I woke up unusually early today. For crying out loud, it’s a Sunday, and obviously yesterday was a Saturday when most (if not all) – corporate people like me are finding time to slow down by spending time with family and friends, going out of town, catching up some series on Netflix, visiting art galleries, shopping. reading books. painting etc.
One second, I am not here today to tell you guys that I woke up unusually early today after falling asleep while watching a series on Netflix last night, leaving my TV – on till the following morning, which is today, and this was me – 30 minutes ago, after getting off my bed, (which by the way is part of my daily routine in the morning)
- Tuning off my alarm clock at 5AM
- Snoozing it at 5:30AM
- Turning off the snooze
- Praying…okay…I am guilty (it does not happen everyday, but I am trying to be better at it) so I play my favorite worship songs while I prep up for the day. It makes me feel I am talking to God as He listens and understands what my heart is trying to let Him know. While in my head, I silently tell Him, Oh dear God, where are You? Please listen to what my heart is trying to tell You.”
- Read the news (worship song still plays at the background) or in such cases…
- Watch the news (then I need to turn off my favorite worship song) because I need to watch Obama’s Farewell Speech…No! I mean, Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech I mean.
- Grab a cup of coffee…but today, it’s about a lovely cup tea!
Okay, I am not here to talk about my daily routine either….
Well, today, I am very excited to finally share with you all, one of my favorite books of Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously…I Am Kidding. If my mind does not fail me, I have finished reading this book November last year, but failed to write, and share with you all about my thoughts about it, because I was busy at work. Okay, okay, I know you will say, it’s all about PRIORITIES. No one is too busy if one starts prioritizing, but I bet you will agree with me when I say, I was occupied building an empire, well, I still am…alright, PRIORITIES.
Anyway, I am very happy to share with you all the very first book, which I have finished this 2017. I have been tagging this book almost every where I go that I get to have a click of it, and share it on my Twitter, especially when I am stuck in traffic. See?
What I am about to share with you are some of the bits and pieces, and antics that is originally Ellen DeGeneres together with the life lessons that I found from each chapter as Ellen gracefully ended each with a wit. I actually have a lot to pick, but I will try to squeeze them the best I can in order not to bore you. My hope is that as I share with you all the things that I have learned from this book through words, you will also find time to realize that each and everyone of us is blessed with a funny bone, and that no matter what life is throwing at you right now, it’s not a bad idea to smile everyday when you wake up – in case of this book – laugh.
- I let my mind wander through some of the biggest moments in my life and then I realized what I needed to do.
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is only skin deep. Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
- I believed that true beauty is not related to what color of your hair is or what color of your eyes are. True beauty is about who you are as human being, your principles, your moral compass.
- Our age is something we have absolutely no control over, it’s just a fact of who we are. I enjoy growing older and wiser and learning from my mistakes every single day. I’m happy for example, that I no longer eat paste, like I did when I was twenty-four. And I’m happy that in a few years I’ll be able to get a half-price tickets to movies and museums. Considering how often I go to movies and museums, I could serve upward of thirty dollars a year.
- I know it seems easy and breezy for me to say, but trust me – it’s okay to be you.
- We have to take care of ourselves as we age and that includes getting procedures done that are invasive, uncomfortable, and at times what many would refer to as “third date territory.” One of those procedures is a colonoscopy.
THE SECRET OF LIFE
- …don’t look back and don’t spend too much time worrying about the future. Stay in the present. There are few ways to do that. Stop and smell the roses. Wake up and smell the coffee. Enjoy the sweet smell of success. I guess just keep taking a big whiffs of stuff because it seems like the more we smell, the happier we are going to be. You know what I mean.
- But we should be grateful for them because without our family – the ancestors we descend from, the cousin we see once a year, the loves of our lives we see every day – life us pretty boring. You don’t have to believe me, but you should. I’m royalty.
WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?
- We all spend so much time comparing ourselves to each other. Everyone is running around trying to keep up with the Joneses. Who are the Joneses anyway? Why are we trying to keep up with up them? I’m sure they’re not perfect. We don’t need to keep up with them. It’s hard enough to keep up with the Kardashians.
- And who’s to say what’ better or worse anyway? Who’s to even say what’s normal or average? We’re all different people and we’re allowed to be different from one another. If someones ever says you’re weird, say thank you. And then curtsy. No, don’t curtsy. That might be too weird. Bow. And tip your imaginary hat. That’ll show them all.
AMERICAN IDOL, OR “IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY. DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL”
- And I know there’s such thing as constructive criticism, but to that’s still criticism. It’s just criticism with a jaunty hat.
- It’s the same with every career and life decision. You just have to keep driving down the road. It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going.
- What I’ve realized is that people don’t care about common courtesy anymore.
- How many times have you held a door open for someone who walks right through it without saying thank you? How many times have you let someone into your lane of traffic without receiving the courtesy wave?
- And not only are people rude, they have no boundaries anymore.
- Unfortunately, I get labeled a lot.
- The problem with labels is that they lead to stereotypes and stereotypes lead to generalizations and generalizations lead to assumptions and assumptions lead back to stereotypes.
