Posted in journeys, life, my two cents, thoughts, tagged existence, journeys, life, living life and being happy, silence speaks, thoughts on March 27, 2017|
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A proverbial question we all wonder about sometimes.
I have a friend who once felt so down because of her health. When we are at that instance that we feel so helpless with ourselves, we get depressed. And this is so true with having issues with our health. I would like to say, “I’ve been there, done that” but each of us face different challenges every day. Each of us see problems as a glass half-full or half-empty. Our attitude towards everything makes a big difference.
Are you having a life or mere existing?
Our life unfolds right before our eyes. We can choose to be happy or enjoy those little things that to some people are just that, little things. Sometimes though, they make us happy or maybe we just don’t see the values of a moment. We don’t understand how it is to be happy in simple things. A child’s smiles and laughter would always make my day complete. Seeing the morning sun and feeling it right on my face is just lovely. Watching a drizzle and catching it right on the leaves is an enjoyable thing to do. Playing with one’s pets for a few moments is happiness itself.
Learning to do something and making it a hobby is just as rewarding. Back in the 90’s while I was still at the bank, our former boss taught us cross-stitching. That started my joy in collecting different colors of skein thread and always looking forward to see another design to do. I was able to give some cross-stitch frames as gifts to friends and the rest are still hanging in my bedroom. There was also a time when Nissa and I made cellphone holders too. I am trying my hand now at coloring books but then my hands sometimes are not quite steady. Nissa gifted me with two thick adult coloring books a several colored pens and pencils to start with. It is a lovely experience to always learn new things, more so when you have just turned 60 and a senior citizen at that.
Being brave enough to try other things in one’s life speaks of the many, many times you felt hesitant to have a hair cut, You’ve been used too long with a wavy and somewhat long tresses that you are afraid to try new hairdo. Yes, it’s one brave thing to do.
Saying yes to people and learning to say no too in the process. Are you always this kind of person who says yes all the time but doesn’t mean half of it? Or are you that someone who honestly can turn down something and learn to say no? When you think it is not good for you or you are brave enough to try something new. It has always been a touch and go for many of us. We always wonder about the “what if” in our lives.
I love this quote from Steve Maraboli.
“When you are just EXISTING, life happens to you… and you manage; when you are truly LIVING, you happen to life… and you lead.”
Does life just happens to us or we happen to life? Big questions that sometimes we just ignore. Live life and be happy.
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I spent the morning cleaning up e-mails on my Yahoo mails. Most of them (in thousands) are comments and like notifications from WordPress. I decided to change my Discussion Setting so I won’t have to be notified thru e-mail when I get likes and comments from the site, after all, WordPress has its own notifications once you receive the former. For new posts of the blogs I follow, I have my reader feed which is always up to date with them. It was quite hard to delete each page of the e-mails since I receive other e-mails too aside from the ones at WordPress so I just chose which to delete.
It’s the same thing with Facebook which is lot busier than my blogs at WordPress. Facebook is updated all the time in minutes and in seconds even. My reader feed is full of notifications sometimes. Unlike WordPress, I get a summary of postings made at Facebook. I could no longer remember how it was done before when I opened my account at the site. Here’s the funny thing, I have to retrieve my Yahoo account through my cellphones. I can’t remember I’ve been using the old password to log in. My goodness, I have changed it last December (senior moments to the max). Good thing though I’ve written all my passwords except those I frequently use every day. I haven’t logged in to may Yahoo account close to three months now, yes, until today. Just imagine!
Wow, WordPress has changed the colors of its buttons again. I can now see a bright red one on Publish and when you click the Dashboard, it is all red too. Sometimes you just can’t keep up. I prefer using the old thing as against the new buttons for adding a blog. It is hard to edit the new one. Believe me, sometimes no matter how careful you are in typing, there are always missed words or words which are not supposed to be there at all. Editing one’s post is a bit hard too because all along you thought you have typed the correct word but you have substituted it with new ones. There is always a reminder in the proofreading box that you are not supposed to use passive words which I think is inevitable.
I have finally updated my newest blog (it’s more than a year now) this morning. I usually have photos and a bit of text there. Please visit it if you have time. It’s called Dreams Never End.
How is your blogging adventure?
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It rained last night, that kind that left water pockets on the pavements and drenched the grass. I won’t have to water the plants today. It is just the start of summer and yet there are these summer rains now and then. It is actually good for the plants and the grass and somehow diffuses the heat brought by the season. The climate is changing. Normally, we don’t get rains during summer except maybe for a few occasional showers in between.
The joy of seeing another lovely day.
The sun is shining now and the raindrops left last night are like tiny jewels on the grass. Such a beautiful sight to behold. it is somewhat amazing how nature gives us all these gifts, simple things that delight the senses. I am thinking of finally planting the seeds I bought last year. I’ve been busy updating my book shelves that somehow I forgot these. I guess summer would be the best time to plant them.
