Things to do when you feel blue…

1.) Have a conversation with God.

2.) Pamper yourself…go to the spa.

3.) Call a good friend who doesn’t mind your calling her/him out of the blue.

4.) Make a list of people and things you are thankful for.

5.) Volunteer at the local hospital or an old folks home. Making other people happy will brighten your day.

6.) Perform a kind deed.

7.) Watch a rerun of a favorite movie.

8.) Read a good book…preferably one you read before and enjoyed.

9.) Tell a loved one that you love him/her and that life is so much better with him/her.

10.) Dress up and enjoy an afternoon tea all by yourself. Read a good book or listen to an audio book.

Warning: Whatever you do, don’t stay in the house and eat ice cream or a box of chocolates. Furthermore, stay away from shopping malls. You might purchase something on the spur of the moment and regret it.

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Change One Undesirable Habit

Changing many undesirable habits all at once is like trying to hit several tennis balls simultaneously. It’s just impossible. The truth is, if we focus on just one habit at a time, our tiny success in overcoming the undesirable habit will enable us to cause a ripple effect such that we will eventually change other related, undesirable habits.

When I was a child, I remember a story entitled, “The Magic Geranium.” It was about a woman whose house was very untidy, and who moped around the house all day long. (This is the description of a depressed person).

One day, her friend gave her a geranium, telling her that it was magic. The woman did not believe in magic, but since she did not want to offend her friend, she put the flower in vase and poured water into the vase. Then, she sat down to look at it.

While looking at the pretty flower, she realized that the table was too shabby, and decided to paint the table. Then, she painted the chairs, then the walls, and finally, she cleaned up the room. She cleaned the entire house, and even cooked dinner for her husband, something she has not done for a long time. The husband was quite surprised when he came home that night. “What happened?” He exclaimed. The woman answered, that it was all because of the magic geranium.

In real life, this kind of transformation does not happen in a matter of hours. However, the concept is there. Changing just one undesirable habit will cause a chain of reactions that will lead to a better person and a better life.

A little tweak of our eating habits can lead to better nutrition. Below is a suggestion for a meal. Just add good carbohydrates like brown rice or sweet potato (if you are not diabetic), and you’re good to go.

Have a great weekend!

Thoughts on Manny Pacquiao’s Triumph

 

Many people might wonder why I am writing about Manny Pacquiao’s triumph. After all, Timothy Bradley was voted the winner in last Sunday’s questionable boxing bout, by two out of three judges.

For me, Manny still won in the hearts of his many fans, and definitely, the heavenly hosts think so, too. Manny never showed any signs of bitterness. He was still all smiles after the fight. It didn’t matter that many people believe this fight was rigged. It sure was painful for the family since this was the first time his children came to watch the fight. I feel for the children, who expected their father to win, but was not declared the winner. Anyone of lesser caliber would have succumbed to a meltdown. I probably might have.

But not Manny, who  said it was a test of his faith. He will stay strong and true to God. Only a man who has a strong faith in God can overcome the bitterness, frustration, and disappointment that is warranted in this scenario.

This sad story reminds me of a similar story many, many years ago. My younger sister was great at delivering speeches. She was the representative of our school in a Girl Scout meet, where she delivered a great oration. She was declared the winner and went on stage to claim her medal. However, someone protested because the first runner up was a PRISAA (one of those nationwide or regional competitions) winner. So, they physically removed the medal from her and gave it to the runner up, right there, on the stage!

My mother and my sister went home crestfallen. I was not able to attend because I was resting from a tooth extraction. When I heard about this injustice, I felt really bad. My sister did not dwell on it and went on to greater heights.

There are many stories out there of injustices. Life is not fair. However, God is fair. He sees everything and He will give everyone their due, in time.

I don’t watch the boxing fights because I am afraid of these. I just wait for the results. Like most, if not every Filipino, I want Manny to win in the ring. Manny is more than just a great boxer. He carries the dreams and hopes of the Filipino nation on his shoulders.

I am proud of Manny Pacquiao, not just because he is one of the (if not the) greatest boxers who ever lived, but because he is the model of a great athlete. What is a great athlete? A great athlete is one who, when he enters the locker room after the sports event, is still smiling. A spectator who did not see the match can not tell whether he won or  not. His faith in God does not depend upon the decision of any mortal. In his heart, he knows that he won the game for God.

Manny Pacquiao, you are a champion! You will always be a champion of the Lord! Godspeed!

 

Inner Peace

Inner Peace

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I have been seeking inner peace
For half a century now
I searched for inner peace
In the beaches of Hawaii and Boracay

In religious retreats
In churches and monasteries
In the forest and on mountaintops
I do get some semblance of peace

But only for a little while
When I go back to my daily grind
Inner peace is gone
Where did it go?

Inner peace is as elusive
As a rainbow on a sunny day
What do I do?
I am at my wit’s end

Then the Lord spoke to me
My child, inner peace comes
When you stop and talk to Me awhile
I’m the only One who can give you,

INNER PEACE!

A Silent Plea of the Unborn Child

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Dear Momma,

I want you to know that I will always love you. I long to feel the warmth of your arms should you decide to give birth to me. Right now, my heart is aching, knowing that you are thinking of killing me.

I do not know your reasons for considering this plan of action. You might be frightened because of what other people might say, or do to you. The sheer impossibility of raising a child when you are barely out of your teens might seem overwhelming. You think that you can’t handle the responsibility of being an unwed mother, or you simply can not have another mouth to feed. You are ashamed because you think that you are too old to have a baby.

Whatever your reasons for planning to abort me, please reconsider your decision. God has a special mission for me to make the world a better place to live in. If you send me back to heaven before I fulfill my special purpose on earth, no one can take my place. The chance to improve mankind is gone forever. In my own little way, I can contribute to the betterment of humanity. Please let me live! I want so much to be with you.

In the event that this plea comes a little too late, do not despair. God will forgive you, if only you will sincerely repent and ask forgiveness of this sin. I want you here with me in heaven, Momma. If I can’t be with you on earth, at least, meet me in heaven when your time comes.

There’s one more thing I want you to promise me. In despair, do not attempt to harm or kill yourself. If you do so, it will be impossible for you to get to heaven. I want you here, with me. While on earth, look for ways to atone for aborting me. Speak out for the unborn child, in my behalf.

Remember that I love you, always. Despite the dark and stormy clouds, the sun will always shine. Take care, my dear Momma. God be with you!

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Lovingly yours,

Your unborn child