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Waking up, I was singing this in my head. It’s inspired by the Psalm 89:1

♫♫♪♫I will sing forever of Your love, O Lord
I will celebrate the wonder of Your name
For the word that You speak is a song of forgiveness
And a song of gentle mercy and of peace

Let us wake at the morning and be filled with Your love
And sing songs of praise all our days
For Your love is as high as the heavens above us
And Your faithfulness as certain as the dawn

I will sing forever of Your love, O Lord
I will celebrate the wonder of Your name

For the word that You speak is a song of forgiveness
And a song of gentle mercy and of peace

I will sing forever of Your love, O Lord
For You are my refuge and my strength
You fill the world with Your life-giving spirit
That speaks Your word
Your word of mercy and of peace

CODA:
And I will sing forever of Your love, O Lord
Yes I will sing forever of Your love, O Lord♪♪♫♫

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Gosh, I saw this lovely spider web attached  to our Tagpo tree early this morning. I tried taking a photo but the web looks so transparent under the morning sun, I could hardly see it on my cam.  It reminds me so much of Charlotte of the story, Charlotte’s Web. This book is a personal favorite, reread it so many times in the past.  It is considered a classic of children’s literature that adults could enjoy too. It’s about life and friendship and time’s passing.

I have some favorite quotes in the book that I have also written in my notebook of quotations.

“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.” 

Friendship. When you find someone who would protect you and help you without counting the cost, you  are blessed and lucky.

“After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die.”

The cycle of life. We’re born and we carve our destiny here on earth. We enjoy life and  live it the way we think is the best for us and then it’s time to go to the great beyond.

“Never hurry and never worry!”

Sometimes this is hard to do. It seems as if worrying is part and parcel of our everyday life. We worry about the present and wonder what the future brings.  We hurry,  always chasing time. Before we know it, we have grown older and time still passes us by.

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Life As We See It


I wonder where he is now, that guy I blogged about here exactly two years ago. I no longer see him every time I attend mass at our Parish. His swollen and grangrened  feet were bound by dirty gauze. He used to have a small plastic can in front of him  for alms from passersby. Maybe he has died?

There used to be an old man here in our village roaming the streets of the subdivision early in the morning. He would knock or press the doorbell and ask for financial help. One time he showed me a spent packet of blood pressure medicines. It so happened that at that time, I used to take the same so gave him 2 pieces of it. Another time, he left two large pieces of milkfish at our gate so I have no option but to take it. The following day, he came back and asked for the payment way more than the price of milkfish in the market. I paid him a little more than what he asked for.

We used to have a janitor here in the village years ago. Every morning when I sweep the front and side streets of our house, I would see him with either  young sweet potato leaves or taro leaves in his hands  and he would sell them to some of our residents here at the village. Those veggies grow freely at some vacant lots here.  I no longer see him too.

I wonder where they are now. I wonder if they have family members who are taking care of them if they are still alive. Sometimes, circumstances force us to do things like begging and seeking help from other people to survive. Life is difficult and almost always does not treat us equally. Some people are more blessed than others. Some people are more successful than others. Some are fortunate to be born with silver spoons in their mouths.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard

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♫♪♫♪In the morning of my life I shall look to the sunrise.
At a moment in my life when the world is new.
And the blessing I shall ask is that God will grant me,
To be brave and strong and true,
And to fill the world with love my whole life through♪♪♫♪

I’ve had this LSS while I was watering the plants early this morning. I can’t get it out of my head.

It’s our dream to fill the world with love even in our small way, isn’t it?  I don’t actually dream of being famous. having your niche in this world is good enough. Showing kindness and compassion to others, helping those more needy than you are. Extending your hands to empathize and sympathize, smiling at those you meet on the streets. You see, the possibilities are endless. We just have to embrace love in our hearts.

And the song continues.

♫♫♪♪In the noontime of my life I shall look to the sunshine,
At a moment in my life when the sky is blue.
And the blessing I shall ask shall remain unchanging.
To be brave and strong and true,
And to fill the world with love my whole life through.

 In the evening of my life I shall look to the sunset,
At a moment in my life when the night is due.
And the question I shall ask only I can answer.
Was I brave and strong and true?
Did I fill the world with love my whole life through?♪♫♫♪

And we wonder, are we filling the world with love?  Back in the  70’s, the church choir  in the university where I studied used to sing this song every Saturday evening mass. It’s from the movie Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Just watched it on dailymotion.com.

