Showing posts with label life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label life. Show all posts

Saturday, November 30, 2013

the resilient malunggay

Quite pleased to see our malunggay tree still standing up after strong winds tried to break it or pin it down. Resilience is such a big word these days after that great typhoon Yolanda. That's how people in other countries would describe us Filipinos. Perhaps that's what they really see in us, or maybe that's also their way of trying to motivate those who almost have nothing left with them to move forward. Just like that resilient malunggay, we can get up again after we've been battered by a lot of storms in life. As long as our Maker still wants us to be here, we know there are still a lot of things we have to go through. However good or bad anyone's situation is, let us not forget that everything happens for a reason. There definitely is a purpose for everything.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

on loving and hating the rainy days

I have a love-hate relationship with the rainy days.  I do love the rainy days because this is one of those times when I can enjoy a sip of hot coffee at home. It's also a perfect time to be lazy - to just curl up in bed and get relaxed. Moreover, I am a nicer person when it's raining. I'm always in a good mood because I am able to relax, eat and sleep well. When it's raining, husband and I can save some water for watering the plants. The rain also takes care of this chore for us. :-)

But don't you just hate it when it's raining and you're still on your way to work?  Well, except when you have a car that doesn't get stuck in the flood, going to work when it's raining is really no fun at all, right? It can also be quite a challenge to not get your clothes and your shoes wet. Let's not even talk about the challenge of coming to the workplace on time. Sometimes, it's just too tempting for me to call in sick so I don't have to brave the heavy rain and traffic when coming to the workplace. Yet, I also don't like it when it's raining hard when I am at home because power outage in our area will usually follow. It sucks to be at home with no electricity because we're relying on it for our water utility.

Yes, the rainy days can be such a good thing, although it can be annoying, too. In life, I don't let the annoyance of the rainy days get me. I'll just look forward to the rainbow that follows it.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

an inspiring story of simplicity

On our way to work one morning, while we were riding our motorcycle, we noticed the van ahead of us bore a mini poster plastered at the back of the vehicle with some words that are not quite readable if you don't get near it. There's a picture within the poster, though, which I later recognized to be that of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Out of curiosity, I asked my husband to drive closer near it and I forced my eyes so I can have the chance to read some parts of it. I knew I can google it later when work is over. Luckily, I had an idea that the words written in the poster were excerpts from the Story of a Soul. I googled those 4 words and realized it was all about the life of St. Therese. This beautiful and inspiring story about her life has got me reading the rest of the day. I thought I should have just listened to the audio book so that I won't tire my eyes out (I guess I have to accept and acknowledge the need of eyeglasses now at my age) but thought I would appreciate the words better when read rather than heard. Nonetheless, I thought I would eventually listen to the audio book as soon as I'm done with the written version. Anyhow, I have come to appreciate how St. Therese, in her writings, had made me realize that it is in our own uniqueness that we are made beautiful; and that no matter what circumstances we are in, we don't have to question God about it. We have our own purpose and that we need to just follow His will.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

my Valentine thoughts

I felt compelled to update this blog because it's Valentines Day! :-) Actually, there's not much happening today (maybe later tonight haha! kidding) as husband and I have been busy at work. Despite the lack of time to celebrate this special day exclusively for us, I am already happy (always happy) because we're together every single day. After all, we are working in the same office; so, we go to work and go home together. What more could I ask for? Some people say this routine of constant togetherness can put our relationship to the brink of boredom. However, I don't see it happening with us. Everyday we are getting closer because there's always communication. We understand and respect each other more as we get to know each other and ourselves more. Of course, there are still arguments along the way as neither of us is perfect but what is more important is that we often agree more than we disagree. I appreciate my husband for everything that he is and he is not. I thank the Lord that I have a partner who understands and accepts my imperfection. Life is more wonderful with him and my daughter. On the other hand, life wouldn't be also complete without family and friends. I am also happy that we have families and friends who love us. We love them just the same. I am definitely loving whatever I have right now. Now, if only we can balance our time for all of these - work, spiritual life, marriage, parenthood, family and friends - life would be a perfect blend! We will work on it! :-)

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Monday, June 27, 2011

just an ordinary Monday update

Happy Monday, everyone!

Life had been extremely busy that I missed to update this blog as often as I would have loved to. As usual. I thought I could fit blogging regularly but I guess I will not push myself too hard on this itinerary anymore. Hopefully, I can manage to at least update and do some blog hopping on a weekly basis. We'll see.

No matter how busy I get these days, though, I am still loving life. Stress won't defeat us if we believe that there's a God who can lighten all our burdens. If there's anything heavy that I was not able to address yet at this point in time, that would have to be my weight. Even my husband would remind me to exercise more or I might be able to make myself an eligible candidate for the second season of Biggest Loser: Pinoy Edition. It's not funny but he's right, though. So, I won't complain anymore if I hear anyone telling me the obvious that I'm getting bigger. The truth hurts, indeed; but if that's what it takes to get me to do something about it, then I'd gladly welcome pain!

