Posted in Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, tagged courage and strength, Faith, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on January 7, 2017 |
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I had another play with an app on Facebook. Sometimes, they hit the nail on the head, sometimes it is just a play with words. Are they just looking in to a few shout outs I made there?
Here’s what it says:
Not everyone knows the fights you have had to fight in life. Not everyone sees your scars and the things that you had to go through. What they see is a smile on your face and assumes all’s well but only you know how much you are hurting still.
It’s partly true. One has to be strong to face all those early trials in one’s life. One has to have faith in what comes next. One has to believe. Standing strong. Standing still. These are words that always stand out when I think of the past. These are words that make me hope to be better, to dream more and just feel glad I am alive.
The smile would always be there. I believe in greeting each morning with a big smile on my face. I believe that everything would be okay the moment I wake up. I just believe. One could be sensitive and sentimental enough to reminisce a little of what has been, the good times would always be memories to cherish, but sometimes one should be bold enough to accept the truth that things happen (maybe for a reason), that they are not a part of one’s dream. We should not be afraid to see what is at the bend in the road, there is probably something more to discover that makes life more meaningful. When you have faced challenging circumstances in your life and you’re still standing, I call that courage. When you believe that eventually things fall into place, I call that faith.
I love this quote from Helen Keller: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light.”
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, gardening, gardens, reading, tagged books, Close to Nature, gardening, guilty pleasures, home garden, journeys, life, reading, thoughts and ramblings on January 6, 2017 |
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I have a little good news. I went back to SSS yesterday and what do you know, my pension is ready for credit. Alleluia! But two months of processing is quite long enough.
Got to trim our carabao grass again, replant some flowering plants and uproot some dead ones. I planted two more pineapple crowns behind the house. Those I planted earlier are growing nicely, let me see, I have seven in all now. I hope the first one would produce a flower soon.
The life of a gardener – plenty of time to enjoy the morning sun and the afternoon breeze. Sometimes it is quite a bonus to listen to the visiting sparrows. A hot cup of coffee is always welcome at the break of dawn, when the world is still asleep and the quiet could be felt.
I stay here in this corner most mornings drinking a hot cup of coffee and listening to the sparrows sing.
Despite the busy days at the garden, I was able to finish four books at the start of the challenge. I am in the middle of reading my 5th book now. Peter Mayle’s two books, A Year In Provence and Tojours in Provence (the sequel) were such a joy to read. I learned so much about what life was like in Provence. Now I am beginning to enjoy Italy, it is such a lovely place too.
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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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Posted in blogging, Closer to God, I love weekends, my blogging journey, silence speaks, tagged 3rd night of Simbang Gabi, Awaiting Christmas 2016, blogging, Christmas 2016, Closer to God, reflections, silence speaks on December 17, 2016 |
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Lately, I promised myself to write everyday just like when I participated in WordPress’ Post A Day writing challenge back in 2011 but always, always I get distracted by other things. There is always something that is ought to be done, there is always something that prevents me from sitting long enough to write a blog post, there is always something better and more urgent to do than blogging.
Josef and I had our twice a month visit at the wet market early this morning. We make it a point to go there early so we could catch fresher produce. It is easier to navigate the place when there are few early risers like us. One thing that I love about my suki (favorite vendors) is that they give you discounts especially when you buy by the kilo. My son knows where we buy meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. It is always a thrill to discover new things at the wet market. Compared to prices in supermarkets, items are a lot cheaper and fresher. Come to think of it, they give Christmas gifts too. My fish suki gives me a bottle of fish sauce every year, my other suki gives t-shirt. Some of them give coin purses that are so handy to use when marketing. Josef laughs at me when I smile bringing home these gifts. Simple though they may be, but we always say, it’s the thought that counts.
It’s the third night of Simbang Gabi.
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel.
Emmanuel means God is with us. The gospel today talks about the presence of God in our lives. It is the presence of God which will complete us, not power, not wealth, not possessions. We seek God’s presence, we knock so we could be heard and we do this through prayers. We see Jesus though in the Holy Eucharist.
May you all be blessed. Have a nice weekend.
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Posted in Caleruega, Close to Nature, Closer to God, journeys, life, photography, tagged Caleruega, journeys, life, Nature Tripping, photography, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on December 14, 2016 |
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Sometimes, one needs to be alone with nature –
absorbing the silence
thinking about life
wondering, sometimes always wondering
what it is all about.
Sometimes, one needs to be connected with nature –
listening to the hush of the wind
thinking about journeys
and the unfamiliar pathways
the uneven steps one has to go through.
But always –
bringing that familiar smile.
(click photo to enlarge)
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