Life's Like That!Life's Like That!
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Keep on doing good..
I've received another uplifting email message...A man woke up early in order to have his morning devotion in the Lord's house. He got dressed, set on his way to the Lords house.On his way to the church, the man fell and his clothes got dirty. He got up, brushed himself off, and headed home. At home, he changed his clothes, and was, again, on his way to the Lord's house.On his way to the church, he fell again and at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed himself off and headed home. At home he, once again, changed his clothes and was on his way to the Lords house.On his way to the house of God, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked the man of his identity and the man replied, "I saw you fall twice on your way to the house of God, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way".The first man thanked him profusely and the two were on their way to the house of God. Once at the house of God, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in and pray with him. The second man refused...
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One Day I Decided To Quit
One day I decided to quit...I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality... I wanted to quit my life.I went to the woods to have one last talk with God."God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"His answer surprised me... "Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?""Yes", I replied."When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.I gave them light. I gave them water.The fern quickly grew from the earth.Its brilliant green covered the floor.Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.But I did not quit on the bamboo.In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.But I did not quit on the bamboo." He said."In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit." He said."Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.Compared to the fern it w...
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Summer life in the Philippines is so fiestarrific. It is one of my favorite seasons, second to Christmas. Because summer here is synonymous to beaches. Almost the entire summer season, you'd find beaches in fiesta atmosphere.The Philippines is very blessed with great summer getaways, from north to south and within the scattered islands, beaches abound. In the north, the Batanes islands welcome tourists and whale pods alike to its majestic hills and temperate waters.In La union, the famous hundred islands entice you to go island hopping. In Boracay , the pristine waters and white sand beaches attract thousands of visitors all year. Puerto Galera, another popular white sand island boasts its attractive diving sites. Down the south is Siargao beach, which is considered the surfing capital of the Philippines where international competitions are held. And then there is Bohol and Palawan islands, hosting the most diversified wildlife in nature. Their magnificent diving sites, beaches and ...
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It's very ironical to know that a very agricultural country like the Philippines is actually experiencing a rice crisis. Some areas of the nation have people literally lining-up in stores for their daily ration of rice. And some people are now crying for help from the government which repeatedly assures plenty of supply. The price of rice zoomed from 24 pesos to 35 pesos per kilo of the same variant over the week and continually climbs. The Catholic church has offered help in distributiuon of rice. Some restaurants and food chains have also offered to their customers half-orders of rice.I really hope this will be controlled soon as police authorities have warned that crime rates will rise if the situation aggrevates.
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In Him alone
I want to share this very meaningful song from Bukas Palad Music Ministry. REFRAIN:In Him alone is our hopeIn Him alone is our strengthIn Him alone are we justifiedIn Him alone are we savedWhat have we to offerThat does not fade or witherCan the world ever satisfyThe emptiness in our heartsIn vain we deny (REFRAIN)When will you cease runningIn search of hollow meaningLet His love feed the hunger In your soul till it overflowsWith joy you yearn to know (REFRAIN)DESCANT:In Him alone is our hopeUnto Him I pour out my heartHe alone will save meWith His love and mercy.
I have always admired Bo Sanchez's talks. When he talks everyone is at all ears. Here's one reason why..."Let me tell you a crazy story I heard recently. There's this husband who out of sheer love for his wife decided to prove it to her. So he swam the widest oceans, crossed the deepest rivers, and climbed the highest mountains to show his deep devotion to her. But in the end, she divorced him.Why? Because he was never home.(Get it?)" - Bo Sanchez
A short anecdote on humility
I love Fr. Jerry Orbos' short but witty anecdote. A child once asked his father: "Why do I need to be humble?"His father replied: "My child, when you choose the lowly path, there is no place to fall and the only way is up."and then there's this...A thought to ponder, from a blood donor: I gave blood, He gave His life; I gave a pint, He gave it all; the needle was short and sharp, the nails were large and dull; the cot was soft and restful, the cross was rough and hard; the med tech was kind and gentle, the soldiers were mean and cruel; the crowd applauded my sacrifice, He was derided and reviled; mine was given to prolong life, His was given for eternal life.Hope each of us will learn humility while we are still "human".
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In view of the Lenten Season, let's pause and remember why we are here, how we were saved, and what we keep on forgetting... Give thankswith a grateful heartGive thanksto the Holy OneGive thanksfor He's givenJesus Christ, His sonAnd now let the weak sayI am strongLet the poor sayI am richBecause of whatthe Lord has donefor us Give thanks...
