Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Dawning of a New Year


I had the chance to watch the sun come up the other day. From darkness suddenly the sky starts to light up and it's as if gazillion lights have been switched open to reveal a new day. I breathed in the fresh morning air and I couldn't help but feel happy. Mornings have that effect on me. Everyday I am thankful that I have been given another chance to be with the people I love and be able to do the things that I love doing. I am also grateful for another day to correct my mistakes and maybe start all over.

Everytime the year comes to an end, I always feel hopeful that the new year will bring new opportunities. Excited to find out what life has in store for me and my family. Always wishing and dreaming about what I can do and where I can go with my kids. Its a time when we plan vacations and holidays.

After the clock strikes midnight, hubby, me and the girls would jump around the house clanging our musical toy instruments and dancing around like crazy people. We usually have dinner at my parents house and drink champagne and hot chocolate. My sister would be there and now that my brother came home for a vacation - the family is again complete. We would be reminiscing about the past when we were kids and joke around who was the naughtiest, who did the most daring tricks. My mom and dad would each be cooking their best recipes and they would have a contest as to what tasted better. The kids would be dancing around and hubby would be twirling me around as if in a waltz. We are a crazy bunch - but you know it's when I am with them that I am at my happiest.

Many things happened to me this year, some unforgettable, some I want to forget, some I can't simply put out of my mind, and some I should remember but always forget, some made me laugh, a few made me cry, some made me feel excited and some made me feel all sorts of things at the same time.

This year I was surprised to "meet" a lot of good people here in the blogosphere. It amazes me that we could be oceans apart, come from different countries, speak a different language...but have a lot of things in common. Some of them became my good friends and some even become part of my extended family. Life is really full of surprises and I found it in a lot of corners too!

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!” - William Arthur Ward

Don't fret about the coming year...instead be hopeful. It's a time to shed old fears and weave new dreams. Let life happen with no fear... only acceptance that change is inevitable. We can only control so much so in our lives, so why spend those precious moments worrying? and lastly Live, Laugh,'s the elixir of LIFE.

Happy New Year my dear friends! Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Happy Christmas

Christmas greetings blue

To all my friends, I wish you a very merry Christmas. It's His birthday on that day, hope you won't forget to invite Him in your hearts and home.


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Embracing Change

Have you ever tried going to a party, a meeting, or any occassion where you were only forced to? Your mind would be obsessed in ending the experience and you end up not gaining anything from it. Well, a colleague and a dear friend of mine had one such experience last Tuesday. We attended a learning session and a christmas party for service professionals in the industry where we belong to. She psyched herself that she'd be bored and proceeded to look for something that would confirm her initial impression. Never in her wildest dreams did she think that she'd have so much fun and learn something about life too!

The association invited a speaker who was really funny and entertaining. He gave faith a whole new look. His name is Arun Gogna . He is half Filipino and half Indian. Here are some of the lessons that he imparted. Hope you will get something from it, like I did.

He said in life he lives by some guiding principles. Very simple ones really.

Lesson One. The way you look at yourself is the way that you live your life.

Very early on his life he saw himself as someone average. Someone who can only get so far in life. Not achieving anything spectacular. An unexpected experience taught him differently. All his life he thought he was just an-82%-average student. So all his exams, all his projects he performed and created with 82% as the prized result. He never thought of doing anything more. When he finished college a life-changing event made him take up Theology as a post-graduate course and surprisingly graduated Magna Cum Laude. From then on he saw himself differently. He was not an average joe. He CAN be something more.

Lesson Two. Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better.

He says it's easy to blame circumstances and events when we are in a state of discontentment and unhappiness. When it's cold, we say - if it were a little more warmer here I would have done better, if it were a bit colder I would have done this and that. If the world were a better place then I would be very happy.

Happiness should not be given limitations or conditions, it's a state of being not just a destination.

Lesson Three. You are a not tree.

If we are unhappy or discontent we can always change our circumstance. We are not trees. We are not rooted to the ground. We can always move and do something else.

Lesson Four. When you get better, the game gets bigger.

I think lessons one to three are pre-requisites to lesson four. When we think we can do good things, when we become better persons, when we move to make our lives better...then bigger and better opportunities are opened to us.

Lesson Five.God is with us always.

God always meets us where we are. If there is anyone who can identify with you it is HIM. Afterall, He created us. He is always there watching and waiting for you and me to make the connection. He will never force us to love Him, because His love for us is unconditional. You loving Him back is not required.

God affirms who we really are.

The most important part of it all is YOU. Without your willingness and desire to have a better life all these will not be possible.

Go ahead, be inspired! I know I am.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Wisdom from a Cab Driver

It was a rainy Tuesday morning. I was running late. I needed to get to the office on time. I hailed a cab.

As soon as I got in, I noticed a pleasant looking old man was taking over the wheel. He let out a big smile and I smiled back. I rode the cab with three others. Normally I would have taken out my i-pod and stick the earphones in my ears and click on my "on-the-road" playlist. But this time I was intrigued by the driver. I'm not much of a talker that early in the morning and I don't usually engage in conversations with total strangers (a habit my mom and dad taught me early on in life ). But I was, I guess, awed.

At first they were talking politics, a topic I am not particularly keen on. And then they talked about how expensive gasoline is nowadays. And then the talk veered towards family. I was not a participant to the conversation, I was just listening. I was taking in what the old man was saying.

He said when he was much much younger he worked his butt off just to ensure that all his five children got good education. Not having finished any formal education himself he wanted more for his children. He said it was more of a mission for him and his wife. He goes on to say, "When you take good care of your children and ensure that they have a good future ahead of them, you have somehow ensured your retirement." I was a little skeptical about that. He continued on, "All my children are now professionals they have families of their own but they have good jobs. And each time they visit me, they thank me for giving them a future." Wow! I thought to myself. "Now, I drive just to pass the time. It gets a little boring when you're done doing the "big" stuff."

"Discipline," he says "has a lot to do with it. Being proud of what you do and doing it with honesty and dignity. Nowadays, there are a lot of things that keep the family apart. Television, computers, cellphones, games. When I was younger", he says, "we only had books and our family to keep us busy. Focus on more important things, that was what it taught me", he says. Then I saw him look at me through the rearview mirrow, "You know, work is just work...a means to make a life. Don't let it rule your life." Our eyes met and I thought those words were meant for me and for me only. Gosh! Was I that transparent?

We arrived at the office. We paid the driver and gave a good tip. For the words of wisdom he imparted. =) I know I heard or read those words before but somehow having it delivered that way makes a lot of difference. That was some taxi ride don't you think?

We are one big family of people, trying to make our way through the unfolding puzzle of life. We are all connected to one another in the heart. Connecting with the ultimate source of love is possible through discovering the hidden power in your heart. ~ Sara Paddison, Hidden Power of the Heart