Had good chats with two of my close friends last night. One of my friends who is a third order Carmelite attends mass daily at Sto. Domingo Church. He was in doubt but he asked me if Fr. Lovell was the one who officiated the mass. He said the latter’s homily was a breath of fresh air. So I asked Fr. Lovell later, he said yes. He even mentioned my plight as a cancer survivor, how having a grave ailment would someday be an inspiration to others to get well. We talked about life and survival, we talked about our families and moving on. We talked about how life seems so hard sometimes.
I do agree, there are times when you feel so alone in your struggles. There are times when you feel like giving up but it is not an option. There are always instances when you feel so down. Life is all about our struggles and little victories we gain from being brave and strong. It’s hard sometimes to show strength when you really feel so weak. It is easier to show how you’ve become saddened and disappointed with what is happening around. Problems are part and parcel of this thing we call life. It may get a little complicated at times but trying times are not always here to stay. Our attitude towards vicissitudes in life spells the big difference between living and existing. It’s survival of the fittest as people often say. I do believe though that one’s weakness becomes one’s strength in the long run. We learn, oh how we learn to survive. Staying positive may be hard to do but it is one moving force for us to survive and accept a particular situation not to our liking. I remember one writer (the name escapes me now) who said, “When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back”.