Dismal service no more
I finally deicided to pay a visit to the restaurant I was ranting about a few posts ago, and it wasn't a great surprise for me that their service has significantly improve. Their crews are much more attentive to the customer's needs and they are much more courteous this time. I don't consider owning the cause of their significant change after the text message that I've sent them, but I think overtime the management found it out themselves that something is wrong. Oh well, it's good that they're back on their feet and that I can regularly go visit them again.
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by Robert J. BurdetteThere are two days in the week upon which and about which I never worry -- two carefree days kept sacredly free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday. Yesterday, with its cares and fret and pains and aches, all its faults, its mistakes and blunders, has passed forever beyond my recall. It was mine; it is God 's.The other day that I do not worry about is Tomorrow. Tomorrow, with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its perils, its large promise and performance, its failures and mistakes, is as far beyond my mastery as its dead sister, Yesterday. Tomorrow is God's day; it will be mine.There is left, then, for myself but one day in the week - Today. Any man can fight the battles of today. Any woman can carry the burdens of just one day; any man can resist the temptation of today. It is only when we willfully add the burden of these two awful eternities - Yesterday and Tomorrow - such burdens as only the Mighty God can sustain - that we b...
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Inspiring poems by Helen Steiner Rice
Helen Steiner Rice is acclaimed as America's beloved inspirational poet laureate. She has inspired millions of people through her sensitive, loving verses. Her strong faith and belief in God sustained her thru life which was punctuated by tragedy. She lost her father during the 1918 flu epidemic. She and her husband suffered financially during the 1930s recession. Her husband committed suicide due to depression. But the seeds of her sorrow gave birth to some of her most uplifting verses.Everyone Needs SomeonePeople need people and friends need friends,And we all need love for a full life depends-Not on vast riches or great acclaim,Not on success or on worldy fame,But just in knowing that someone cares,And holds us close in their thoughts and prayers-For only the knowledge that we're understood,Makes everyday living feel wonderfully good,And we rob ourselves of life's greatest need,When we "lock up our hearts" and fail to heed,The outstretched hand reaching to find,A kindred spiri...
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A lthough things are not perfectB ecause of trial or painC ontinue in thanksgivingD o not begin to blame.E ven when the times are hardF ierce winds are bound to blowG od is forever ableH old on to what you know.I magine life without His loveJ oy would cease to beK eep thanking Him for all the thingsL ove imparts to thee.M ove out of "Camp Complaining"N o weapon that is knownO n earth can yield the powerP raise can do alone.Q uit looking at the futureR edeem the time at handS tart every day with worshipT o "thank" is a command.U ntil we see Him comingV ictorious in the skyW e'll run the race with gratitudeX alting God most high.Y es, there will be good times and yes some will be bad, but...Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad! The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything. Be Blessed.
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Five Basic Principles
Don't let someone become a priority in your life when you are just an option for them.Never cry for any relation in life because for the one whom you cry does not deserve your tears and the one who deserves will never let you cry.Treat everyone with politeness even those who are rude to you, not because they are not nice but because you are nice.Never search your happiness in others which will make you feel alone, rather search it in yourself, you will feel happy even if you are left alone.Happiness always looks small when we hold it in our hands but when we learn to share it, we realize how big and precious it is.
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Life's not like that!
We've dealt a lot about what life is in the past. But how about what life is not and still get a positive outlook. Well here is a list of things that life is not about. I hope you can add some of yours... Life is not just an existence, it's an opportunity to make a difference.Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Life is not about finding yourself, Life is about Creating yourself.Life's not like the movies. There's no script that says the good guys have to win.Life's not like you imagine it as a child.Life's not about staying on your feet. It's about getting up when you fall.Life's not about fitting in; it's about standing out.Life's not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it's about doing, being and becoming.Life's not what you make it; it's what you make of it.Life's not always fair. Sometimes you can get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow.
Everyday notes to enjoy life (11)
It's a new year. Bountiful blessings were showered to us last year. Either we caught some or not, we've had the opportunity. That alone is a good reason to be thankful. To show a small gratitude to those who made the difference in our lives is quite admirable. Why not stop for a while and show a little appreciation to all those who have helped. Send a simple thank you note to them who have extended assistance and in some ways have provided comfort. But before everyone else, thank God for His wonderful blessings.
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A Thread of Faith
Thomas is a very sinful man. Naturally, when he died his soul went straight to hell. That's the time he regreted all of what he's done. For he cannot not bear the torture, punishment and fire that's eating up his soul. He began to contemplate very hard on his sins. He began to pray. He prayed so hard and he prayed heartfully. And God was so mercifull that he listened to Thomas' plea to get him out of hell. God said, "Thomas, I'm giving you another chance. I'm going to drop a thread for you to hold on while I pull you out of that burning pit." And so God fulfilled His promise.A very thin thread dropped from heaven. Thomas grabbed the thin thread and hold on to it. Suddenly, he is slowly being pulled up. Slowly, he is ascending through the piece of thin thread.The other souls in hell noticed this and they immediately scrambled unto Thomas. They were frantically grabbing him from everywhere. His legs, his arms. They were all over him because everyone wants to be saved.Thomas pani...
