Today is the final day of our 10 Days of Prayer to the Holy Cross. I phoned mom who is feeling fantastic at what is happening at home. Friends and relatives came over, prayed, eat, and dance together as I have imagined. I just wish I was there to celebrate with them. But I could only wish and I’ll just check the videos and photos of the event later. I couldn’t thank God enough for this opportunity.
Meanwhile I am sharing my top 5 reasons that I should praise and thank God for this very moment:
1. Life – Having a life is good enough to be grateful. There are ups and downs that I’ve encountered but those are part of human strife. My life is simple and I’d like to keep it that way – less complicated but with spiritual bliss.
2. Health – an important thing that I always ask from God for myself and family. There is no happiness without excellent health.
3. Family – I don’t have a wealthy family with luxurious cars and fashionable clothes but I do have a loving and supportive one who never disappeared when I need helping hands and understanding minds.
4. Husband and Daughter – Sometimes i feel ashamed to God that He matched me with a very understanding and kind-hearted person. I think God just love me enough for giving me a thoughtful husband and a heavenly little being!
5. Job Opportunity – Eight years is long enough to work in an organization that everyone hates 🙂 but I managed to continue working even in the middle of foolish changes and ridiculous complaints. I was strong and patient enough to hurdle the challenges. Without God’s never-ending blessing, I won’t last and get this far.
Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!
There are reports I read that another typhoon is slamming northern Philippines today. In fact, some classes were suspended due to the typhoon Glenda. I can only hope that the weather nearby Cebu provinces is bearable. My sister is traveling today from Manila to Cebu and early tomorrow morning she flies to our place, Camiguin. It would be very inconvenient to her if she’ll be stranded in Cebu. Plus, the airline’s already made her travel inconvenient by changing time and dates of her trip, hence the long wait at Cebu airport later today. I just pray all goes right and well for her.
Here in Thailand, the weather is a bit unusual. It has been dark the whole afternoon and in early evening the rain started to fall with substantial winds. For this reason I was not able to work overtime, I wasn’t prepared for a rainy walk to home.
I don’t like gloomy, stormy weather… it makes me nostalgic!
These are my favorite quotes from Buddha. The quotes inspire me a lot and give me enlightenment after some self-reflections and re-evaluation especially when I feel sad, worried or angry.
I asked about my Thai friend who is a devoted Buddhist about the quotes if all of them are actual words of the Buddha. I do not want to post something untrue and not give credit to whom the inspiring quotes came from. She said there are some (but not pointed out which one) that are not entirely Buddha’s actual words but is associated to Buddha’s teachings. I guess there are words that are altered however the meaning of the motto remains the same hence she said some are not from Buddha. It doesn’t make any difference anyway if they all come from Gautama Siddhartha or not. Wise words are good for the spirit and we need them in dealing daily undertakings. Personally, I like them a lot because they incite good values to maintain good morals and seem to build up new hope that has died. I am in fact guilty of doing against what has been said by these good words from Buddha. That’s probably the most rational reason why I like these quotes a lot; they not only motivate me to do good but to remind me when I tend to go the wrong ways.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
I often make fun of my own physical flaws and even ideas and sometimes less caring of my health. When I stumble upon these words, I realized who would love and defend myself if the rest of the world mock me?
“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”
Social influence has a great dragging power, too tough to resist or go against. It demands you to take part of every affairs and fads and fashion. It demands you to show off what you got and tell the world about it. The social media is killing the humility. Vanity is queen. Or am I blaming society to excuse myself for my own fault and ego? I’m afraid to hear my own answer.
“The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.”
Tact is not my strongest point. Sarcasm maybe. I hurt people with piercing words than swords. I can construct distasteful speech easily when angry. Then I have to deal with shame and guilt at the end of the day. It’s not easy to change an attitude but I will do my best to fashion my language in a classy manner.
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
Right! I failed at kind speech but not often. I just need more time to practice kinder speech to all people in all occasions and places. 😀
“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”
Oh yes! We must work in order to put food on our tables. Perseverance and hard work will lead us to where we want to go and what we want to have. I like this quote, because I tend to be lazy and always need a push to work harder, I consider this not the carrot that motivates me to work, but I think it’s the stick that hit gently on my back in order for me to get up and take action!
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Perfect! Enough said!
“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”
(WORST: If there’s NO idea at all! haha)
Too many people complain a lot of many things and forget how to appreciate what they have got and I am not an exception. I always complain, I have aired many ideas to change some things and systems but when I’m ordered to do such things and start the change I begin to moan again, “too much work”!
I definitely need a personality revamp 😀
“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.”
Similar to what’s written above. I really need to mellow on sarcasm and keep my mouth zip when I don’t have nice things to say. Difficult to do where I work but I consider this a challenge. Wish me luck! 😀
Thank you God for the blessings that only you can provide!
It was a weekend so I was supposed to get up late and enjoy the non-working day but there I was on my bicycle and cycling in the villages. What else one can do in the neighborhood? It was unusually quiet Saturday morning and the whole apartment building seemed an abandoned property due to no movement of anyone, not too many cars running their engines and even the constant ringing of the 7-11 door has stopped for a while… I thought people evacuated the place while I was asleep. Or did I wake up too early? So I took the chance to cycle and exercise at the same time. I could hardly exercise the past days because of the demands of work are hard to ignore.
Anyway, as I was cycling along the way, I noticed the fields are green again and some areas are ready for seeding.They have harvested the rice when I was out of the country. I missed the smell of the burnt hays and grasses before they prepare for re-planting. Ahh… simple upcountry living, fresh and quiet. Just the way I like…
Pedalling on to the next village I thought I could get my famourite ‘kanom cheen’ a thai spicy noodle with sauce similar to curry. But to my dismay, the store was close therfore I have no choice but to move on. Still more greens, rice paddies and rivers. Dogs occassionaly stick their head to check who’s passing by their bestfriend’s house but most of the them went back to lie down on the ground.
When I got back to the apartment the sun was already high and hurt a bit. Got a phone call from my sister who wanted me to come over to her house as she too was bored to death. This is probably the most boring Saturday! Despite that, I have some nice shots of the neighborhood again. I don’t get tired of taking photos of the place. I like it here, peaceful and less drama unlike the urban place I used to live! 😀
Fields of green, fresh and calm.
Year round, these rice paddies produce tons of rice grains. I witnessed how farmers battled against heat and fatigue. I saw how many times the greens turned yellow and brown and back to green again. I heard the engines of trucks loading rice, chatter of farmers and the loud noise of tractors. This lovely morning, I imagined what would this place be like 5 years from now? Still a vast ricefield or a populated village? Who knows!