Posted in journeys, life, the wrath of typhoon Lando, thoughts and ramblings, tagged health problems, journeys, life, silence speaks, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on January 19, 2017 |
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It’s been a while and it’s nice to be back. Let me see, it’s been a week since my last post here. I got sick for a while. I underwent a series of laboratory tests which my doctor has yet to see by Tuesday. I had numbness in my extremities. found it hard to walk straight and I had a gargantuan headache since last Saturday afternoon. I think it is due to high bp. I am still on the mend but hopefully, it goes back to normal in a few days. That’s what one gets sometimes for having a sedentary life. Enough if this though.
Not blogging for a week was long enough for me and not reading for a few days is quite insane. I am trying to catch up though it is quite hard to read back posts done in a week. I didn’t want to tax my eyes longer than I need to. I could not even handle a proper grip on the keyboard. It’s hard to type without touching the wrong key.
Gardening has to take a back seat for a while. I started trimming the carabao grass last week until last Saturday morning. Have yet to finish it soon.
Please bear with me for a while. I have to get back to regular blogging soon.l
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Wasted journey to the bank I must say.
I received two checks this morning representing my cash dividends from the bank where I worked before. Every start of the year, they declare dividends on outstanding shares of stock. I was so excited I didn’t notice the dates of the checks.They are both post-dated January 20. Only one was honored, another cash dividend from a different company which I received earlier. When you overlook something like this, you are definitely getting old. Or maybe I was just so excited to have it cleared so I could buy a single induction cook top. We use gas stove and I use my portable electric oven when baking. Hmm…still excited though because that is an extra income for me, no need for extra cash out 🙂 if I may say.
I know, I am getting forgetful at times. Is that a sign of old age? Turning sixty somehow added to it. I do have those moments when I am out to get something from the bedroom and I go out empty-handed, that “something” somehow forgotten but you’ve seen another “something” that you need to do and you do it first before remembering what you initially went there for.
Some people say that when you read a lot, your brain is active so it keeps you away from being forgetful. Reading a lot keeps your mind in good condition so to speak. Reading improves concentration too. When you are multi-tasking, it is quite difficult to remember everything but when you concentrate on the pages of a book, the mind stays focused. Do you agree? Eight books done so far, the phase is a little faster than before.
Do you laugh at yourself when you make a mistake and overlook something in the process? Do you just smile and say “I’ll try harder the next time”. I do sometimes 🙂 I am not always in a good mood though. This afternoon after my trip to the bank, I had another opportunity to window shop and look at things that delight the senses. So far, so good.
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Posted in Closer to God, Faith, journeys, life, silence speaks, tagged courage and strength, Faith, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on January 7, 2017 |
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I had another play with an app on Facebook. Sometimes, they hit the nail on the head, sometimes it is just a play with words. Are they just looking in to a few shout outs I made there?
Here’s what it says:
Not everyone knows the fights you have had to fight in life. Not everyone sees your scars and the things that you had to go through. What they see is a smile on your face and assumes all’s well but only you know how much you are hurting still.
It’s partly true. One has to be strong to face all those early trials in one’s life. One has to have faith in what comes next. One has to believe. Standing strong. Standing still. These are words that always stand out when I think of the past. These are words that make me hope to be better, to dream more and just feel glad I am alive.
The smile would always be there. I believe in greeting each morning with a big smile on my face. I believe that everything would be okay the moment I wake up. I just believe. One could be sensitive and sentimental enough to reminisce a little of what has been, the good times would always be memories to cherish, but sometimes one should be bold enough to accept the truth that things happen (maybe for a reason), that they are not a part of one’s dream. We should not be afraid to see what is at the bend in the road, there is probably something more to discover that makes life more meaningful. When you have faced challenging circumstances in your life and you’re still standing, I call that courage. When you believe that eventually things fall into place, I call that faith.
I love this quote from Helen Keller: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light.”
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The wonder of seeing a familiar writing
the beauty of the “How are you?”
the lovely words caught in the frame
breathtaking, inspirational, full of hope.
It reminds you of the happier days,
moments of togetherness
captured in a few words.
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Posted in 2017, blog update, blogging, books, journeys, life, reading, writing, tagged blogging, books, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, reading, silence speaks on January 1, 2017 |
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Mulling over what 2017 holds in store. It’s a season of hope and new beginnings. A new leaf in the calendar, a blank page that needs to be filled with experiences, journeys and daily happenings in one’s life. There is something nice about a new beginning. You are excited to make it a success somehow, you are excited to learn more about life itself and more excited to traverse an unknown journey with hope and faith in the Almighty.