I look forward to the time when I would be comfortable to have pictures of me taken. Right now, though, I'll have to be content with just the head part of me shown. :-)



Or better yet, don't focus the camera on me. :-)



Goodness, got caught eating again!

Monday, January 31, 2011

when are we going back to the basics of life?

It's Monday. Happy day, everyone! I'd like to share a wonderful song I just discovered today. It's called "The Basics Of Life".  I feel like the message of the song is very timely because of what is already happening in our world today - so much chaos, so much war, so much crime, and so many other things that most of us do that no longer conform to what God originally wants for us to do. Well, let me know if you liked the message of the song.

Friday, August 27, 2010

a coffee-inspired life, anyone?

I ran into this beautiful video presentation about seeing life through a cup of coffee. I'd like to share it with you guys so we can all have a coffee-inspired life. :-)



I guess, at some point, we are guilty for choosing the best cups even if what we really wanted was the coffee.

Today, I resolve to enjoy  my coffee everyday even when they are not served from the best cups! Care to drink with me?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Legacies In Life

It's been thirty-three years of existence, and still counting, and yet at this point in time, I felt like I haven't really done much. Or have I? I think and I know there's still so much more to achieve.

I don't have to be a perfectionist to be able to realize that I can go through life better than this. So much better than this. I didn't mean the material things because they're just passing fancies. Everything and everyone will all come to pass. Pondering on these things, I just realized that I've already hit my middle age, that is, if you look at the current average life span of a human being. And yet, at this stage in my life, I felt like there are lots of things that are left undone. Frankly, I really don't know why. I guess I'm just so afraid life won't permit me to fulfill all my dreams for my family while I still can. I'd like to see my daughter grow up, go to school, have a job, and have a family of her own. Or who knows, she just might have a sibling one day, too. I kept praying to God to give me more time with my family. Quality time, that is.

Since I can no longer hold the years back, I'd like to be able to leave some legacy, if not for everyone to remember me by, then at least for my family so they will always think of me.

They say we can do these things, but not necessarily in this order, to leave some legacies in this life:

1. Plant A Tree. This is something I have not done yet. I've planted crops but not a tree. A tree is a good legacy especially if you plant the perennial type. When I leave this world and the tree has grown, and continued to bear fruits, they will always think of the one who planted the tree. Well, hopefully.

2. Have A Child. If you have children and especially if they grow to be the best of your kind, people will remember the tree (the parent) who bore the fruit (the child). I think I already have some points in this "criteria", if I can call it that. :-)

3. Write A Book. If you write a book, especially if it's a good one, people will remember the author and will get recognized for the work. Well, I'm working on it. If doing some blogging won't pass for this third requirement, then I'll be working on it.

4. Reach Out to People. I've added this as another legacy that I think not any person would want to do but I'd like to be able to do this my own way and in any way I can.

I am just so grateful I still have time to do what I have to do. In general, I've already made a legacy by being thirty-three, a wife, and a mom to a beautiful daughter (and a daughter, a sister, a niece, a friend, a relative, etc.)...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

have i lost my sense of humor?

I have always looked at life as a roller coaster ride. Some days are happy, some days are sad. Today, you’re in trouble, the next day, your happiness is doubled. And whether we like it or not, we will journey through this life with both the bitter and the better things. It’s just a matter of dealing with the bitter and savoring the better—and hopefully, looking forward to the best.

Wow, am I getting serious or what? Have I lost my sense of humor? Being married is not just all fun and romance. It is also a lifetime commitment and obligation to your partner and to the marriage. Having or expecting a baby gives another excitement to the marriage but it also requires an even more serious role for the couple. Talk about trying to make all ends meet. Raising your child with the good and right values. Trying to shape ourselves to become the best parents we can be. This and probably much more.

I’m sure you already know by now that hubby will be out of job effective February 28th. When you really think about it, it’s quite depressing. As his officemate, I’ve seen how serious he is with his job. He’s not the type that just works for the sake of working and getting paid. Unfortunately, he will be one of those who would have to seek for other opportunities elsewhere. We thought it’s just so untimely. It’s not a good welcome gift for the baby. But we’re not about to lose hope. I’ve seen how optimistic he is with getting a new job. And when he is about to lose his optimism, we cling to God for help and guidance.

Long before this retrenchment thing, we’ve been discussing about not being employed in the same company so that when things such as this arise, we’re not about to risk losing both our jobs. We didn’t act upon it right away but it’s just so fortunate that the company is keeping me for now and God only knows for how long. I still feel lucky though. No new company would shelter you with a new job when you’re eight months’ pregnant, right?

Call it a blessing in disguise. Hopefully, he gets his hard-earned paycheck and a separation pay and will be shaking hands with his new employer soon. Take it from the wife who believes so much in her husband—and more importantly, in God’s kindness. We’ve seen how God works. We just got amazed. Every time we feel we’re about to lose hope, help just comes out of nowhere, when we least expect them.

What we’re experiencing now is no joke. But definitely, I still haven’t totally lost my sense of humor. He’s not losing his. Maybe it’s just taking a back seat, for the meantime. When you’re traveling through an unfamiliar road, it’s best to keep your head straight on the road and do some serious driving.

Talking About The New Normal

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