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CNN's Top Ten Life-Affirming Movies
CNN,s The Screening Room lists the Top Ten Life -affirming movie moments.1. It's A Wonderful Life(Frank Capra, 1946) "Remember, no man is a failure who has friends." Perennial Christmas favorite "It's A Wonderful Life" sees habitual do-gooder George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) pulled back from the brink of despair by wannabe angel Clarence. As Bailey embraces his life with joy, it's his friend's final sign-off that draws a sentimental tear from even the most stone-hearted viewer.2. Spartacus(Stanley Kubrick, 1960) After the battle, Crassus (Laurence Olivier) promises to spare the rebel slaves' lives if they give up Spartacus (Kirk Douglas). In a stirring response, knowing that they are condemning themselves to death by crucifixion, they each rise with a cry of "I am Spartacus!" One moment's freedom has never tasted so sweet.3. Casablanca(Michael Curtiz, 1942) A tense frisson of resentment ripples through Rick's Bar as the boorish Nazi officers strike up in patriotic song. But a com...
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Allow Your Own Inner Light to Guide You
It's another new year. Most of us may have new goals set, new dreams to follow and new aspirations to achieve. I found the following very inspiring and encouraging. Allo w Your Own Inner Light to Guide You There comes a time when you must stand alone.You must feel confident enough within yourself to follow your own dreams.You must be willing to make sacrifices.You must be capable of changing and rearranging your priorities so that your final goal can be achieved.Sometimes, familiarity and comfort need to be challenged.There are times when you must take a few extra chances and create your own realities.Be strong enough to at least try to make your life better.Be confident enough that you won't settle for a compromise just to get by.Appreciate yourself by allowing yourself the opportunities to grow, develop, and find your true sense of purpose in this life.Don't stand in someone else's shadow when it's your sunlight that should lead the way.
My Confession by Ben Stein
Snopes.com call this forwarded mail a phoney but whether it's real or not, it is a worthwhile read. Father Mario Sobrejuanite used it on one of his homilies. It really delivers a provocative message regarding our relationship with God and its effect on our society. "My Confession : I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with...
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I have amassed a collection of life metaphors. Some were personally authored by me, and some I obtained from the net and other sources. The comparisons of life to things and objects are very intersting to note and if you have other ideas please free to add one. Thanks. Have fun reading!Life is like a seed. It will never grow unless planted and nourished.Life is like a river. With all its bends and rapid falls, one must follow the right path or else you'll lost your way to the sea.Life is like a box of chocolates. You'll never know what you're going to get.Life is like a bagel. It's delicious when it's fresh and warm, but often it's just hard. The hole is the middle is its great mystery, and yet it wouldn't be a bagel without it.Life is like eating grapefruit. First you have to break through the skin; then it takes a couple of bites to get used to the taste, and just as you begin to enjoy it, it squirts you in the eye.Life is like a banana. You start out green and get soft and...
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A Faithful Drunk
Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas Party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at all. He didn't even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong. Jack had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And,next to them, a single red rose! Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed.He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick: "Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make you your favorite dinner toni...
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Everyday notes to enjoy life (10)
Today is our 3rd wedding anniversary. As one of my presents to my wife, I especially composed a poem for her. It's just a simple one but she holds it dearly to her heart because it came from mine.I am not really much into poetry and maybe so are you. But if its for someone who is very special, someone you really care about and someone you love very much, you'd form the words and rhymes from your mind and heart right away.So don't let those wonderful thoughts just linger in your minds and just drift away, write and mould them into beautiful poems. They are the perfect gifts for someone you care.
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Dumbing down our kids
I got these 9 very provocative rules from an author, Charles J. Sykes who has this title for a book, Dumbing down our kids :Why America's children feel good about themselves but can't read, write or add. These rules really speak for themselves very well and are based on real life and not the usual mumbojumbo "who says so" type of advice. The list have been sometime attributed to Bill Gates but in reality, these are not his works.Rule 1: Life is not fair; get used to it.Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.Rule 3: You will not make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice president with a car phone until you "earn" both.Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger-flipping; they called it opportuni...