Time was when a new year is filled with resolutions so to speak. Now I call them goals in life, those small achievable things that make the journey wonderful – the beauty of everything simple. the abundance of blessings one receives day-to-day, the fulfillment of a dream.
I vow to read more books this year, maybe increase the previous 123 books I managed to finish on Goodreads’ reading challenge for 2016. Hopefully, I’ll make it to the 150 mark. I actually started reading an hour after we met the new year last night. Travelling Light by Tov Jansson is a collection of several stories that cover so many subjects. I am just on the first few chapters of the book but I guess I would enjoy it. I wish I could blog every day just like before, never mind if they’ll just be a few lines without photos. The richness of a simple story depends on how it is presented, whether one’s target audience is appreciative enough. Hopefully this post would be the start.
I love to share with you a lovely quote from Langston Hughes’ Dreams. This has inspired me through the years.
Hold onto dreams
For if dreams die
Life is like a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
More dreams to hold. Welcome 2017 🙂 🙂 🙂
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Posted in blessings, blog update, blogging, family, family life, journeys, life, my blogging journey, thoughts and ramblings, tagged blogging, family life, journeys, New Year 2017, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, year-end blog 2016 on December 28, 2016 |
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As all things go, there is an end to everything – days, months and years included. And yes, 2016 is about to end and we think of those things we did this year, old and new friends we met, family togetherness, places we dreamed of visiting, lessons learned, hours wasted on senseless thoughts (sometimes) and all the other things that make life and living worthwhile.
It’s been a quiet year for us except those times we went out as a family to celebrate birthdays and those times we had visitors at home to celebrate with us too. It is always nice to get in touch with friends, sharing meals together and being happy just exchanging news and ideas. It is always nice to be with the whole family celebrating togetherness no matter how simple it is. We do find meaning in the ordinary things in our lives, one has to look back, discern, and admire what is before us. We find meaning in our brokenness, those times when we felt so down and everyone cared, we are just grateful for that.
Do you make new year’s resolution? I’ve never been good at keeping one. They always get broken one way or another. So I dream, make some of it into reality and just enjoy what is in store. The days are not always happy, some are like memories blurred at the edges, some are like a closed book so pleasant to discover, some are lovely thoughts waiting to be shared.
Blogging has become one major step to sharing with online friends. It is such pure heaven to meet fellow bloggers who share their lives, their hobbies, their families and their precious photos and memories. Blogging has become a daily exercise that I look forward to, reshaping my views with the world outside. Blogging has become a pleasant tool for friendship. I’ve finally reached more than 2,000 followers including my 90 followers linked at Twitter. Isn’t it nice that every day, the blog stats increase a little more than before? It’s close to 445,000 views now. I made a total of 157 blog posts this year, add maybe two or three more before the year ends. The wonder of blogging. May I just thank you all for sharing with me through my blogs and yours? Thank you, thank you so much.
May the next year be a pleasant, happy and fruitful one for all of us. Happy 2017 guys.
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Posted in Closer to God, Happiness, inspirational, reflections, tagged Christmas 2016, Christmas celebrations, Happiness, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on December 21, 2016 |
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Whatever else be lost among the years, let us keep Christmas still a shining thing; Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, let us hold close one day, remembering It’s poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.-grace noll crowell
Remembering this lovely message about Christmas. It’s that time of year again when we get so busy with preparations. There is a much-awaited guest, a little child born in Bethlehem.
The celebration of Christmas may not be that always happy for everyone. There are people who spend their Christmas on the street on a cold winter night. There are people who make use of cardboard boxes in some corner for their beds. There are people who never know the twinkle of the tinsel on the Christmas tree or the bright lights that adorn it. Christmas is just another day or night of begging on the streets. Not all of us are lucky to open gifts, prepare a lot of food on the table, exchange warm hugs or listen to Christmas carols. The joy that Christmas brings is non-existent in their lives.
What is happiness? People say happiness depends on our outlook in life, the way we experience things and the way we react to them. It is not so much of the material things in our life but more on peace of mind, contentment, purity of heart, a positive attitude towards life, a sense of well-being, or a roof over one’s head and food on the table.
Happiness could be found in the simplest of things in our lives. A smile makes us happy, more so when it comes from strangers we meet on the streets. A simple hello would put a smile on one’s face and is usually answered with another hello.
No matter what the circumstances, remember always to be happy. Celebrating Christmas is one reason to put a smile on your face.
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