Thursday, July 28, 2011

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Twenty-Eighth Lesson

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Lesson Number Twenty-Eight: Forgive everyone everything.

One reason why we could hardly move on in our lives is by not forgiving somebody who sinned against us and bringing his/her memories with us wherever we go.

Forgiveness is a virtue very hard to practice. In my lifetime there are countless of people who have caused me pain. Not just pain, but wounds that leave awful scars staining sometimes my relationships with my family and other people around.

To forgive is much easier said than done. But first, before we could have the courage to forgive someone, we need to forgive ourselves first. We need to forgive ourselves for committing the mistake of letting other people hurt us. We need to forgive ourselves for giving our TRUST to someone who is not worthy of it. We need to forgive ourselves for being so naive, so idiot, so innocent and so blind. If we can do that to ourselves, it would be much easier for us to forgive someone. 

When we forgive, we benefit from it more than those people who have hurt us. Because it is our deepest being that is cleansed. When we are able to forgive, our memories are cleaned; our guilt is lessened; our bucket of negative feelings is emptied; and our heart lightened. 

Most sicknesses and diseases are caused due to negative and ill-feelings we harbor in the deepest part of ourselves. This is scientifically proven. Should we wait to get sick before we forgive? Of course, we do not like that. So why wait for it to happen. Forgive now. Ask God's loving guidance that forgiving may not be as difficult as it seems. Forgive and choose life.

Get happy!     

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Twenty-Seventh Lesson

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Lesson Number Twenty-Seven: Always choose life.

Could you believe that I was once a run-away from 'life'? Yes. I used to be coward, faint-hearted, weak, submissive, neurotic, fearful, etc, etc... I used to be anything negative you could describe a person. 

Am I still this person now? Not that much. I learned. I had my fair share of learning it the hard way. I did not choose to learn. God did. He put me inside a suffocated situation where I CHOOSE to grasp for air. It were situations where I could hardly breathe and struggle every inch of strength I had just to breath. That was my way of learning.

If there is any wise lesson I learned so much from life -- it is choosing life. No matter how much we run away from life; no matter how much we surrender; no matter how much we submit ourselves; no matter how much we give up, we could do nothing but choose life. It is because, every breath we take is life. It is given to us freely. On the contrary, we could not give it back freely.  

There is one way of giving this life voluntarily back to its Creator -- committing suicide. But it's wrong. It's a wrong choice. It is an act that imprisons our souls forever. All because we have not the right to take back this life away from us.
This 'life' we have is given us freely to be lived fully, to be enjoyed, to be cherished. 

The good thing about life is -- no matter how difficult every situation could be, there is always a way out. When we believe the end of the world is at hand, there is always a savior who always come unexpectedly.They may be friends, acquaintances, or even strangers. They were just sent without their knowledge to help us out.

So by now, if you are weary, dreadful, disappointed, frustrated and at the verge of giving up, just choose life. No matter what you do, God is there watching you, interfering in your every act. All He wants from you, is to choose life.
Choose life. It is much better than choosing the other way, yet in the end you are bound to choose life still. Choose life immediately instead of  wasting time and effort. Do it now and live.

Get happy!



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Twenty-Sixth Lesson

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Lesson Number Twenty-Six: Frame every so-called disaster with these words:  "In five years, will this matter?"

So many wasted time do we have when we worry too much. We never know worrying over something does not help at all. Almost always we are carried by our emotions. We make spur of the moment decisions which we always regret later. What we forget is, many of the things that give us worries do not matter much after five years or less. 

If we are to be happy; if we desire so much to improve ourselves, then we must take everything slowly, no matter how tempted are we to react at the very moment.  

Always we must remember: there is no perfect situation; there is no perfect person; there is no perfect circumstance. We never know what will happen after five years or even the next day. Everything is in God's caring hands. Why fret, when God is in charge?

When faced with a near disaster situation, just close your eyes, take a deep breath, ask yourself, 'will this matter in five years?' Listen to God's voice. You may feel His answer in the deepest part of you. Then make a decision. Do not be afraid of committing the wrong one. As long as your ship is anchored in God, you could never go wrong. 

Get happy! 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Twenty-Fifth Lesson

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Lesson Number Twenty-Five: No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

Why are you here in this planet?.....
The answers could be varied, but there is one that stands out -- to be happy.

What are the ways to becoming happy?

The answers could be varied too; depending on the mood, lifestyle, environment, experiences, status, age, influences and interests of the person. 

As for me, there is no sure way as to what makes us happy. Because some things can make me happy while to others it could not -- just like sitting in front of the monitor looking outside at the green leaves dancing gracefully with each drop of the rain. Oh, it is so beautiful. And it makes me happy by just watching at the dance of the leaves and the raindrops.

It is where I am happiest the most --when I am with nature. Of course, my family makes me happy; but realistically, sometimes they don't.  Because I just choose to. For I know I am in charge of my own happiness and not anybody else. Sometimes I just allow my family to make me unhappy.
We all want and strive to be happy. I know that. What is the purpose of all our undertakings under the sun if not to be happy in the end. Only that we attach our happiness to the things that we believe could make us happy. This is where the difference lies. This is the reason why misery still exists in our helpless world despite the fact that we all want to be happy.

Sometimes too, we allow circumstances to make us happy. We want these and that to make us happy. In short, we only wait for anything that comes and make us happy. Oh, come on. Let us all wake up to the very fact that we are in charge of our happiness. To be truly happy is not somebody else responsibility. It is ours. Let us allow other people to be busy making themselves happy, while we are also busy making ourselves happy. Let us take that yoke off our neighbor's shoulders. We must carry our own yoke of making ourselves happy because it is our responsibility. 

This is what we should always remember: No one is in charge of our happiness, except us! It is our responsibility. It is our mission. If we are wise enough to follow this lesson, in our small way, we are slowly making a big difference in this beautiful planet of ours. Don't wait. Start now!

Get happy!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Twenty-Fourth Lesson

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Lesson Number Twenty-Four: The most important sex organ is the brain.

The reason why the brain is put higher than any organ in the body is because, it should rule all over the organs in the body. Which means we should always listen to the brain and not allow the other organs to rule us. It is true, we are just humans. But humans with brains. With our own will. 

The reason why others, or we sometimes, fail in our obligations to ourselves, to our family, to our community, is because we forget to follow our brains and our own will. Most often we allow our emotions to rule over us. This is why many relationships are broken, many marriages are put to naught. 

Humans are basically weak. This is the reason why God has given us a savior. God gave us the brain first. However, we do not know how to use it properly. So, God gave us a savior (Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha or whoever God sent in our religious beliefs). And our Savior, Jesus, can lead us the way toward the right path in this world.

We have many sex organs. But we must remember always, for always, that the most important of this all, is our brain. If we are to live a happier and more fulfilling life, we must follow our brains instead of the other organs we have. 

Get happy! 


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