Thursday, November 5, 2020

IT'S HOW WE SEE AGING WHICH TRULY DEFINES US

 

 


What I felt back then when I wrote this.... and still feel now at this moment๐Ÿ˜Š Nothing is perfect but life..... is a perfect gift from God. 

--- From two years ago.... 

 ๐ŸŒฟThoughts running through my mind one afternoon watching pretty blue skies turn into gray. Yup, might rain later. Here's what.... 

๐ŸŒฟThere's no escaping growing older. We can't turn back time. Yet....It's how we see 'aging' which truly defines us. In fact, it's not what we see but how we see life in all its diversity and color which truly defines us. And that can be at any age. Though nobody says it's easy. 

 ๐ŸŒฟThankfully I can humbly and honestly say that God kept me quite busy with life and living that it didn't give me enough time to even contemplate the idea of 'growing older''. And before I knew it I was already at the threshold of 50. :-) and now I'm seventy. But am thinking. 

 ๐ŸŒฟMaybe that's the secret (if there ever was one).... keeping busy. Or rather that it be said this way..... savor life as it comes to you day by day. Relish it.. treasure it..live it! Run yourself through the whole gamut of feelings, moments, emotions, experiences, mishaps, achievements. 

 ๐ŸŒฟAll these authentically put together, as we know it, create this wonderful package called human being. Being human means a lot of things, both the good and the bad. Yet..... 

 ๐ŸŒฟEnjoy the good. Learn from the bad. Make friends with life. Accept that it is not perfect; it never is and never will be no matter what you do. Grow with it toward your highest potential. That can be difficult at times but try just the same. Which, incidentally, is by God's design. 

๐ŸŒฟAnd last but not least, after all is said and done.. or lived, know also that life is not all about you. It never is. Although sometimes it makes you feel that it is. Know that life .... It's all about God's love for you! . 

๐ŸŒฟMy own journey is not over yet. Until it is over. Meantime, me and life; we get on. I've made a lot of mistakes... small ones, big ones. So what?! Everybody has his or her share. No excuses. But I've gathered some trophies, too, like everybody does in his own. We have a good thing going... Life and me --- we love each other. Though sometimes we fight and I often say how much I hate it.. abhor it.. despise it. But we will always be the best of friends 

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

COME TO DADDY - HEART OF A CHILD

 




๐Ÿ˜ŠYeah.. whether you're 17, 47, or 70.... you're never too young nor too old to come to Daddy. And your troubles are never too big for Him. Bring them all to Him. Don't worry, even if all the inhabitants of this planet would come to Him with their burdens, significant or not, .... He still sees you, has time for you, will listen to you, cares for you, and loves you so dearly. ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’•



Wednesday, September 23, 2020

GORGEOUS MORNING DEW

 



Up early this morning. Lo and behold .....morning dew on the plants at my patio! Isn't that simply gorgeous!? Do we remember the last time we saw something like this up close... or paid any attention ?? If at all?๐Ÿ˜ 

 Come to think of it, there are so many things in life we take for granted... like we do the pieces of furniture in our homes. Oh yes ... things and ... humans too. Both the good and the bad. The good.. for our blessings. The bad.. for our learning. Both have a purpose for being. Open your mind and heart to the Divine spirit and intent. Though oft'times that can be quite hard... but try even harder. Life isn't .. without that connection.

 Our hearts are put there..... to love, to care, to treasure, to adore, and to give thanks and praise to One Magnificent Creator! For everything!! 

God bless you. Have a great day.๐Ÿ˜Š☺️ .



Monday, September 14, 2020

TODAY IS SPECIAL

 


๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•I like those lines. No... I love it! We should be reminding ourselves often how precious TODAY is in our brief temporal lives. Because, honestly, we take so many things for granted. The day goes by just like the day before it and the days farther back. Ala lang! Ganun.

But if you stop awhile.. be in the moment, open your senses - mind and heart ... everything will come to you so awesomely it will make you cry! Parang nabuksan ang utak mo..nabuhay ang puso mo... Some divine presence hugs you with its light. Suddenly you hear yourself saying ..Thank You! For everything you are and everything you have. Thank you for blessings yesterday..today..and even tomorrow. You begin to appreciate that moment - the moment - your moment! Thank God for that special gift!⚘๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’ž

Here's a quote so wonderful you'll want to read it again and again (Sorry, I don't know who wrote it):

 "...Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him. And He will make your paths straight." (Anon.) Unquote. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š



Wednesday, September 9, 2020

AN IMPERFECT LIFE BUT GOOD

 

-- My mom held expectations for me in her heart. Perhaps the same way her mom had hers for her daughter in their time. Mom, though poor, persevered and graduated, but I didn't know if teaching was her dream job, and she married before 30. ๐ŸŒท 

 I think I've missed a few things in her list. Life had other plans for me and laid down challenges on the table which were stoically meant for me to hurdle. Not always easy; I had my share of hurt and pain but something was undoubtedly happening. I sensed my life moving... evolving. I can understand it now as I look back to it all. ๐ŸŒท 

Yes, I better understand it now that a mother's expectations though with good intent and love isn't the only formula to life and living. ๐ŸŒท

Because life is not all about what others may think is best for you. Rather it should be lived according to you in your own lived circumstances... in your own allotted time and space and moments... in your best of who you are and what you are, by God's design. God, by the way, always knows best.๐ŸŒท

Happy in the heart. I hope wiser too. It's still an imperfect life --- but, Mom, it's a good one.๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒท๐Ÿค—



IMPATIENCE IS A FIERY CRAZED BULL

 


๐ŸŒฟ The dictionary defines impatience as ..... 'intolerance of anything that thwarts, delays, or hinders..'

