Posted in inspirational, journeys, life, silence speaks, tagged inspirational, journeys, life, quotes, silence speaks, thoughts on August 12, 2015 |
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The other day, a friend who is a newly qualified teacher sent me a message looking for a poem All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. She needs it in her value education class in a public school. I told her it is not really a poem but a title of a book by Robert Fulghum, a summary of life’s little treasures that made a big impact on me when I read it several years ago. It’s actually my first encounter with Robert Fulghum. I was lucky enough to find three more of his books and they have pride of place in my bookshelves. I thought we all need to be reminded of those things our parents and our teachers taught us when we were kids, practical tips that still hold true until now. It all boils down to the basics, right? It’s the Golden Rule summed up in a few words.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
Living a balanced life – it’s all work and no play so they say. We are all engrossed and so busy with work that we sometimes forget to relax and feed our minds and our hearts with activities that make us happy. We are so busy living a life (the way we want and understand it) that we forget the passing years not knowing how to smell the flowers, how to appreciate nature at its best, how to just be. You would think that is easier said than done and it’s true that in this busy cosmos of life, you will just be surprised that you’ve grown old, with white hairs slowly showing and you ask yourself, “Where have all the years gone?” Then you dream of those things that you wanted to do when you were young.
Life is short and the untrodden paths are sometimes the best way to see what is on the other side. Your attitude towards any situation would always make a difference.
“It doesn’t matter what you say you believe – it only matters what you do.”
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Posted in Closer to God, Faith, inspirational, life, quotes, tagged Closer to God, inspirational, journeys, life, quotes, reflections on July 31, 2015 |
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, life, photography, quotes, tagged Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Batanes, Close to Nature, Closer to God, life, Patience and faith, photography, quotes on July 15, 2015 |
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My dream of a place….Batanes!
Patience, patience, patience is what the sea teaches.
Patience and faith.
One should be empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
(Big thanks to my friend Matt Velasco for sharing this photo. I enhanced it a bit and put some quotes in it from the beautiful book, Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh).
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Posted in family, family life, I love weekends, journeys, life, quotes, thoughts, tagged Calayan Island, Closer to God, family life, journeys, photography, quotes, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on June 19, 2015 |
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Can’t wait for tomorrow.
After almost two months of not seeing Nate, they are finally coming over tomorrow to celebrate Josef’s birthday with us. I suggested to Nissa if they could stay here overnight so she could rest, without thinking of cleaning and doing the weekend tasks in the kitchen. Sometimes, two days of rest is not enough, the weekend should be stress-free and relaxing. Anyway, I am looking forward to playing with Nate again, discovering what he has learned the past two months and seeing how fast he has grown into a very active toddler. It’s a period of discovery and exploration for our kid who’s not so little anymore.
I had a long chat with my priest son this afternoon who is attending a mission summit in Letran-Calamba. We talked of his assignment in Calayan. Time flies, a year is gone and in a few months he will be transferring to another mission. “Where to next?”, I asked and he answered “Camiguin”, another island in the north which is still a part of the Babuyanes Islands. He said it is more laid back, simple life to speak of but as equally beautiful as Calayan Island. He is happy to learn that I am still active at our Catholic Community page and still share my thoughts with the world through my blog. I laughed when he wrote back “OP Lay” meaning a Dominican lay preacher – preaching through mass media. I’ve always said even when I started this blog that if I could inspire a single soul out there, then I am fulfilled and happy. Josef is blessed, a mass intention will be offered on his birthday this Sunday. We are all blessed of course because we are always included in Lovell’s prayers. He always tells me, “bawal ma-depress at ma-stress” I know all that but sometimes life is hard and it is even harder to cope. “Stay in the grace of our Lord”. What lovely words! What was I thinking, negative thoughts should have no place in my heart.
I’ve found some amazing blogs here today – some blogs I followed, clicked a lot of posts that I liked. Inspiring words and beautiful stories that warm the heart. And here’s a quote for you today.
A blessed and happy weekend to all.
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Posted in 2015 reading challenge, book review, books, quotes, reflections, tagged Banana Yoshimoto, book review, books, journeys, life, quotes on June 11, 2015 |
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Seldom do I finish a book in one sitting but this one had me mesmerized from page one. It it my first time to read a book written by a Japanese author. I don’t even know who Banana Yoshimoto is but her words, her words get to you in a way that you could relate.
It’s a story of two good friends who both lost their mothers and how they coped with life without their treasured parents by their side. Two vastly different people living different lives but finding each other in their hour of grief through a window. Standing not quite far, looking at the silhouette of someone who has the same fascination watching the open window right across the street. That’s how the story started…so far.
