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Archive for July, 2008

 

I find that one of the surest signs of getting old is being forgetful. I’ve never been good at memorization and now that I’m back to school, it didn’t surprise me that it’s still at the very bottom of my list of favorite things to do. J

 

My 12-year-old son expressed his amazement upon learning one day that the human being is the greatest computer ever created. And I agree with him. I think it’s good that we have this characteristic in the human brain—that we can forget things that should be buried in oblivion and remember things that could help us progress into becoming who we were meant to be.

 

Once I was sifting through my things and saw a very old journal. I sat down and read the pages and was reminded of how I was able to go through life’s ups and downs during those years. I read how my hopes and dreams became realities; that some of the things I feared were baseless and never really happened; that faith saw me through all of the most difficult trials I encountered then.  

 

For someone as scatterbrained as I am, it pays to keep a record of life here on earth so that someday, in one of my senior moments, I will remember… how beautiful and kind this life has been to me… how I’ve been blessed with so much despite my being me… and how a loving Father has guided me and lifted my load every single day of my existence—and that, I will never forget.

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(Photograph courtesy of Edwin Redrino)

 

I took a leisure walk in the rain with childish glee the other day. I loved the cool breeze that gently touched my face and the sound of the raindrops that trickled down the pavement. It was one very refreshing experience.

 

There are a few things that give my heart that warm, fuzzy feeling. Watching the sunrise as I drive to work… my children’s laughter… a new leaf from a growing plant… a long, tight hug from my little nephew… catching the sunset on my way home… These are some of the simple pleasures in life that provide such immense happiness that cannot be measured in terms of what the world considers wealth. And the joy they provide linger.

 

There are moments when circumstances surrounding us get us down and we forget just how beautiful earth life is. During these times, it helps to remind ourselves that we are here to learn and grow from our painful experiences, yet at the same time discover the true meaning of joy and happiness!! Isn’t it such an interesting and exciting journey??!! J

 

It’s good to remember that true happiness doesn’t come from things that we can buy in a department store, or the amount of whatever currency we have in our stock portfolio. But most often, happiness comes from intangible things that we sometimes call simple pleasures! J

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I was inside the North Tower of the World Trade Center when it was hit by a terrorist plane on September 11, 2001. I thought it was a good day for me to die… but my life was spared.

 

A lot of people thought of that tragic incident as a curse. Yet for so many people, including myself, that historic event proved to be a great blessing.  

 

Countless positive things came out of that seemingly negative situation. People softened their hearts and reached out to strangers in need. There were no barriers in economic status, race, or age—everyone united to achieve a common goal: to uplift the heavy hearts and heal the wounded spirits. Human kindness was overflowing.

 

But unlike that defining event in world history, there are quiet moments in life where no amount of aid from any human being will suffice… where only Divinity can appease the human soul.

 

In our daily struggles to be on the right path to get back to our real “home,” we acknowledge that we cannot make it on our own. Miracles happen and just when we think we are cursed, He blesses us. When we reach a crossroad and we think it’s as far as we can go, He bridges the gap and just won’t let go. Still every time we fall, He picks us up and saves us from further hurting ourselves.

 

I am deeply grateful that my life was saved that September morning. And I am eternally grateful for the amazing love of our Savior who would always rather give a blessing… instead of a curse.

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