 

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Maybe it’s just too much of being alone that makes me a little introspective, an awkward silence broken by the steady hum of the fan and a gentle gust of wind playing with the shell chimes outside my window – a sense of deja vu. It feels like those times when you cling to the memory of a dream before it fades and dies.

A timid smile might mean a start of renewed friendship or a beginning of a lifetime commitment, but somehow, we’ve got to learn that a YES is not a promise and a promise is not a vow.

Somehow, we’ve got to know that a simple NO does not mean rejection but a mere anticipation of better things to come.

Somehow, we’ve got to realize and accept that permanence might just be an illusion. In this life, there is always a challenge to overcome. Avowals of love today maybe words of hatred tomorrow.

That there is a difference between a friend who listens from someone who talks too much. Sometimes, it’s mere togetherness that counts.

That it is better to admit you were wrong than say it wasn’t your fault.

That trials and sufferings can strengthen the soul and success is inspired by ambition to reach one’s goal.

That it does not mean that God does not answer our prayers but it’s because He has better plans.

We call unbelievable things miracles but it’s God saying, “my daughter, I am here”.

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So it’s October finally.

Made this meme a few years ago via muzy.com. I used to make memes like this before but I’ve grown tired of it that is why I am using  this old photo to greet the October month.

Yes, I often blog about month endings and beginnings, a sort of summary for the last month and an anticipation of the following month.

Excited about October? I am of course though I’ll be getting a year older again before the month ends.

Started this morning gardening outside.  Our good neighbor planted snake plants alongside our perimeter wall and I have to weed and uproot unwanted grass and as usual  sweep it of candy wrappers and cigarette butts.  Our walkways in the subdivision are cemented but I made them leave a long planters box  on one side of our perimeter wall so I could fill it with  plants. I love ground covers but I could not find plants that would need minimum care, that is, even without watering them every day. Jom heard of it and he said they have plenty of snake plants in his parents’ house in Paranaque.  Our front garden outside is filled with Santan plants and they are presently in bloom at the moment. How lovely to see red flowers in the garden.

October!

Gone are those days when you were so busy taking care of your kids and working at the same time. Now that you are in your senior years, you just enjoy their company. You just enjoy wearing  comfy slippers and  mules when you go out of the house. No serious thought about the future anymore except perhaps how you could maintain your health  so you could stay longer with your kids.  Growing old has its advantages too, enjoying simple things in life that you used to ignore because you were always so busy earning a living for your family. Sunrises, sunsets, gardens, morning cups of coffee,  romping in the garden with your cats and dogs. Gone are those days too when you could still hire household helps that you could trust and leave the house in their care. Now, they’d rather work in fast food chains, grocery stores, factories and the like. If you are raising a family nowadays, your reliable help in the household would be your parents or in-laws.

Now that you’re getting old, you take things a little slowly too, sometimes more of rest than work but that’s okay, you are not at race with time.  Just enjoy the remaining years, make new memories with your kids and grandchildren.

Be happy, October is here!

And here’s from WordPress:

You’ve posted 12 days in a row on DREAMS AND ESCAPES! Keep up the good work.

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Imagine yourself awake at 4 am. Up with the lark so they say.  Imagine yourself holding a broom (walis tingting) and a dustpan in front of your house  sweeping the street with cigarette butts, candy wrappers, plastic with straws thrown by unscrupulous passersby.  Imagine yourself sometimes seeing a whole bag of Jollibee or  McDonald’s trash thrown by people in cars just passing by our place.  How dare they do this, it pollutes the environment and a sight for sore eyes.  But they are undisciplined. One of the reasons why sometimes we get flooded when it rains hard.  You can’t help but shake your head in wonder. Don’t they clean the surroundings of their homes? Are they just happy throwing their trash everywhere? It is a case of, “as long as it is not in my backyard, it is okay”.  Really!

Nowadays, it’s my daily routine, waking up early, meeting the dawn and the sunrise and sometimes enjoying  few precious moments in the garden. I sleep early too. Around 8 pm, I couldn’t get my eyes wide open enough to read a few more chapters. I feel so sleepy.  Maybe that’s what’s growing old is all about.  The routines are comfortably  and necessarily observed and followed in our lives.

I am getting nostalgic again. I think of the younger days trying to recapture those moments of bliss.  See what the morning brings? Nostalgia  🙂

“People leave traces of themselves where they feel most comfortable, most worthwhile.” 
― Haruki Murakami

 

 

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