers linked at Twitter. Isn’t it nice that every day, the blog stats increase a little more than before? It’s close to 445,000 views now. I made a total of 157 blog posts this year, add maybe two or three more before the year ends. The wonder of blogging. May I just thank you all for sharing with me through my blogs and yours? Thank you, thank you so much.
May the next year be a pleasant, happy and fruitful one for all of us. Happy 2017 guys.
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Posted in Closer to God, Happiness, inspirational, reflections, tagged Christmas 2016, Christmas celebrations, Happiness, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on December 21, 2016|
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Whatever else be lost among the years, let us keep Christmas still a shining thing; Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, let us hold close one day, remembering It’s poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.-grace noll crowell
Remembering this lovely message about Christmas. It’s that time of year again when we get so busy with preparations. There is a much-awaited guest, a little child born in Bethlehem.
The celebration of Christmas may not be that always happy for everyone. There are people who spend their Christmas on the street on a cold winter night. There are people who make use of cardboard boxes in some corner for their beds. There are people who never know the twinkle of the tinsel on the Christmas tree or the bright lights that adorn it. Christmas is just another day or night of begging on the streets. Not all of us are lucky to open gifts, prepare a lot of food on the table, exchange warm hugs or listen to Christmas carols. The joy that Christmas brings is non-existent in their lives.
What is happiness? People say happiness depends on our outlook in life, the way we experience things and the way we react to them. It is not so much of the material things in our life but more on peace of mind, contentment, purity of heart, a positive attitude towards life, a sense of well-being, or a roof over one’s head and food on the table.
Happiness could be found in the simplest of things in our lives. A smile makes us happy, more so when it comes from strangers we meet on the streets. A simple hello would put a smile on one’s face and is usually answered with another hello.
No matter what the circumstances, remember always to be happy. Celebrating Christmas is one reason to put a smile on your face.
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I am not fond of selfies, those photos many take on their cellphones every day and post them on their Facebook wall. How many times must you take a picture of yourself in a day just to be in a “selfie mood” so to speak?
There are so many apps linked to Facebook nowadays. I just tried one of them for fun and here’s the result.
The first photo was taken a week before my 60th birthday last October. It’s an ID taken at the studio which I used for my SSS application. The second one was a snapshot of the video taken during my GMA Channel 7 episode, May Magic Ang Pasko. The third photo is my Avatar profile here and my profile picture at the moment at FB, a shot from one of my favorite places – Caleruega. Photographs capture a moment that is forever gone except in memories.
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