Little Wonders

The year bids good-bye and the new one has begun to unfold. Another year to make choices. Another year to make mistakes. Another year to grow and learn. Another year to make the most of.

Upon deep contemplation over the year, it became clear that my vision board for 2017 will be about Focus. A lot of things happened over the course of the year, truly enriching my life and person in so many levels. I stretched, bounded, and leaped, all which I believed led me to deciding that it’s now about going back to my center and from there, determine the next steps. We can be distracted by many things and lose sight of what is really important. It is vital that we do not let that happen.

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As I walk two moons

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Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins. – American Indian Proverb

I had just finished rereading Sharon Creech’s Walk Two Moons and it still gave me the same lingering feeling of wanting to muse over things after I turned the last page of the book. I may have written my thoughts in one of my earlier journals back then and now here I was again, scribbling on my latest journal, pouring word after word coz they kept coming out of me, sometimes faster than I could write them down.

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#BooksToRemindUs

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I have been de-cluttering the past weeks, whenever I could, as there were changes around the house brought about by minor home renovations. We had to move stuff here and there and I had to let go of things as I feel like I have so much. One of tasks was to review the books I were to keep and those I were to donate. I had done this a year ago, cutting my collection immensely but here I go again, trimming the number of books I owned. Mind you, this was not easy for me as I am a bookworm and I have always dreamed of having a library of my own. However, some things happen in life that made me realize that holding on to material things too tightly isn’t right. Hence despite the difficulty, let go, I did – little by little.

In the process of paring down, I had to pick those I really liked and one of those would be my collection of Sammy Keyes mysteries. I was debating if I were to still keep it so I decided to read them again to be reminded of why I loved this modern-day Nancy Drew. I guess apart from her witty ways, her life story was also something that at one point becomes relatable for her readers. From being left by her dad and then her mom later on to being cared for by her grandma, from being a simple girl trying to survive high school to being hated by a bully, from being a normal teen going through phases of her adolescence to being someone brilliant but with eccentric ways that not everybody will appreciate, she is that person whom we can understand especially when we see her life from her point of view.

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Tell Him all that is in your heart

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“Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that he may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you to conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability. Tell him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.

If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. You will never exhaust the subject. It is continually being renewed. People who have no secrets from each other never want for subjects of conversation. They do not weigh their words, for there is nothing to be held back; neither do they seek for something to say. They talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration they say just what they think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God.”

– Francis Fenelon 

To Him, who not only hears but listens. To Him, who cares selflessly and absolutely.

Two and a half years later

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Two and a half years – almost three, since I began working. Two jobs since then.

Positive changes.

Growth.

Grateful.

Exceeding. Exploring. Enriching.

Discovering things that bring out the best parts of me.

Trying things I have never done before. #99FirstsAndCounting

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Captain America, Decisions, and Reasons

A notable long weekend it is for me, Saturday being free comic book day and a day out with my mom and aunt, a prequel to Mother’s Day, Sunday stay-in having my grandma also arriving for a simple celebration of the special day as a family, and finally today, Monday the election day also dubbed as #PiliPinas, when translated to English is a pun for “Choose, Philippines”, referring to the country as an entity that needs to make a choice.

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I must say that before the actual elections, the movie, Captain America: Civil War or otherwise hailed to be Avengers 3 or 3.1, came out. Before seeing the film, I have been hearing the question “Are you Team Captain America or Team Ironman?” being asked in social media and by my brother to me. Initially, I had an answer based solely on the superhero I liked better but upon watching the movie, I finally understood why the question was raised. It was not merely a question on who had better muscles (biceps and triceps in this particular case) or who was seen to be the cooler guy (for being a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist). It was a question on whose stand do you side on? I was for Team Ironman, thinking that limits are put in place for a reason and that it is important to work within the bounds of what is allowed, whether legally or morally. After the entire movie though, I also understood Captain’s point of view. It also made me think that my answer may be the former but what will I do when I am placed in a real-life circumstance that will make me choose?

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