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!

Eternal Life Plan

I am watching the YouTube video of “Revealing Heaven by Kat Kerr.” I don’t know why these days, I feel drawn to reading books about heaven. I have a collection of these books, like “Heaven is For Real,” and “Heaven is so Real.” At one time, I even considered writing a book on heaven and hell, warning people to plan their eternal lives now. However, I realized that there are a lot of books on the topic, so I decided to read them all and write about those that speak to me.

When Kat Kerr mentioned about Eternal Planning, my ears perked up. She says that salvation is free, but the life we live now determines our eternal position. What does she mean by this? She says that many people do many types of planning; vacation, wedding, real estate planning to mention a few. But do we ever take the time to plan the most important one of all…eternal planning? When this is launched, it will never change. We can work towards it until we die, but afterwards, there’s nothing much we do about it.

She suggests: “find out what God’s purpose is for your life and accomplish it. He has a destiny for all of us. We will either rule or reign with Jesus Christ in the new earth, or we will serve others. We will be held accountable for what God called us to do with our lives. We have specific destinies. If we don’t know our specific purpose, we must seek God and He will reveal it to us. God gave us different gifts, talents, and grace to accomplish our purpose. We must make sure that our earthly life counts for the Kingdom of God. Our reward will be to spend eternity, ruling with Jesus Christ. “

She also adds,” love one another and work together. The world will know us for our love of each other.”

What are we waiting for? The clock is ticking. It’s time to start planning for eternal life, if we haven’t done it yet.

Tomorrow is Dragon Boat festival. Get your eggs ready! 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!

 

What’s in a Name?

…Everything!

My friend relates that ever since Jeremy Lin got famous, she never had to spell her name again. When she’s asked how is her name spelled, she’ll reply, “It’s Lin, as in Jeremy Lin.”

For my part, it has not been that rosy. I’m Cha Lim and I did not have any problems before, where my surname was concerned. In the past two months, though, my name was misspelled twice, from “Lim” to “Lin.”

The first time this happened, it was an inconvenience. I had to request for a new document with the proper spelling. The second time a lady called to verify if it was an “M” or an “N?” I told the lady, “It’s L-I-M. M as in mother.” I did not realize that for that lady, “mother” is spelled, “nother.”

I was upset when I first received the letter. Then, I realized that we wrote “M” on the application form, and the lady called to verify. However, her mind was already made up that my name is “LIN,” and not “LIM.”

While I was fuming about this, I suddenly realized that the “Lin” name is very famous because of Jeremy Lin. I can’t argue with that. Jeremy Lin is a great model for the youth. This was the Gospel message of Bishop Su, during the Confirmation ceremony of my sons. Jeremy Lin even wears a bracelet that says, “I pray for God.” For this, I am so glad. Jeremy not only plays well, he can bring the message of salvation to a lot of people around the world.

Let’s go back to the subject of names. The surnames Lim, Lin, and Lam, all have the same Chinese character. However, the Romanized version is pronounced and spelled differently in the various Chinese dialects.  Lim is for Fookien, Lin is for Mandarin, and Lam is for Cantonese. It can be a bit confusing to a lot of people.

Thinking back, I should have used another way of clarifying the confusion. The Taiwanese pronounce ” M” quite differently. The letter “M” is pronounced, “Emo,” which rhymes with, “Elmo,” of Sesame Street fame. If I had used that, then, I would have no problem at all!

16 more days to go until Dragon Boat festival!