The End Where I Begin

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As the year ends, I read all the small notes from my Jar of Thanksgiving. Here’s one of them:

January 13, 2013

I wrote it today here! I am hung up and I’ve nowhere to head.I just flunked in my board exam, been bum for 2 months. With no penny in my pocket but still tend to enjoy life in its simplest form. I know it sounds funny, but I just want to write it in here to say that this is not where my life ends. It is just a beginning of greater things in my life.A start of something new. Maybe I am losing but I am not lost because I know that I have the LIGHT to guide me and direct my path.When I read this again,I know I will just laugh about it and just be thankful because this event  fits significantly in my life.Everything is temporary.There are more things to come.

After reading this note right now, I smile, because TODAY it is a lot better and different than the day I wrote it. Indeed, after almost a year, everything changes.Favor and breakthroughs happened.

I realized that we can’t escape reality, because it is a by product of our past actions, decisions and circumstances.Crying and mourning over things is alright in its way while it lasts.But you have to stop sooner or later or ASAP, then you can choose and decide what’s the next reality to have.There will be disappointments, pruning, and most of the time you want to ran away while on your way,but in your heart, you know that “giving up” or “running away” is never an option.As long as there are reasons to wake up, you will keep on pushing forward.

This maybe a year of waiting, perseverance and endurance and was indeed a hard fight, but I don’t give up and I came through.I am waiting for a chapter to end and to start anew with the most important thing  I learned this year and that was to stand up again, after all failure is not that fatal.

And finally after almost months of being away, I am happy to be back here!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone :)

Did I just say that?

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‘’ Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.’’ I’ve been searching for the author of this famous quote but I failed. I admire that ANONYMOUS author for saying this words but I personally think that for the most of us this isn’t true, because in reality words are like swords .It cannot literally cut you into pieces but deep down it can terribly leave stain on our soul. I think the quote could have been more realistic if it stated like this, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but WORDS hurt a lot more than getting beat.”

I believe that the words we utter have the power over life and death; it can build enough high esteem as high as the clouds but destroy to the point of ending a life. At one point in our lives I believe that majority of us have been hurt by the words spoken to us and we profoundly remember it up to now. Maybe you already forgiven the person, but you remember vividly the WORDS that he or she says about you (believe me, I know!).If words can only kill, I have died many times by now. My point is, we all need to be more responsible in the way we speak and what kind of words do we speak unto others because you never really know when your words can have an impact to somebody’s life.

So, be careful in every word you say, sometimes we speak spontaneously and we forgot how to pause. And at the end of it, you just caught yourself asking, “Did I just say that to him or to her? But it’s too late because the damage has been done before you realize it.

Today, I encourage you to choose your words wisely; speak the truth, speak blessings, and speak hope! Choose to speak LIFE with the words you say! Just what like the proverbs say, “Reckless words pierce like a sword but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” 

What is your “DASH”?

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ImageI am always thinking of what my epitaph will be when I die, and so I immediately goggled for it to find some examples of great epitaphs and   then I noticed that after their famous line right under it, there lies  the years of their existence and between those numbers there stands a “DASH”.  And it hit me right there that instead of thinking of that line, I should give more importance to that “dash”. Today, I decided that from this day forward I will be a pursuer in living my DASH well.

Right now, if you cannot find meaning in your life or how to live it, it is your responsibility as a human being to create it. Some people are seeking the meaning of it and failed to answer it, because they always think that it is a noun that needs meaning in to it. Some even died without really knowing how to live it, because they only thought that it is a noun. Some lived to exist and haven’t had the experience of being alive. So, you must know first what is your purpose is because that will serve as your guide in living your “DASH”, that should go beyond life’s inequities. It is not enough to live it but to live it RIGHT, it is the greatest reward that you can have. Just what like the Psalmist says,’’ So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” This is also my prayer today, A HEART OF WISDOM to live my dash according to HIS will.

DASH will always serve as the bridge that connects your cradle to your grave. And bridge was an epic achievement! It is where life transcends! So tell me my friend, what is your DASH all about? I hope you lived a dash you’re proud of because your DASH will speak the loudest when your life is over.

2013: No resolutions, only FAITH goals

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It becomes customary for everyone, or at least most of us to make resolutions at the beginning of the year. We see things in our lives with which we are not satisfied, and we decided that this new year we are going to make changes. Very often the resolutions that we make center simply in self-improvement and for whatever will make us FEEL better. And most of the time it focuses on our own glory.

I am guilty of making resolutions too. I mean who doesn’t want to have better year or better results? I believe that we humans are always looking forward for better days and better version of ourselves. I have nothing against making resolutions, I do tolerate it but for the past 3 years, I’ve come up to a BETTER way to have this and indeed I got results that are far way better than having my resolutions before. We called it FAITH GOALS .Resolutions is about resolving things that you haven’t succeeded the last year on the other hand, faith goals is having list of goals rooted in FAITH. It may consist of your personal, career, family goals and etc.( the more detailed it is, the better).Having your own faith goals, it makes you ACT  more in FAITH, pray more and makes you HOPE–it is more than simply longing for something that it might happen, but it is a confident and assurance that it will happen. It might not come within the year but it will surely happen in its perfect time as long as you have the right motive in having it. And as you act upon it in FAITH it will also be nurtured in prayer, not just by you but by your partners in hand.

