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December 02, 2003

... at least, para



... at least, para sa akin.


Kapag sa isang buong araw mo medyo disturbed at agitated ka ng mga pasulpot-sulpot na mga pangyayari, sa pagdating ng gabi at makakabasa ka ng ganito, parang nag-iiba ang perspective mo sa mundo, or at least sa naging araw mo. Naisip ko, pagkatapos kong syang basahin, kailangan mo pa rin talaga ng variation, ng contentions, ng inconsistencies at ng disappointments. Kasi dun mo pa rin nakikita ang kagandahan ng mundo, ang aral na dapat pulutin mo at ang blessings na binibigay sa'yo.


Maraming salamat kay Mr. Jim Paredes sa permisong binigay nya para i-lagay ko ito sa blog ko. This is from his book, "Between Blinks--More Random Takes on Everything" (Anvil Publishing Inc., 2000 and updated October 2002). His words hit home para ngang by coincidence. If you have the time, bisitahin nyo sya sa blog nya. The serenity of his entries might affect you, too.


Or better yet, bilhin nyo ang mga libro nya. I know I will... magrerequest na ako sa kapatid kong si Greta na bilhan nya ako at ipabitbit nya kay Inang at Itang pagbalik nila sa Canada.


(Again, maraming salamat, Jim...)


Modern Day Beatitudes


Blessed are the strange, the weird, the people we laugh at, those who do not fit our mold, especially the socially wretched and despised. By their presence in our lives, they expand our reality—on our part, reluctantly and on theirs, so painfully—by forcing us to look at them in the hope that we see the God in them.


Blessed are the depressed and the addicted for they are called upon to demonstrate the healing miracles of God through their own awakening.


Blessed are the broken, those who fail, those who fall below our expectations for they are asked to show the rest of us that not being perfect is part of the human condition—that accepting our imperfection is the first step in our realization of the divine perfection of all that is.


Blessed are the nameless, the faceless the dispossessed—the refugees, the homeless and the poor for they point us to the way to compassion. By their sheer numbers, they tell us that ultimately, the experience of compassion is inescapable.


Blessed are the cruel, the calloused and uncaring, for on some deep unconscious level, they choose to delay their own liberation so that others may be ‘enlightened’ by their example.


Blessed are those who arouse us to anger, who bring out the worst in us, for they force us out of the denial that we harbor within—that we are hooked on them, that they resonate with something hidden inside us, and to break free, we must let go of our misguided moral superiority.


Blessed are those who cause us to suffer repeatedly by their mistakes, for they are our tutors who spend valuable time so that we learn our lessons well.


Blessed are those who do not seem to have a life, and especially those who do not have a choice—those who are physically debilitated, paralyzed or in a coma and cannot move, for they bring us a message that is lost in this age of frenzy—that to be worthy of God's love, we need not strive to do or achieve anything, but simply be.


Blessed are all of us, for whatever condition we find ourselves in, we can choose to remember our true nature, our original blessing, our timeless
grace—anytime, any place, and always—and be happy in our Oneness.


(From "Between Blinks--More Random Takes on Everything", by Jim Paredes. Anvil Publishing Inc., 2000 and updated October 2002)

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December 01, 2003

I like her. Even



I like her. Even when she was a baby, she always made me smile. And now she writes... so refreshingly.


... I hope wala syang ghost-writer.








Replies: 4 Nagpansit



NEIL, sige ha... kapag dumiga, wag mo nang pakawalan talaga. pero baka maging long-distance ang relasyon nyo kasi pagkatapos ng paris, sa US na sya mag-aaral. masurvive nyo kaya ang long-distance relationship?? (at patulan ko raw ba ang ilusyon mo? hehehe)


Pinost ni ate sienna @ 12/02/2003 05:56 AM MST


hayyyy.. SISTER PREN, JET, alam mo naman ako... MEGAFAN. pero mas masugid si Greta kesa sa akin. VILMANIAN ako eh :)


ok lang ako... kelan uwi mo ng pinas?


Pinost ni ate sienna @ 12/02/2003 05:54 AM MST


ang ganda na ni KC ngayon. hehe. sasagutin ko na kapag dumiga.


Pinost ni Neilencio @ 12/01/2003 10:56 PM MST


E Ateng, kahit naman ang nanay, like mo rin di ba? Naaalala ko pa mula sa mga dating issues ng pansitan tsaka mga dati mong blog... :) Ganda ng site niya ha pero di muna ako nagbasa. Mas gusto kong basahin ang blog mo... hehe. Musta na Ateng?


Pinost ni Jet @ 12/01/2003 09:07 PM MST


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