Refill

12522976_10153816902252660_3466282763354977098_nI was stuck in traffic and noticed an almost Empty Tank. Oh no! This does not happen. I don’t let this kind of thing to happen. Add the fact that for the last couple of weeks, I was frantic that the car I was driving is at its filthiest. These are signs – that I have been remiss with some basic stuff that are otherwise always ‘in order’.

How I wish life also has all sorts of gauge right in front of our face every day, reminding us which ones need refilling, which ones need calibration, which ones need adjustments.

An audiometer to measure how much we listen to our body as it screams that we slow down and rest.

A chronometer to tell us how much time we waste doing things that are superficial.

A disdrometer to count the raindrops of blessings we receive everyday.

A heliometer to indicate the angular separation between ourselves and the people who matter most in our life.

A profilometer to indicate the sometimes roughness of our words and actions.

A spectrometer to see if we are emitting the right amount of brightness as bearer of hope and positivity to people.

As I stopped at the gas station and have the fuel refilled, I had a quick check which parts of my life need refilling. I thought of few.

To continue the journey – Stop. Refill. Move on.

Finding ‘Self’

12540744_10153788139447660_34922329875451977_nI stare at this beautiful gift given by a bunch of four kids who hold a special place in my heart and remembered one of the most famous quotes of Nobel Prize and Oscar-winning playwright, George Bernard Shaw.

He said, ‘Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.’

Sometimes, we spend so much time finding ourselves in the midst of the crowd, in the midst of many options and choices, in the midst of crossroads, in the midst of endless search of what seemed to be the one that will give more and deeper meaning to our existence. Only to find, in the end, that we are still lost.

Today, this cute little gift has reminded me that I have already been found. A long time ago, forty years ago, from the first heartbeat inside my Mama’s womb. All I need to do is to continue creating myself, continue growing, continue doing what I am destined to do.

Another of Shaw’s word of wisdom says, ‘A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.’

We may have loved and lost, we may have tried and failed, we may have jumped and got broken, we may have said hello but later walked away, it is all part of creating ourselves. Our beautiful and genuine ‘self’.

May God, the Potter, continue to mold and hold us in His most loving hands, as we create ourselves, as our lives continue to turn on the Potter’s wheel, Amen.

What’s on the other side?

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Hobbiton movie set, used in the Lord of the Rings film series.

At the start of the tour, the guide repeatedly said that whilst we will see more than a dozen of hobbit holes, we will not be able to enter the doors.
She said that one of the most famous hobbit holes, Bag-end, where Bilbo Baggins live will be slightly opened, will show some interiors but, again, we will not be able to see what is inside.

The tour guide was able to set and manage the expectations of the tourists. She was able to tame down a possible breakdown, a sigh, a disappointment from die-hard fans of the film.

What she did was to transport us back to the scenes in the movie and allowed our imaginations to complete the whole Hobbiton experience.

As I took photos on the door of the different hobbit holes, I always wondered, ‘What’s on the other side?’

As the New Year starts, there are lots of new beginnings, new chapters, new doors right in front of us. Some are still totally closed, some are already slightly open. We often wonder and ask ourselves, ‘What’s on the other side?’.

If I make this choice, if I take this option, if I walk away from this relationship, if I say Yes to this, ‘What’s on the other side?’

May this New Year allow us not only to wonder what’s on the other side, but to give us the wisdom and courage to walk closely to the door and start the joyful journey.
And as we journey, may God hold us in His most caring hands, Amen.

#hashtags

The past weeks that I have been silent from blogging, I was just monitoring events and gossips from twitter and instagram.

#secjesse

I monitored everything from the time the Piper Seneca was reported to be missing up to the time Secretary Jesse Robredo was laid to rest. Many have been written and I have read majority of those. I will no longer add to the thousands of great things said about Sec Jesse but there are things that made a lasting impression on me. 1) The President personally looking after everything – it’s so nice to see the members of the cabinet working as a family – while Sec Roxas and Sec Abad were managing the search and rescue operation, Sec Soliman was with the Robredo family – when the body of Sec Jesse was recovered, P-Noy flew back to Masbate and brought Sec Jesse’s body to Naga. It was moving. 2) The grace and strength of the Robredo ladies – I watched every interview, I looked at every photo, I tried to monitor the whole event – not because I was nosy – but because I was drawing strength from the Robredo’s – especially Atty. Leni. The way she accepted the death of her beloved husband has become my source of strength. 3) Discovering Sec Jesse’s simplicity and humility brought me to personal reflection and examination. Thank you for the inspiration, Sec Jesse. RIP.

#cjsereno

While I have my personal bet from the nominees for Chief Justice, I was happy with the choice. Only because of the fact that she’s the first woman to be appointed as Chief Justice of the Philippines. I hope every corporation and every organization in the world will have the same heart as P-Noy in terms of entrusting and empowering women and giving them key and vital positions. Goodluck, Madam Chief Justice!

#plagiarism

I will not say anything about this topic.

#london2012

I was fortunate to secure a ticket and watch Olympic events. It has turned me to an Olympic fan – it gave me so much happiness and inspiration everytime someone breaks an Olympic or World record. I hope I will be lucky enough to be at Rio in 2016!

Olympic Park

#throwback

Instagram was flooded with throwback photos. Few weeks ago, my high school classmates posted photos of our yearbook in Facebook. So, I thought I would re-post one of those photos as my #throwback picture. Here it is:

 

Looking back, I realized that life is a series of coming out from shell after shell after shell. You never stay from what you are, from who you are, from where you are. The core remains to be there but we need to keep coming out of our shells – often called our comfort zones.

Trolley

It was one of those mornings when even if I was rushing to get to work, I could still afford to look around and stalk strangers.

It is a common sight to see commuters with luggage trolleys – they complete the landscape of the City of London. They are either traveling to the City for business or for pleasure.

Anyway – one particular suitcase captured my attention. From few meters away, I noticed something was written in the handle. I ran, grabbed my phone, took photo  – – –

Not close enough so, I continued to chase…

Gotcha!

Never Stop Exploring!

If life is indeed a journey – it is not enough that we simply travel – we need to continue to explore – for better things – for possibilities – for opportunities – for meaning – for greater and wider purpose – for that elusive thing called true love – for that captivating thing called inner freedom  – for that priceless thing called joy.

May God bless and enrich our journeys.