I AM NOT LAZY
- Humans aren’t suppose to be lazy.
- Let’s all challenge ourselves today to get up and move a little more.
Taking advantage of the weekend before my coming week goes really crazy. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job, but I bet you guys would agree with me that when you are passionate about what you do, it makes you forget about your phone, and that means no Social Media except when you need to pick it up for corporate reasons, which by the way is – so me at work.
I welcomed the first day of the year with a very bad cold, the next day, was swiftly knocked down. My head split in two, I think, “That’s what you get for letting your guard down”. It was raining badly during the fireworks display and I was among the very few crazy people left welcoming 2017, dancing under the rain. I thought at the time, it was an awesome experience, I mean, dancing under the rain with a beautiful fireworks display gleaming in midnight sky, I said, “Why not?” It was fun. I don’t regret it. The idea was inspired by Christopher Poindexter’s poem, “She Was the Rain”, and I was thinking of it the whole time. It’s beautiful though this cold gives me a lot of mood swings. Brrr…
Now here I am officially sick for almost a week now, enjoying a fresh cup of honey lemon tea by Steuarts seasoned with fresh honey. Yes, I made the bees all the way from San Pablo City a little busy. Makes me miss home. Hmmm…
Oh, by the way, don’t be fooled by the book. The prep isn’t Martha’s, it’s from my dear friend Kapil.
One suggestion though, for those aspiring entrepreneurs out there, this book is perfect. Maratha Inc. by Christopher Byron, you should check it. You should also try Steuart’s Tea, it’s affordable, and it’s lovely!
Happy Sunday everyone.
When the world reminds you that today is going to be a beautiful day, and this is just the beginning.⛅️
A National Geographic moment. Feeling like a combination of Paul Nicklen and Keith Ladzinski, and because pleated is the “in” thing. Nywak! Nywak!😝 – Batangas City, Philippines
2016 went down as my tumultuous, bipolar year of some sorts: with the highest of highs and lowest of lows. It was probably the kind of year Charles Dickens’ was thinking of when he wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” because yes, it sure was.
Physical wellness took a nose dive the very first quarter of the year. An omen perhaps of the things to come. That spec of dust, which changed me forever.
Then there was an emotional rollercoaster I jumped on in March.
Friendship is one of the best gifts ever. I could not elaborate more, but slowing down a little in May spent with an angel…”my angel” I should say, was beautiful enough to restore a weary soul. My family, my work, and my Sunrise as usual were my source of pride and joy. My Sunrise, always shining in many, many wonderful ways than one, always leaving me wondering the next things that this life would bring in every moment. They are always the testament of God’s love – a covenant through a rainbow. (Oh yes! I saw one during the last afternoon of 2016 and early morning of 2017! 💙)
So cheers to 2016! The year I probably cried more than any other in my life. Tears of pain, tears of joy (a crazy amount of) tears of pride…you name it! It was the year of hurting and learning. It was my year of transformation and self awareness. I met the new version of myself. And if a beautiful sunrise is a good sign, well 2017, you’ve got me!
And that rollercoaster of a ride? Well it ended with a bang! Cheers to 2016! Bring it on 2017! Sharing with you all a photo of the fireworks, which I have taken the moment the clock stroke 12. Can you see the heart in the sky? ❤
Life only comes around once, so do whatever makes you happy, surround yourself with people who motivates and lifts you up.
Always humbled to be standing beside one of my best bosses ever, my CEO, Mr. Rajeev Agarwal specially during some corporate responsibilities like this, which recognizes talents and dedication of people in our company. Good man and great leader.
One of the many things that I have learned from him is not to wait for a life changing event to ignite my journey. Be ready to jump and find my leverage and forward without fear. Never cease finding what I need to know in order to grow, what books, what skills, what mentors, and what circles I need to move with, and that learning is beautiful and endless. My boss is such an inspiration!
Counting my blessings this Christmas, I hope you started counting yours.
Slowing down after a long day at work with one of my confidants is always a wonderful experience, especially with my dear Jhenna who is full of humor, and no, sorry to disappoint, but we were not talking about boys.😉
Outside there is a war,
In here the night is still.
The jasmine buds have bloomed,
The way the jasmine will.
And i have given birth to a speckle of dust,
To a sparkle of light
To a small hint of life.
Frail as a flower in the morning
Is this tiny work of art
When i see his face before me
This is too much for one heart
Here like a seedling in the garden
Is a world about to start
How i need you here to share it
This is too much for one heart
Yours, half of all of this is yours
And i swear it on the moon
Soon you will see, the best of you and me
In the smile that is shining
On the face of your son
All alone in my arms I hold such beauty
I want time to stop right here
Make perfection last forever
In which i could disappear, disappear.
Yours, half of all of this is yours
And now i feel you coming near
Here, you will see the best of you and me
For life stories combining
In this life we’ve begun
I have been living with such wonder
That my soul could burst apart,
Knowing soon well be together
And its too much for one heart.
Moments like this when sleep is million miles away, while my spirit seems to be in pain, struggling in the silence of the evening.
Currently listening to Too Much for One Heart by Lea Salonga on @AppleMusic. https://itun.es/ph/68bneb?i=1144266761