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The last time I really read a good memoir was when I discovered Peter Mayle’s books two years ago. I read all of his three books entitled A Year In Provence (giving it  a five-star rating on Goodreads), Toujours Provence and Encore Provence. Back then, I couldn’t get enough of how he described his adventures and life in the south of France. I even googled all those places that he mentioned in his books.  I got sad though when he died last January 18, 2018 at the age of 78. He was a British author.

Then here comes another book that got me hooked up to the last page.

Becoming by Michelle Obama.

Of course we all know who Michelle Obama is, the first African-American First Lady of the United States. The book of course is not about politics. It’s about the life of a future First Lady from when she was a child growing up with her brother Craig on the South Side of Chicago.  She belonged to a middle class family, graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. The book speaks of the times when she was a child until her family left the White House after eight years.

From time to time, I would read some quotes of hers but I was never curious to know how she lived her life as a mother to two beautiful kids and the wife of Pres. Barack Obama. Becoming is an intimate account on how experiences have shaped her, a warm story-telling of her life as a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and eventually as the First Lady of the United States of America. With honesty and wit, she described her disappointments and triumphs in life.  Her beauty, elegance and intelligence were clearly manifested in her detailed descriptions of how life was back then.

Here are some  quotes that I jotted down while reading the book.

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”

“For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”

“Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.” 

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Another lovely quote from Mary Oliver. Dream, be astonished, be surprised!

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Do you keep promises?

How are you at fulfilling promises? Either they’re promises to yourself or promises to people you love.

Back when I was still working at the UST Library during my student days in university, I met this guy who told me casually with a smile on his face, “promises are not made to be broken”.  Every time I am about to promise myself of this and that and assure my friends of something that I have to do, I remember those lines. I am more familiar with the lines, “promises are made to be broken”. 

New year’s resolutions are quite similar. They are promises to yourself that you wish to fulfill but sometimes forget in the process. They are words that played in your head for so long but you can’t keep. I’ve said before that I am not good at new year’s resolutions. I don’t make a list of them.  It would be nice though if at the end of the year you have fulfilled some promises to yourself. It would be lovely to look back, think of the struggles you have made and tasting the bliss of triumph in your soul. It would be beautiful when they make you smile and make you inspired to go on with life the way it should.

I saved these lines which I find so uplifting and try to post it every year when New Year comes. A good reminder on what life is all about.

Roy Lessin  from his book Meet Me In the Meadow

HAPPY AND BLESSED 2019 everyone!

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Today’s Quote


“I’d learned how we are all tumbled about by the waves of life, earning scars that show where we’ve been. And we learn. With each scar we learn. With etched faces we turn toward the light, unbending and unbreakable, strong at the broken places.”

                                                                      -The Sound of Glass, Karen White

 

 

 

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Would you believe, I am on the last two pages of my 2018  BPI planner which Nissa gave me a year ago. Every year since she started working at Bank of PI, she always gives me pocket notebooks and planners with some photos of  paintings of various Filipino artists. These paintings belong to the enormous BPI collection. I’ve blogged about this before. This year, they featured Juan Luna.

This comes so handy when I am writing quotes and title of books I have found online that I want to read.  Back in the early months of the 2018 Reading Challenge of  Goodreads, I’ve written some wonderful and inspiring quotes from various authors. I am quite lazy nowadays. I still have to transfer them to my thick journal.

Here are some of them.

“Most of the time, everyone deserves more than once chance. We all do things we regret now  and then. You just have to carry them with you”. – Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere)

“What made someone a mother, was it biology alone or was it love”. – Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere)

“The lure of the distance and difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are”. – John Burroughs

“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however”. – Richard Bach (Illusions)

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start and change the ending”. – C.S. Lewis

“All life revolves around a single moment in time. Everything that comes before leads up to that moment. Everything that comes afterward springs from that moment”. – Nina  de Gramont (The Last September)

“There are some things that happen for which we can formulate no whys, for which whys simply do not exist, and perhaps, are not necessary”. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (The Purple Hibiscus)

“Life sometimes is much easier when you don’t have many choices”. – Debbie Johnson (Summer At the Comfort Food Cafe)

“Books  are the mile markers of my life. Some people have family photos or home movies to record their past. I’ve got books. Characters. For as long as I can remember, books have been my safe place”. – Kristin Hannah (The Great Alone)

“There are times when life is a cursor on a blank page, blinking in a rhythm or bit like an electronic heartbeat, tapping out a question in three little words.

                 What.

                  Comes.

                  Next.

Time and space and life wait for an answer. A blank page is an ocean of possibilities”. – Liza Wingate (Firefly Island)

There are so many more actually but these are some of my favorite quotes and authors.

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It’s been a while since I read something written by Stephen King. Think twenty years ago with the book  The Shining. I’ve watched some film adaptations though including Pet Sematary and The Dark Tower. 

I found a copy of his book, The Outsider which I am reading at the moment. It is all of 561 pages published last May 2018. It is now included in the final round of  Best Mystery and Thriller at  the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards. I make it a point to read some of their nominated books, chosen by readers themselves. I always wanted to know if what I think is beautifully written has the same impact on other readers.  This is quite long though. I wonder when I’ll be able to get done with it.

At night before going to sleep, I read a few poems by Mary Oliver. Now that I have a copy of her latest book Devotions  which is a thick collection of her earlier and latest works, I can choose which to read randomly and I always get that high when I encounter her words.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do 
with your one wild and precious life?” 

I have always quoted these lines, ask myself about life. It behooves me to go on no matter what.

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

Yes, when we encounter those unavoidable circumstances that sap our strength, we think of how to move on and fight, never losing hope that everything would be okay in the end.

“Instructions for living a life. 
Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
Tell about it.” 

Don’t you just love these lines? I do. Think positive. Dream. Discover.

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. 

When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument. 

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

Maybe it is hard to be always amazed by what we experience and see but at the end of it all, don’t we want to be remembered  that we left an indelible mark  in others?

“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”

I could go on and on but these words touch my every day. These words uplift my soul.

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