I woke up unusually early today.
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, going to the beach, shopping, reading books while listening to favorite music, painting, etc.
I am not here today to tell you guys that I woke up unusually early today…
Well, right now, I am very excited to finally share with you all, one of my favorite books by Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously…I Am Kidding.
If my mind does not fail me, I have finished reading this book November last year. However, I failed to write and share with you all, my thoughts about this wonderful book. I have been tagging it along with me, and get to have a click of it whenever I am stuck in traffic and share it on my Twitter Account, and so far, it has been a great companion.
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 the 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.
- 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 guards 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.
Can you spot the blank space in this photo? I wish we all knew how okay it is that part of each of us, is a blank space. That the world is filled with questions. That there is a force out there greater than us. That we don’t know everything. That we never will, and it’s okay.
The past week’s been very long for me. It’s Sunday, and earlier today, I needed to come to the office to work. Work makes me happy. My erratic schedule keeps my blood warm, and motivated. But today, I have decided to make a change – just basically for fun. I have decided to bring my laptop with me and brought it to one of our new rendezvous, called, Cafe’ Enye, and decided to work from there from 10:30AM till 4PM. T’was fun, aside from the serenity of the place, the panorama made me feel I am not working at all. People watching, visitors of the resto, and passers by always amaze me.
Today, I really wanted to do something different so, after pulling off from work, I have decided to buy a small box of cake, and took a bus ride to Tagaytay City – alone. Road trips are fun, it makes me drain and flush my anxiety, and stress. It refreshes my thoughts, and make me think bigger. The marble cake from Tous de Jours was awesome company by the way.
It was almost sunset when I have reached, so I thought, “Why not click a snap?” I have always been a big fun of sunsets!
I spent most of the time contemplating about work, and personal life, while reading this old book, which I bought from the book sale called, The Elephant, The Tiger and The Cellphone (Reflections on India, The Emerging 21st Century by Sashi Taroor ) while repeatedly played one of my new favorite Indian songs, Yeh Hai Meri Kahani (This Is My Story). Very beautiful song. It’s among the few that touches my soul, and makes me feel alive.
Being alone once in a while is beautiful. It tells me who my real friends are.
I dug so deep in moment of silence that I didn’t notice the time. It was wonderful! In spite of my being friendly, I really do not have any issues being alone. I love having new friends, but as I have said in my previous blog, I am also in the process of knowing the ones for keeps. 🙂
5:45AM, Monday, 2 February 2016, from sunset till sunrise!
I love how the start of each new day brings with it a wave of good intentions, and purpose, and positive belief that this will be the day when I can actually do “this and that”, and achieve “this and that”. I feel like 365 days is too long a time to have just one goal. I much prefer to think of words. And this year I’ve decided that my word would be COMMIT.
Commit to my intentions.
Commit to drinking deep of life.
Commit to seeing a new corner of the world.
Commit to work that I’ve started, and the plans I’ve shelved for ages.
Commit to my family, and waking up an extra early to spend a little more time watching the sun rise from my window.
Commit to becoming a more wonderful, loving, and trustful version of myself.
Commit to exercise (again).
The list is as endless, and the world is vast, and as you can already tell, there’s so much I can do with that word alone. I love how one “word” can change more in my life than an entire sentence. Sometimes, it’s really the smallest things that make all the difference.
…and as much as I would like to stay back, and share my random thoughts, I need to travel back to Manila, for a long day with Sir PK, my Chairman, and my boss.
I’ll see you guys later.
The fact that you are here today means that you’ve conquered every pain, and hardship, and obstacle that littered the pathways of your past.
A giant feat you can repeat over and over again. Let’s not forget our strength in the moments when we feel small. Because in the grandest of schemes, we were always small.
But we are always capable of great things.
On a side note, I am counting the days before I go back to one of my favorite corners of the world where serenity resigns, and dreams will be sweet, for sure. Goodnight everyone!
Love broke my soul, and it’s gonna be love that would make me whole.
I still believe in love.
Somewhere between stressing about the things that don’t matter and stressing about the things that do, I like to schedule a little time to marvel, to ahhhh, to ooooh and to gaze.
I can’t really explain it.
The sky’s changed a thousand times today.
Or was it my feelings?
…and since December means AJ, the Birthday celebration continues.
You see, we had been trying to be adults since we were 15. When we have finally reached 18, nothing changed. It wasn’t until we were lying on the bathroom floor – drunk, and high in two different states that we realized, age is just a number, and reality is learning that there is no such thing as being adult, you only grow older, and if you are lucky, maybe a little wiser.
I believe I did…so – stop telling me to act my age.
Beach…this is the life.
Freedom – finally!