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Today, i was watching Grey’s Anatomy and i came across this beautiful marriage vow/
Today’s the day my life begins. All my life I’ve been just me. Just a smart mouth kid. Today I become a man. Today I become a husband. Today I become accountable to someone other than myself. Today I become accountable to you. To our future. To all the possibilities that a marriage has to offer. Together, no matter what happens, I’ll be ready. For anything. For everything. To take on life, to take on love. To take on possibility and responsibility. Today Izzie Stevens, our life together begins. And I for one can’t wait.
Everytime i do something whether it be spiritual or just the ordinary household task, i give it my all. Always done the best that i can. For i believe that all the things we do here on earth is for God’s greater glory. Sometimes, we think its just a menial task but if we look at the bigger picture it means a lot.
So why not do something whether big or small – always do it with the best way you can.
In that way, you contribute to make this world a better place to live in.
While i was waiting for the mall to open, I was talking to the telephone operator at the Business Center of Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas City.
I was so inspired by his life story that i told him i would write about him in my blog.
He is a man full of hope and dreams for a brighter future. A person that can inspire other people.
His name is Allen Ojera, and he is a recipient of Global Fund for Children. He is now working at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas.
Allen, is a simple guy but full of hope. When he was a child he said he had to work in a sugar plantation to help out with the expenses of the family. Life was hard then, he hoped and prayed that life would become better. Then he came upon the Laura Vicuna foundation. This foundation taught him how to be a well rounded person. After graduation he landed a scholarship for a vocational course – dressmaking. He finished his course, but then a brighter future was given to him – that of working in the hotel industry in Manila. He was trained in all the departments in the hotel. He told himself that he will do his best in whatever department he was in and with his exemplary performance, the hotel hired him. And now, with his stable work he can now support his family in Negros Occidental. Life is good he says. For him, God first and family second.
I might not do justice to his story so allow me to share with you the link to his story.
I hope and pray with the story of Allen, I was able to inspire you to be the best in whatever circumstances you are in right now and for those who have more, may you have generous hearts to give. Because whatever help you give will surely go a long way.
If you know of success stories like Allen, let me know so that through this blog we may be able to touch other people’s hearts and minds.
Indeed our future is full of HOPE!
Yesterday, I attended the First Friday mass at a nearby church. The Priest gave a wonderful and inspiring Homily. The gospel reading yesterday was about the BEATITUDES. Because the BEATITUDES responds to our desire for happiness. He focused his homily on a book about How to be Happy and Fulfilled in life.
These are the ways in which we can be happy and fulfilled in life:
1. Follow your heart’s desire
First of all we should know what are our innermost desires and longings are. Take time to really discover it. Sometimes, we already know it but we fail to recognize what is it. Try to meditate and have a quiet time. We should then discover it, then knowing what it is, then we should follow our heart’s desires. A good example is I know of somebody who is a licensed practicing doctor. But then his passion is really to teach others then he gave up his practice and concentrated on his teaching career.
2. No regrets – whatever circumstances we are now in life we should accept it and embrace it. A very good question is : if you were given a new lease in life, do you will want the life you have now? The people you have and the circumstances where you are now? If your answer is a big YES, then happiness will surely come to you. Embracing the things and people we have around us now will surely bring us happiness. Like, given a chance – will you still marry the husband you have now? Will you still go to the same school you are attending now? Will you still choose that work you have now?
3. Be a being of love – becoming a loving being. We should be a person who radiates love around us. There are different categories of love.
A.) Love is eros – physical attraction. You are attracted to someone because he/she is beautiful and attractive. But this kind of love is passing. Because when physical attributes fades – our love fades too through time.
B.) Love is Philia – These kind of love is better personified by a philanthropist. A person who goes out of his way to reach out to other people in need. A brotherly love. Willing to be of service to other people always.
C.) Love is agape – universal love, a love which is unconditional. A love rising above the circumstances. It means doing good for all mankind.
There is that love which is difficult to explain, its called mystical agape. One wherein you look beyond the person – you see the divinity in every person. You never judge but you purely appreciate. Thereby only good things come out of the person. There are no negative feelings.
4. Give more than you take – when you become a being of love. Your tendency to be of service to others is almost inherent. It comes out naturally and you do not measure how much you have given but you give your all for someone in need. And not expecting something in return.
5. Cry more for the world than for your own little world. You have to be compassionate and not self centered. Think more of others than yourself.
These things maybe very hard for us to follow but at the end of the day, the ultimate question that will be asked of us is that HAVE WE LOVED?
How about you? How did you love?
I love butterflies. The reason i love them is because i compare myself to a butterfly. Before it becomes a beautiful butterfly, it undergoes many stages. The metamorphosis of a butterfly is amazing. From an egg, to a caterpillar, to a chrysalis then it emerges into a beautiful butterfly ready to spread its wings and fly.
I was once a shy and over protected young lady. My parents were so overprotective. They gave me the comforts in life. I never learned how to do things. They were all done for me. So i was a person that just flowed with the tide.
When i was in high school, i always compare myself to the other girls in my school. To me, they were all smarter than i was. I never tried to excel in high school. Although at the end of the year i saw that my grades were good. But i still did not get the top spot. So i did not believe in myself. I thought, i was not a smart girl and that i was a nobody.
When i went to college, i began to excel in my school but still i was just one of them.
But when i started working, it was my time shine and be the best that i could be. My first boss believed in me so i had to live up to her expectations. I had to do things that i never imagined i could do. I started believing in myself. Then people started believing in me. I gained my self confidence. From then on, i learned to be the best that i can be for the world. I tried everything that people my age would feel inadequate of doing. I became more technical, i tried everything that i could hold on too. I tried experimenting and i did not fail myself. I proved people that i was not only good enough but the best. I got awards and achievements in my job.
But amidst all those successes, i had to make a decision. A decision that i will forever treasure – and that was to be a full time Mom to my three young boys and a submissive and caring wife. That decision made me who i am today. A fulfilled wife and mother.
Today, to further enhance myself and to keep on learning, I enrolled in a mentoring program for on line marketing, blogging and working as a virtual assistant. I also do stock market investments. And most of all., I am so proud to say that I am now an ARTIST – a painter.
So now, we can see that from a small cocoon a butterfly emerges.
Let us continue believing in ourselves that the BEST is yet to come.
And that no matter how old we are – we can still learn new things.
This painting was an inspiration by a dear friend here in Jakarta. She gave me a picture of a butterfly. That picture made me paint this beautiful butterfly that i call my trademark. She even made a poem about My Pink Butterfly. But That’s another story to tell.
Oftentimes, we procrastinate on doing things. Or we do not have the courage to do it.
Sometimes, we are just too lazy to get up and do it.
I have been dangling on this project of mine. Actually it took me 9 months to do it. Then just last week i said to myself i need to do this project now. And so i downloaded this picture album from www.picturebooks.com.ph wherein you can do your album online and have it printed and delivered to your doorstep. And so I stopped procrastinating and started doing it. I have few obstacles long the way like my laptop suddenly stops and crashes on me or i get distracted by doing other things. But now i have a firm resolution to really finish this project of mine.
It just takes our willingness to do one thing and our commitment to finish whatever we started.
All it takes is a firm resolution to JUST DO IT!
As my posters says – If you will it … you can.
How about you? Do you have any stories to tell? Common lets publish it here so that we can inspire other people.
Shall I hear from you soon?