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Month: July, 2012

A Birthday Gift

I thank God for giving my sister this day. Today she turns 16 and I want to take this opportunity to share with you a poem she made about faith. This may or may not touch you, but I know she wanted this to be shared with the most people possible. This is my present to her. (You may greet her a happy birthday, too!)

In and out:

Mixing in and standing out

In a world of standards, norms

To and fro:

Running, walking here and there

In a world of bumps and turns

Fore and aft:

Coming first and coming last

In a world of grades and ranks

On and off:

Pausing, later going on

In a world of stresses, strains

Up and down:

Flying, falling then and now

In a world of wins and fails

Amidst these,

Pray first before you frazzle-

There is Someone to help you

Just go on,

Someday you will see the worth

I know there’s life there after!

Some Secrets to Share

For me, one of the perks rainy days bring is having that time to think about things that have not crossed my mind lately.

Just like this moment. Sitting by the window, embracing the refreshing breeze the rain has just brought, certain thoughts caught my attention. Things like the nearing birthdays of my father and my sister, academic stuff that urgently need my attention, and yes, this blog. I realized I have not posted something for a while now and so I am taking this opportunity to add some lines to my online journal.

As I write this, I hear in my background George Harrison singing, Listen, do you want to know a secret? Do you promise not to tell? (You can go on with the singing, haha!). It tickled my mind and got me into thinking how fascinating secrets are.

Secrets are things that should not be revealed to others, the WordWeb says. But we know for a fact, some of them are brought out and exposed, intentionally or not. I, myself, have kept some and told some. You, too, have secrets and perhaps, would like to know others’.

You may want to know the secret ingredient used to your friend’s mom’s pasta. Or your classmate’s easy technique to memorize the parts of a cell. Or your roommate’s most embarrassing moment. Or your sister’s grade point average. Or some other things that can be answered by one word: Secret.

While some are still untold, here is a list of secrets I find worth knowing, and sharing:

  • The New Secrets of Style. (Girls, this bullet is especially dedicated to you :>) From the editors of InStyle comes a manual of instructions about women fashion. Do you want to know how to dress appropriately in terms of fit, fabric and proportion? Are you in search for tips on how to shop or tailor your garments? Is “googling” not enough to learn ways on how to maintain your wardrobe in good quality? This is the ultimate guidebook to these fashion queries. Have this on hand or visit their website to acquire that skill of dressing smartly—everyday.
  • The Secret World of Arrietty. If you have watched and have fallen in love with Spirited Away or Howl’s Moving Castle, this film is an absolute delight to your eyes. It is a feel-good movie about a secret world of little people. The journey of Arrietty, the main character, is a splendid story of perseverance, friendship and love. The film, being bright and cheerful, is a celebration of purity and innocence and is a sure way to leave a sweet smile on your face.
  • The Secret in Fighting Depression. I know being depressed entails a lot of cost: the cost of being lonely, of not having done some things accordingly because you are troubled, of being agitated and weary. I mean, depression is a big deal, particularly to girls (as one study shows). So, as an advice, here is a must-read article for those who are troubled and dismayed by various matters and whatnot in life. Apart from the blogger’s take on this topic, he has posted other more reads about vital subjects—well-written and thoroughly explained—that will guide you in living this life with a purpose.

With these secrets that I’m grateful I was able to share, I now turn my attention to other more thoughts while listening to the rest of my playlist. Have a great day ahead!

Why I Mind Blogging

My name is Jack McCall. If you could hear me, what you’re listening to is not the sound of my voice- it’s the sound of my inner voice, the one inside my head. I’d like talk to you but I can’t, because if I say just one more sentence out loud, I’ll die.

These were the first lines of the movie A Thousand Words starring comedian Eddie Murphy. His character was a literary agent who was fond of talking swiftly, very swiftly (I was even forced to use subtitles so I could follow what he was saying). When the time came he used his gift of gab to pursue selfish interests, some magical tree appeared at his backyard with leaves falling each time he is speaking a word. The rule here was simple: One word, one leaf; if there is no more leaf left to fall, the tree dies, and he dies as well.

Did he suffer consequences from the words he uttered? Yes, he did. Did he die? It is for you to find out; but this I must say: his last words were the shortest, yet the most significant ones. It is ironic how in silence and in the least amount of words he was able to express his sincerest feelings. It sounds cheesy, but it is true.

That was the film. In reality, there is no such thing as a magical tree. There is no quota for the number of words we could say. We could tell a thousand truths, slip out a couple of lies, talk all day and be silent for some time. But at the end of the day, no matter what we say, even if no leaf fell because of our words, we must ask ourselves: have I said something useful, something worth listening to, or have I just flaunted non-sense, excessive thoughts?

I remembered how my father stressed out to me the futility of anything in excess- may it be food, money, or words. He said I should remove unnecessary words from my chats because I look like a rumormonger when I talk too much. I remembered how my high school English teacher taught me word economy in writing. She said the shorter, the better. I remembered how Bro. Eli Soriano, my much-loved evangelist, uses only 140 characters (at most) in tweeting godly advices and wisdom to his followers (You can follow him on twitter at @BroEliSoriano). He said it is biblical to lessen your words.

Then, it hit me— it is possible to express, to move and to inspire people even just by dropping some lines. I could tell my stories, share people’s valuable insights, and cite helpful tips and advices through posts that will not exhaust your eyes, hence, the inception of this blog. Let my online journal be useful to your daily musings and let this be the start!

Cheers and love,