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What I've Learned from my Superheroes
Here are 17 items that I've learned from my superheroes. 1. You don't need to be super to become a real hero. You only need to care.2. You don't need costumes or disguises to help anyone who is in need. You only need yourself.3. A lost battle is not a lost war.4. Revenge doesn't count but justice is.5. Even if you can fly, keep your feet on the ground. Learn to be humble.6. Everybody has a weakness. Learn it, outwit it.7. Even a hero needs rescuing.8. No matter how hard the task is, be committed to it and accept responsibility.9. You can never please everyone.10. You may be invulnerable to bullets and wrecking balls and laser beams, but not to harsh words. It's a good thing because that feels very human.11. The bigger they are the harder they fall.12. With great power comes great responsibility.13. Sometimes your archenemy can be your greatest ally.14. Never underestimate your enemy.15. The real job of a hero is not to fight but to save and protect.16. Strength is good but mos...
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The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. KeithPeople are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.Give the world the best you have anyway.Mother Theresa is thought to have her own version of these commandments which were written on the wall of Mother Teresa's hom...
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Christmas in our Hearts
Christmas season is in the air. The weather is colder. Daylight is shorter. Carols are everywhere to be heard. And people has been thronging to malls causing the usual December traffic. In the Philippines, Christmas comes in very early. As early as September in fact. We call it the "ber months". As soon as September hits the calendar, Christmas carols can be heard from radio stations. And early bird customers go promptly to markets to avoid the bargain fever come November. This could last up to the early weeks of January the following year where the season ends with the celebration of the Three Kings. That's how we Filipinos love the season so dearly. And this is what our fellow Filipinos abroad miss. True, we will never experience the spectacle of a white Christmas but we surely don't want it to be blue either. Our own celebration is so joyous that you can feel the warmth and spirit of true Christmas. The spirit is not only within our own homes and families but to total strangers...
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Everyday notes to enjoy life (9)
Laughter is the best medicine so they say. I envy the kids. They live in a world of games, and plays and laughter. A world virtually free of problems and stress. A world of fun and a world of dreams. How I miss my childhood days.The world is full of irony. When we were young we want to grow fast and pretend to be adults. An now that we are all grown up, we want to go back being children. I never grew tired watching cartoons or playing games. It's fun being a kid at heart. Now that I have a child, I can play every kid's game that I want. And it's so much fun, fooling around specially with your own kid. True, stress and work have eaten up our adult life but never be ashamed to admit that we want to be children again. So be a kid again and be unmindful of the things around you, play around and laugh out loud.
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Go Gently with the Flow
If the sky above seems cloudy,And you're left out in the rain,If you're searching for a rainbow,But the colors bring you pain... If your world is not revolving,And there is no end in sight,If you're looking for the sunshine,But all you see is night... If all around are smiling,But all you can do is frown,If you are tired of all this living,When life just brings you down... Then look beyond your teardrops,At the wonders of this land,The beauty of a flower,Like velvet in your hand. Feel the air around you,The smell of new mown hay,Laughing children in the park,The innocence there at play. Imagine floating with a butterfly,As she flutters between the trees,Or the whispers of the ocean,On warm hot summer's breeze. Think of the taste of candy floss,As it melts upon your tongue,Or the melody of morning birds,As they greet each day with song. Remember words of beauty,Told in your mother's embrace.Feel the gentleness of her touch,As she softly kissed your face. Seek the good within you...
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If you are quick to take offense, then you'll be under the control of those who you find offensive.If you are easily angered, then your actions will be dictated by those who anger you.If you are obsessed by what other people think, then you will be imprisoned by their thoughts.If you yearn for easy answers and quick solutions, you'll fall prey to people who offer you nothing but promises.If you find the truth too difficult to bear, you'll be enslaved to those who tell you what you want to hear.When you have the courage to think for yourself, the strength to accept what is, the commitment and discipline to make a difference, then you are free.You are truly free to live with purpose, joy and fulfillment.Let your life be defined, not by reactions to what others do, say, or think but rather your own unique vision.Raise your eyes above the pettiness and follow the path of the greatness that is within you.
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A professor stood before his class of 20 senior organic biology students, about to hand out the final exam. "I want to say that it's been a pleasure teaching you this semester. I know you've all worked extremely hard and many of you are off to medical school after summer. So that no one gets their GP messed up because they might have been celebrating a bit too much this week, anyone who would like to opt out of the final exam today will receive a "B" for the course." There was much rejoicing amongst the class as students got up, passed by the professor to thank him and sign out on his offer. As the last taker left the room, the professor looked out over the handful of remaining students and asked, "Any one else? This is your last chance." One final student rose up and took the offer. The professor closed the door and took attendance of those students remaining. "I'm glad to see you believe in yourself." he said. "You all have A's."
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