Saturday, August 30, 2014

Don't Ever Quit

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Don't Ever Quit  

 (Author Unknown)


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are -
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

     This is a poem I've first seen way back in college. It was written on a poster. I love the message so much. I bought it and put on the wall beside my bed to be my inspiration daily. Ironically, I stopped from the university for reasons I thought were best for me. My board mates asked for my posters as a souvenir. Unhesitatingly, I gave all my posters including my favorite poem.

     After two decades I again stumbled on this poem. It still struck me the way it did years ago. I now posted it here that I may read it anytime I need encouraging words. Hope it encourages you too.

     Get Happy!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Like A Flower


Like a flower I will wither and die.
Like a flower I will bloom with all my best.
Like a flower I will produce nectar to sweeten the lives of other creatures.
Like a flower I will give mature seeds that will die unto the earth and slowly grows when the right time comes.
Like a flower my beauty would last in the memory even after I'm gone.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Love Gives The Power Of Working Miracles


     Og Mandino taught me to say I Love You silently to everyone I meet. At first, it's kind of weird. How can it be that effective if no one would hear it? However, I noticed there is that power of love which can be felt even if it's not uttered verbally. Maybe it's the miracle of love. Only God knows. On my part I just followed Og Mandino's advice because he had been there and did it. Nothing will I lose if I do it anyway. Besides, my goal to live fully is so strong that I'm willing to do everything just to become fully alive. I'm not that miracle worker yet. But someday I'll be when God decides to give me my time. I hope someday we would meet in the Miracle Workers Club.

     Get Happy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Morrie Schwartz

   The Ice Bucket Challenge took the social media like a tidal wave. It's aim is to increase the awareness of the disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS which cure has not yet been found, and also to acquire donations from people who either would do the challenge or just donate 100 dollars, or do both. This lead me to remember the book I've bought last April 1, 2002. The book is titled Tuesdays With Morrie. I never knew who Morrie was nor who Mitch Albom, the author of the book, was. What ignited me to  buy the book was the promise in its cover, "life's greatest lesson".

     The book is a true to life story of a college professor, Morrie Schwartz, through his journey with ALS. He contracted the disease in his seventies. When his former student of two decades ago, Mitch Albom, then a journalist saw him in an interview with Ted Koppel in his program Nightlife, he found a way to meet with his life mentor. Consequently, they met and agreed to write a book, which they considered as Mitch's final thesis, about Morrie's journey with the disease and the lessons he had to share in his last days. 

     Albom describes the disease as an, "illness of the neurological  system. It starts from the legs and works its way up....It melts your nerves and leaves your body a pile of wax....It makes a man frozen inside his own flesh...It takes no more than five years from the day you contract the disease." In short, when someone contracted this disease, he is dying slowly. However, this disease did not paralyze Morrie Schwartz. He spent his last days strengthening his legacy of love and nurtured relationships. He even had his "living funeral", wherein his close friends and family joined together to say their last words for him as if he were already dead. He asked for this, that he may be able to listen physically what they had to say.

     Morrie's life lessons were very wise. It showed what kind of person he was in his lifetime. I quoted some of them below:

     "Ted, when all this started, I asked myself, 'Am I going to withdraw from the world, like most people do, or am I going to live?' I decided I'm going to live - or at least try to live - the way I want, with dignity, with courage, with humor, with composure. "

     "Dying is only one thing to be sad over, Mitch. Living unhappily is something else. So many of the people who came to visit me were unhappy. Why? Well, for one thing, the culture we have does not make people good about themselves. We're teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Create your own. Most people can't do it. They're more unhappy than me - even in my current condition."

     "Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn't. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.... Love wins. Love always wins."

     "So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating that gives you purpose and meaning."

     "I believe in being fully present. That means you should be with the person you're with."

     "Don't let go too soon, but don't hang on too long."

     "Be compassionate. And take responsibility for each other."

     "Love each other or die."

     "I mourn my dwindling time, but I cherish the chance it gives me to make things right."

     "That's what we're all looking for. A certain peace with the idea of dying. If we know in the end, that we can ultimately have that peace with dying, then we can finally do the really hard thing. Make peace with living..... It's natural to die... Everything that gets born, dies."

     "Here's the payoff. Here is how we are different from these wonderful plants and animals. As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. You live on - in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here."

     "Death ends a life, not a relationship."

     When asked what are life's important questions, he had this to say, "As I see it, they have to do with love, responsibility, spirituality, awareness. And if I were healthy today, those would still be my issues. They should have been all along."

     "There is no formula to relationships. They have to be negotiated in loving ways, with room for both parties, what they want and what they need, what they can do and what their life is like."

     Those are some of Morrie's beautiful words that have touched me so much and are added to my collection of life's lessons? If you want to really know about his journey with ALS, you may purchase the book. Perhaps, it's still available in bookstores and online stores. As for me it was a best seller when I bought it. And it's worth more than the price.

Get Happy!




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Philippines National Heroes Day 2014

Today the Philippines celebrate its National Heroes Day. As a proud Filipino, I want to share the message of our president here.

His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To the Filipino people
On the occasion of National Heroes Day
[Released to media on August 24, 2014]

I join the Filipino people in celebrating National Heroes Day.
Today, we are reminded of the brave men and women who laid down their lives for the liberty that we cherish today. We are, and will forever be, indebted to their sacrifice. We sustain their legacy as we persist in weaving their dream of a free, inclusive, and empowered Philippines into a tangible reality.
Four years ago, the Filipino people dared to go against the tide of indifference and braved the waters towards good governance and social justice. Despite seemingly insurmountable odds we forged on, never letting those who continue to sow greed, doubt, and negativism undermine our love of country and people.
Now, we stand proud of the nation that we have become, as we bear the greatest gift for our forefathers: We have launched a revolution for enduring change and reform. It is this transformation that we shall proudly bequeath to coming generations.
Though we now face different challenges, the call for solidarity and commitment rings loud and true across the archipelago: Let us take this time to rediscover the story of our people, learn from the wisdom of the past, exalt our heritage in our present endeavors, and face the future with renewed courage and optimism. Through the most daunting circumstances—in the face of the strongest storm to hit our lands, in our continuing fight against poverty and corruption, or in our steadfast campaign for peace and equitable progress—we shall prove, time and again that, indeed, the Filipino is worth fighting for.

May we all have a meaningful celebration.

25 August 2014

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Wonderful message. It is true that because of the strength and bravery of our heroes we have become what we are today - a free nation.

As I ponder over these things, I ask myself these questions: who are my heroes? could I be a hero?

Personally, I consider all our national heroes as my heroes. Only that I were not given the chance to know them personally. To be fair, I'll choose somebody whom I know personally to be my hero. I may be a little bit biased but I'm just proud to announce that she is my hero. She is Lilia Manos Padayhag, my mother. She is my hero because so many times she stood for me and fought my life's battles with me. She'd tried with all her might to make me a better person. And if I turned out to be the opposite, it is no longer her fault. I am the one to answer for that. However, if I turned out to be better, it's partly because of her. And if I turned out to be pretty it's because of her genes. But that's another story.

With the second question, I really want to become a hero. I'll be hypocrite if I'll say no, I don't want to. Of course I also want my life to have an impact. I just don't know where my influence could go. I hope I'm starting now. Only one thing I know - I am a hero to my two kids. That's for sure.

Get Happy!

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