I am looking forward to having a copy of the newest book by Richard Paul Evans, one of my favorite authors. The Broken Road is not yet out in the market. I think May 02, 2017 is the official date of launching. I have been collecting RPE’s books over the years. Most of the hardbound books I have were given by friends. (more…)
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Posted in blog update, blogging, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, tagged blogging, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings on March 21, 2017|
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Some people and bloggers say that they don’t really mind if their blogs are here but stay silent in cyber space. I do. I mean, one of the reasons why we share our thoughts is to be recognized as bloggers too, right? Of course it is a welcome bonus that our blogs could be popular on their own.
I have just reached 460,000 plus visits a while ago. For me that is an achievement for this humble blog. I must admit that it is quite hard to reach a number that you would feel comfortable with, if your blog posts are being read. A year of blogging would not even yield a thousand visits if people don’t read your blog and other bloggers don’t visit it and make comments. I think the idea of blogging is to share what you are passionate about, be it simple recipes that you do on your own, photos of places you’ve been to, things you love to write about and such other things that you want to share with other people. I could not exactly remember when the button Like on WordPress was introduced but it a lovely way of showing how one is attracted and like a particular post. When I joined the Post A Day Challenge in the year 2011, I used to get from 300-400 visits a day but that has waned over the years. Perhaps fellow bloggers and visitors have gotten tired visiting this blog. I can no longer see those who used to be active in posting too. Along the way, their blog has stopped. I miss them.
One feels glad when one’s blog is noticed by other bloggers. I am not one those who promote books (I am not an author) and those who have thousands of followers in their midst. I write about the daily happenings in my life, the illness I went through back in 2009, the journey of getting well and feeling normal too. I am grateful for those days that lots of friends prayed for me and empathized with me. I am grateful for those days that I was strong enough to face everything although it was a hard journey to go through. I am grateful for my family and relatives who were at my side during those days of recuperating and getting well.
There are so many blogs that I come across about how to blog. There are many blogs that tell you how to be a successful blogger. I think it all depends on what we want to share with the world. If our blog is public, every one could read it. There are no sure “how to’s” on how your blog would be noticed, much less when you are blogging on a free platform just like me.
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I came across these words a few minutes ago and I thought of those days from way back .
If your dream requires patience, give it.
It was written by a certain M.Rusell Ballard.I don’t know him/her from Adam but I love the thought, waiting for your dreams to happen.
We all dream, don’t we? Awake or asleep we have those dreams that seem like our lives’ twins. We never stop dreaming just because. It’s precisely why dreams are just that, dreams. Not all of them come true of course. There are times when we get disappointed because our dreams didn’t happen like we expected them. Dreaming is free so we always say, I agree. We don’t need a single centavo for those lovely dreams we have in our lives. When we expect them to come true though, we need a lot of patience to wait. We need to hope that sometimes, things happen the best way we expect and we are elated. Just the thought that we are happy in the process is already a dream come true.
When I was a little younger, (think high school days), I dreamed of writing my thoughts on paper then probably read them a few years after. I kept journals earlier on, one for my doodles and writings and several for the quotes I have collected through the years of reading. A few years ago, a friend coached me on how to start a blog and suggested that I start at WordPress. What he didn’t know was that I’ve already been posting a few at Friendster. then Multiply came and I subscribed to that too. My brother who lives in Tulsa even shouldered my monthly premium payments to maintain my account at Multiply. such two friendly sites eventually closed but I maintained my friendship with a few close people who followed me at Facebook. Such social sites helped me a lot in my writing attempts.
I am here now at WordPress and have been for the past eight years. I do enjoy updating my blogs here and reading posts from friends that I follow. I don’t write long posts, an average of 500 words is enough for me. Sometimes I get bored reading a long, long blog post.
We always dream of a good life and good health. We always dream that we get to meet people who would help us grow in the process. We dream of dreams that are sometimes sort of impossible to come true but we keep dreaming still.
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Right after Josef and I trimmed the plants this afternoon, he played some songs which he downloaded on his cellphone.They are an eclectic mix of slow rock, modern jazz and a sprinkling of old songs which I was surprised to listen to. I love the songs of Jason Mraz but I love old songs better. Maybe it has something to do with age. Moonriver is a classic song of old. Yes, he downloaded Moonriver, a version of Andy Williams. I am reminded of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn of course. I have that book, a thin and small hardback copy given by a close friend a couple of years ago. I read it now and then to remind me of that story of Holly Golightly. and Paul Varjak ( George Peppard).
Music makes us feel better, right? Victor Hugo once wrote that “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” I love listening to it. It soothes the mind and the tired and aching muscles relax a little.
Lately, I’ve been lucky to find some Australian authors too, most of them write about history. I am on my 48th book since January 1. Maybe I’ll get to finish the reading challenge earlier than the end of December 2017. I found more memoirs and book of poems plus a little of Psychology. I can’t wait to read them all. Have you ever participated in Goodreads’ reading challenge? I’ve done it for the last three years. I am also updated with my favorite authors’ blog posts. They do write blogs too, mostly about their new books.
When one is inspired with music and books, everything is right with the world. Do you love music too? What’s your favorite song?
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Watching the sunrise
Feeling the sun’s morning heat
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