By the end of the year, you will be delighted how many in your list have been crossed out. There may be times that you won’t have a 100% accomplished goals, but it will enable you to act more, trust more, pray more, wait more patiently and stretch more of  your faith!

# 29 Go trekking and visit some falls

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29mNovember 5, 2012: a day hitting on the trail

“IT IS WORTH IT!’’: these are the words that I uttered upon looking the majestic waterfalls before me. It is really a very tiring hike, but it is well worth the effort once you’ve reach your destination. I never thought that I could make it to the top because the way up there is so challenging and my bare feet can’t seem to handle it any longer.

Why I include this in my list? It is for me to learn the art of perseverance. No matter how hard the journey is, you must keep moving forward, the harder the course the more rewarding it is in the end. I can relate it to LIFE itself. We might get tired sometimes, but that doesn’t mean that we have to stop. We should keep going through because there is more to life than being complacent and stagnant. We don’t know what our full potential may be if we won’t take risk. In the end, it is still the journey that counts the most.

 

 

Bucket List

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        After watching the movie, “Bucket List”  starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman back in 2007, it quickly inspired me to create my own bucket list as well and write an article at the same time for each that I have accomplished. It took me years to finally complete my 100 things to do before I die. There may be some things that I’ve done and will be doing more than once, but I decided to document my “first encounter” with it.

        So, here is my list! Please feel free to share yours! And let us complete our hundred in our lifetime!

  1. Run a 10k marathon
  2. Ride a gondola in Venice
  3. Watch cherry blossom in Japan
  4.  Fly first class
  5. Ride in one of the largest roller coaster
  6. Go on a cruise
  7. See the northern lights ( aurora borealis)
  8. Have my portrait painted or drawn
  9. Climb a mountain
  10. Go to costume party and dress up as your fantasy character
  11. Organize a picnic outing
  12. Fly in a hot air balloon
  13. Hongkong, Disneyland
  14. Climb the great wall of China
  15. Be a part of flash mob
  16. Have a published article or book.
  17. Climb an active volcano
  18. Donate blood
  19. Buy my car
  20. Go to Paris ( Eiffel Tower)
  21.  Learn to play piano
  22. Write myself a letter and open it 10 years from now
  23. Pay for a stranger’s  groceries
  24. Go on a mission trip ( local and abroad)
  25. Ride an elephant
  26. Take a photography course
  27. Visit the Taj Mahal
  28. Go and watch the Olympics
  29. Go trekking and visit some falls
  30. Attend Loy Krathong, the sky lantern festival in Thailand.
  31. Go caving
  32. Learn to swim
  33. Have a small library in my room
  34. Attend La Tomatina Festival in Valencia, Spain
  35. Have bonfire with my friends near the beach
  36. Eat a croissant at a bakery in Paris
  37. Experienced marine life up close
  38. Travel alone
  39. Celebrate my birthday with street children
  40. Dye my hair
  41.  Bury yourself in the sand
  42. Milk a cow
  43. Go zorbing
  44. Bungee jumping in Malaysia
  45. Shoot a gun
  46. Fly a kite
  47. Take road trip with my friends
  48.  Direct a movie
  49. Go to church and dine in with my family
  50. Watch NBA championship live
  51. Get a whole body massage
  52. Go to Dubai
  53. Read the Top 100 novels of all time
  54. Plant a tree
  55. Became a millionaire
  56. Send a message in a bottle
  57. Go swimming with Dolphins
  58. Learn a new language
  59. Launch a sky lantern.
  60. Be in a rap battlle
  61. See a snow
  62. Learn to drive a car
  63. Zipline
  64. Join amazing race ( local or international)
  65. Ride in a bullet train
  66. Walk where Jesus walked in Jerusalem and Israel
  67. Visit Singapore
  68. Voice dubbing
  69. Have a picture with an artist
  70. See a birth ( human or animal)
  71. Travel across oceania
  72. Find the origin of my surname
  73. Visit Macao
  74. Watch a scary movie alone in the cinema.
  75. Have a foreigner friend
  76. Go cliff jumping
  77. Eat in an exotic restaurant
  78. Go to Korea
  79.  Make someone’s wish come true
  80.  Get a license
  81. Ride in an airplane
  82. Check in  a 5- star hotel
  83. Visit an orphanage
  84. Sleep on the street
  85. Be a travel blogger
  86. Experience surfing
  87. Send someone to college
  88. Attend at least  5 festivals in the Philippines
  89.  Finish the bible in a chronological order and live it out
  90.  Paint ball with friends
  91. Visit the Grand Canyon
  92. Fall asleep on grassy plains
  93. Have a picture with a tiger or snake
  94. Ice skating
  95. Eat in a fancy restaurant
  96. Watch meteor showers
  97. Parasailing
  98. Sky Diving
  99. Watch a concert of my favorite band/artist
  100. Make a bucket list

 

#1 Run a 10k marathon

10kJanuary 5, 2014: the day I finished the race

It has been years since I started to join fun runs and marathons. Finally, after years, I was able to meet my 10k run goal. It was really a fun run that I didn’t notice it was already over. It was challenging because I came from almost a no sleep condition. Got home at 11pm, prepare and woke up at 2am. As what the theme of the run implies, this was really a colorful run! Next goal: 16 K run

Why include this in my list? Because having finish a race reminds me of life itself. Its the journey that counts! :)