One thing that I noticed about this author is her simple writing style but it moves you to feel and experience what she wants to convey. It’s like describing a good conversation between two close friends, sharing past heartaches,coping with pain and having enough confidence to share what one has been through that changed one’s perspective in life somehow. I wrote down some wonderful quotes from the book. I am not sure if you will agree with me but they speak of the simple truth on what life sometimes deals us and though it is a work of fiction, it’s like reading your own story somehow.
“But I have my life, I’m living it. It’s twisted, exhausting, uncertain, and full of guilt, but nonetheless, there’s something there.”
“When someone tells you something big, it’s like you’re taking money from them, and there’s no way it will ever go back to being the way it was. You have to take responsibility for listening.”
“Everyone knows that hidden pull is there, but we go on living our lives, pretending we don’t. We keep our gazes fixed, day after day, on the things we want to see.”
“Things look different depending on your perspective. As I see it, fighting to bridge those gaps isn’t what really matters. The most important thing is to know them inside and out, as differences, and to understand why certain people are the way they are.”
Life is not perfect. We are not perfect but we could motivate and inspire someone who is as broken as we are. It makes you realize that it is the simple things that give life’s meaning and worth.
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I meant to blog about this a few days ago but it was a busy weekend for me. And it is not because of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, I didn’t watch it but saw the blow-by-blow account of each round on one website complete with pictures. I just listened to the radio while the fight was going on. Funny how a few minutes after the fight, everyone was an instant critic. My news feed on FB was full of it. There were instant memes calling the former “the running man” and “best man in hugging”. They called it the fight of the century but many were disappointed about its outcome and since I know next to nothing about boxing except for occasional late telecasts of Pacquiao’s previous fights, let’s leave the analyzing to the experts and the conjectures to those unsatisfied boxing fans who felt that it was not really the fight of the century after all.
There are people I’ve yet to meet who are waiting for my path to intersect with theirs, so they can complete their own journeys.
Put that way, I am looking forward to meet those people who will complete my journey too. How lovely it would be if in the near future, you would meet more people who would make the remaining days of your life something that you would cherish and remember with fondness. They might be future friends you’ve to meet yet, family members that you haven’t seen for decades, or strangers who would put a smile on your face and make you realize your self-worth, that you are quite lovable after all and you are worthy of being a friend.
Some years ago, (back in the mid 90’s, I think) a close friend who is a nun suggested that I read James Redfield’s Celestine Prophecy. It’s a new age philosophy about how to make connections of events happening in your life. One of my priest friends even asked me why I have those books in my shelf. He also saw some titles like Embraced By The Light and Soulmates, Karma and Reincarnation. Those were the days when I was fascinated by those subjects. Going back to Redfield’s book, I remembered what he said that everything happens for a reason. He said and I quote:
“I don’t think that anything happens by coincidence… No one is here by accident… Everyone who crosses our path has a message for us. Otherwise they would have taken another path, or left earlier or later. The fact that these people are here means that they are here for some reason”…”
It may not mean the same thing as what Richard Paul Evans shared but I get the gist of what both authors were trying to say. What if I didn’t have this blog then I would not have met all these wonderful people whom I interact with everyday through their writings.
What’s your take on this? I’d love to hear from you.
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Posted in friends, friendship, inspirational, journeys, Richard Paul Evans, tagged friends, friendship, inspirational, journeys, life, quotes, Quotes from Richard Paul Evans, true friends on March 28, 2015 |
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They always say that everything happens for a reason.
I believe that too. It’s the same thing with friendship. It goes a long way, a lovely journey of discovery, a truly meaningful sharing with kindred souls. It’s hard to find true friends but when you find them, they are more valuable than gold. I treasure the days that I share with my friends. Some are there to make me laugh and make me realize that it is okay to cry, cleanse our eyes and hearts with all the hurts and pain. Some are there just to listen, no words needed but a ready shoulder and loving arms to make you feel you are truly worthy of being a friend. Some are there to give advice and make you see the truth no matter how painful it is to face. Some are there for a long time, guiding you, lifting you up, rejoicing with you in your triumphs and empathizing with you when you are down. Some are there to make you smile and make the day worthwhile.
What a wonderful thing friendship is. What a wonderful world friendship brings. And it’s true, “what a difference having a friend makes”.
P.S. For those friends I met through this blog, I could not thank you enough. You made a difference in my life.
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