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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.

An Obituary printed in the London Times…..Absolutely Dead Brilliant !!

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who
has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
– Why the early bird gets the worm;
– Life isn’t always fair;
– And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend
more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children,
are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens
suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher
fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses;
and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap,
and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
– I Know My Rights
– I Want It Now
– Someone Else Is To Blame
– I’m A Victim
– Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and
do nothing.


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When you are on the brink of despair and self-doubt, when you feel so much pain because of circumstances happening around you, a simple “hi” or “hello” would bring so much joy to your heart. But sometimes, even that is hard to find in this “dog eats dog world” of  ours. Some people are just indifferent.

I saw the sun’s face today, briefly, but it is enough reassurance that  the sun always shines after the rain.

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Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.- Khalil Gibran

Humans that we are, sometimes we always ask “why me?”  or “why us?” And you would not be human enough if at some time in your life you haven’t gone through such a situation where your faith is tested, up to how far you can endure, up to how long you can stay unaffected by such pain that comes into it. They always say that time heals everything, that no matter how hard or how heavy the burden is, you are not alone. God allows  us to experience pain so we would know what joy really means.

Pain does not have to be a negative feeling in your heart. When you experience pain, all your half-hidden strength and courage come to the fore of your being. And slowly you learn to let go. You learn (for real) that life is not really perfect and it is in the imperfections that give it its meaning. You learn (again) that forever is sometimes just a word, a meaningless promise meant to be broken.  You learn that honesty is sometimes a twisted truth meant to hurt you.  If people would find the courage to communicate and listen (and I mean really listen well, the hidden meanings, the half-truth and half-lies), don’t you think this would be a better place to live in?

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I was shocked and alarmed when I heard it on the AM radio late this afternoon and read it on my Twitter  feed.  They called it crime of passion when a 13-year old boy shot his alleged 17-year old gay lover at SM Mall in Pampanga.  There surely was a security lapse when the 22 caliber gun was not detected by security people at the said mall.

It was further said that the two met at a popular  social networking site. In cases like this, can one blame the parents for what the child did? Obviously, he is still a child and they are both teenagers and minors.Where do you draw the line between blaming the parents and friends  or the people they meet outside the home? How could a 13-year old easily get hold of a gun and use it in a fit of jealousy?  There must be something deeper, probably in the family make-up that drove this teen to do what he did.  Is communication open in the family? Do the parents know what the child is going  through? I am a parent too and I understand that the generations nowadays are more outspoken, more outgoing, more creative and more daring than the kids we have ten or twenty years ago.  Would this reflect on the family values and how they were brought up by their parents? If  you are a God-fearing individual and fear of doing something fatal like trying to kill is anathema to you, then this won’t really happen.

What does a 13-year old know about true love? Undoubtedly, it is a selfish kind of love. It only knows how to take and not how to give. It’s so pathetic that some people would resort to violence when they could not get what they want. True, we live in a crazy world, influenced by so many factors and peer pressure. Sometimes, we just go with the flow without weighing how it would affect our lives and the lives of others in the long run. I am of the belief that if God dwells in your heart, you won’t even think of hurting other people. If your faith is strong enough,  prayers would help.

Definitely, there are lots of downsides in using social networking sites. Some parents are not even aware of their children using these platforms  and don’t even know who they meet online. Some could project a different personality without one being aware, some could hide behind fictitious names too.  One could be an easy target so we must all be responsible in using social media.

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