๐ŸŒฟ Impatience can throw us off the track as we try to hasten processes or procedures innately designed or essential to something or someone. Failure to understand that everything in life involves a process easily paves the way for frustration or disappointment which eat us up or gnaw at our highly tensed nerves until eventually falls into pieces. Impatience is like a crazed bull loosed from the pen which gores anyone or anything that gets in its way.

๐ŸŒฟ While patience, on the other hand, is a revered cousin even considered a virtue by many. It keeps us steady and focused on whatever task we might throw ourselves into. In fact, it gains the favor of the gods thus aiding us further towards achievement or fulfillment.

๐ŸŒฟ But then it's impatience which gets the better of us most times. So how do we deal with this?

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Try simple incremental changes to our approach. Take it slow. Small concerted efforts done or added to the heap will create a huge mound which later we may use to bulldoze our way to the top. Further, small is manageable and feedback -friendly. Seeing results early on enables us to make good adjustments to our stride. And importantly doesn't have to tax our patience or impatience needlessly as we would be with gigantic investment of time, effort, and emotion which results sometimes could take eternity to pull off.

☘ Small simple incremental changes ..... they matter where we would let them matter most. It may take longer... but worth the wait. And this undoubtedly takes the bull of impatience by its horn and leads it back into the pen where it belongs!

☘ Blessings to one and all!

DEALING WITH QUARANTINE


Hi, everyone! How're you all doing?

๐Ÿ‘‰As I have heard on the news some areas are loosening a bit their quarantine rules. Just be safe and careful with the usual .. strong immune system, face mask, good hygiene - hand washing, social distancing.

๐Ÿ‘‰Because the invisible enemy is still very much around...until a vaccine is developed to fight or prevent it. For instance, I wouldn't go rushing to the malls (some have resumed business) just because I want relief from this boredom of home quarantine. There's a high price to pay for letting your guard down, like it or not. We can't afford to do that, can we!? Ahh but decisions, decisions! Make it good.

 Anyway..

 ๐Ÿ˜ŠStill up with my projects. In fact, am enjoying it immensely! Yes, have finished a lot..and counting. So there's no stopping this while am still having fun with it.

๐Ÿ˜€ If you might wonder, I chose this small projects because... it doesn't consume too much yarn, it finishes in a day, useful as face mask against pollution-dust-foul smells, can be used as face warmers in winter (lols winter in pinas), and... it gives the immediate satisfaction of seeing work done (in the shortest possible time). ☺️๐Ÿ‘ˆ 

☺️Added two new additions to the tribe. And another one close to finishing soon. Take care...be safe. Blessings to you and your loved ones.๐Ÿ‘ผ



YOU ARE WHAT YOU FEED


๐Ÿค“A good friend said this (in email) ..."Len, this one has helped me a lot. Eight years ago and still doing its job now. Just to let you know. Thanks."
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I'll say this... honestly, it's so appreciated if someone tells me that the essence of the writing resonates in the heart, mind, and soul. It tells me this one simple thing: basically we are the same. And the writings reflect that sameness running through a person's thoughts and emotions, man or woman. Aptly then we would say "Yeah I know, been there-done that".
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๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you very much, dear friend; appear tayo diyan.
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☺️ Here's the story and to quote...... 

A native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one."
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๐Ÿ™„The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?" The grandfather answered, "The one I feed." Unquote.

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๐Ÿ‘‰That's a good one, don't you think? The biggest battles that we fight are those with self. Anyone who says it isn't is not paying much attention to life. Either he has got himself so entrenched in his comfort zones or is feeding something else other than the two choices mentioned in the story.. 

Remember what has been said about 'you are what you eat'? In the same sense it can be said that 'you are what you feed'. Maybe we should be asking ourselves which of the two wolves do we feed.. the vengeful, angry, violent wolf - or - the compassionate loving one?
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๐Ÿ˜ŠIn our everyday lives is an opportunity or several to make that choice. Mom would always remind me to choose that which would make the heavens smile. Choose that which would make you a blessing to others and to yourself as well. Be true to yourself and to others. That, I believe, is the whole point of the story of our lives.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

GET HANDS WORKING - QUIETS THE MIND

Keeping busy leaves no room for thoughts to go haywire. Quite exhausting to the mind having thoughts all scrambling for your attention.๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜„ So get busy. 






GCQ - IS NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY