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As Time Goes By ……

“There is no such thing as death.
In nature, nothing dies;
From each sad moment of decay,
some forms of life arise.”
~ Charles Mackay.

“Everything is contained sounds – the past, the present and the future.
The person who does not know how to listen will never hear the advice
that life offers us all the time. And only the person who listens
to the sounds of the moment is able to make the right decisions.”
~ Paulo Coelho.

“Don’t fight a fact, deal with it.
Don’t discard your self, be more of it.”
~ Hugh Prather.

“Everything in the universe has a purpose.
Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows
through everything in a purposeful fashion
is also flowing through you.”
~ Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Under The Charcoal Tree.

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun,
how they move in silence ……

We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
~ Mother Teresa.

“I come to meet You, God,
and as I linger here,
I seem to feel You very near.
A rustling leaf, a rolling slope
speak to my heart of endless hope.
The sun just rising in the sky.
The waking birdlings as they fly,
The grass all wet with morning dew
and telling me I just met You.”

Inspirational Monday.

“I am only one, but still, I am one.
I cannot do everything but I can do something.
And, because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do what I can.”
~ Edward Everett Hale.

“The present is what slip by us
while we’re pondering the past
and worrying about the future.”
~ Ziggy.

Have a great week and a new month !!!

Something Different For A Change.

“We are all captives of the pictures in our heads – our belief that the world we experience is the world that really exist.” ~ Walter Lippmann.

Experts say we have about 60,000 thoughts a day and that 90% of them are the same ones we had yesterday. And that probably explains why I have chosen to post something different for a change today. Before I proceed any further, by the time you read this post, I have started traveling to my holiday destination. Yes, I am taking a break in the next few days.

The past few days, I have been very busy getting things done, packing, planning and thinking. And as I allow my mind to wonder, the same thoughts keep coming back into my mind. I was thinking of the things I did while growing up – movies to be exact. I reckon movies are some of the things we can relate and identify with.

You see, movies have a wonderful temporary effect on me. Sometimes it makes me feel good and pumps up the courage inside me to face the world. Then, there were times, when I have to leave the cinemas teary eyed. Today, I wish to share with you some movies I enjoyed according to each decade. They may not be the best, most popular or award winning films. But, somehow every time I think of these movies, they rekindles some very fond memories while growing up.

The 1950s – “Old Yeller” (A 1957 Walt Disney Production.)

The 1960s – “To Sir, With Love.” (A 1967 British drama.)

The 1970’s – “Saturday Night Fever.” (A 1977 American dance film.)

The 1980’s – Ghostbusters.” (A 1984 American supernatural comedy.)

The 1990’s – “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” (A 1997 American horror mystery.)

The 2000’s – “Serendipity.” (A 2001 romantic comedy.)

The story in “Old Yeller” was about Travis, a boy and a stray dog in post-Civil War, Texas and was based on Fred Gipson’s book; “Old Yeller.” The film was starred by Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It illustrated a beautiful story on how a profound bond grown between Travis and Yeller. a Black Mouth Cur. I remember this film so fondly because after watching this movie with my family, Dad bought this extra big, hard cover book for me.

“To Sir, With Love” dealt with the social and racial issues in an inner city school and was based on the semi-autobiographical novel, “To Sir, With Love” by E.R. Braithwaite. Starring Sidney Poitier as Mark Thackeray. To me, the most inspiring part was by winning Denham (Lulu) over, Thackeray won back the respect of the rest of the class and was invited to a class dance …….. “Those schoolgirls days, of telling tales and biting nails are gone, But in my mind I know they will still live on and on, but how do you thank someone, who has taken you from crayons to perfume? It isn’t easy, but I’ll try …….. I like this movie because I had finished schooling – waiting for my examination results and wondering what course of action should I be taking and how to connect the missing links with my next path in life?

“Saturday Night Fever” directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero. While in the disco, Tony is the king. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to temporarily forget the reality of his life, a dead end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community and his association with a gange of macho friends. Had been working for a few years already and love going to discos. Can you imagine the Tony Manero in me dancing at the discos in town?

Remember Ray Parker, Jr’s hit, “If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? “GHOSTBUSTERS,” starring Bill Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists in New York City, who started a ghost catching business. About the hit, loved it those days.

“I Know What You Did Last Summer” the horror mystery slasher film based loosely off the book by Lois Duncan. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Brandy, Mekhi Phifer and Matthew Settle. Went through a paradigm change during this period. Perhaps, some of the soundtracks here had helped in easing some of the aches inside me, then.

“Serendipity” a 2001 romantic comedy starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. It was written by Marc Klein. Serendipity means a “happy accident” or a “pleasant surprise” specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. Coincidentally, this movie was screened here while I was finding my balance after faltering very badly.

Frankly, I am not film crazy. And, I don’t think I have seen enough films to make a truly great choice here. So please treat this more as a sampler for each decade. The 2010’s is reasonably young, so I am skipping it at this moment. Meanwhile, you will have to excuse me because I will have to keep my eyes on the road until I reach my destination and check into the hotel.

May you have a happy weekend and be blessed !!!

There Is Only One Place To Begin ……

In seeking peace, there is only one place to begin …….. that in our home and heart.

Where there is love, the heart is light.
Where there is love, the day is bright.
Where there is love, there is a song.
To help when things ……..
are going wrong.
And where the home
is filled with love
You’ll always find God spoken of.
And when a family prays together
That family also stays together.

For a moment today, just be. Let go of the stress and let your mind be grateful for a break. Rediscover the natural wonders as you walk past every day …… How can there possibly be that many shades of green? If you are surrounded by buildings, then, just celebrate the creative genius of human beings. Don’t think. Don’t strain. See the hope, the alarm, the love, the grief in the faces that stream by. Close your eyes and try to smell the sunshine at the thought of flowers that will soon follow. Thank someone you would like to thank. And thank whomever you would like to thank for the chance to even be here ……..

Wishing you another great weekend in advance and just be !!!

Just Focus On Being You.

Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching.
~ Satchel Paige.

It is more blessed to give than to receive. Giving is active while receiving is passive and an end to itself. Giving first to others is ultimately one of the best gift we can give to ourselves. It produces, creates and generates. And, for those who give to others, they are setting in motion a cycle of blessings that often includes feelings of joy, satisfaction, happiness, fulfillment and a sense of purpose.

Like some people, in my way of handling life, I often work to control situations. I mean, I tried denying feeling pain when I was hurting inside, exhibiting control by appearing more composed than I really felt and keeping silent to avoid conflict with anyone. You see, by controlling I worked to protect and disallow myself and others the full experience of reality. “Why control?” you may ask. Simply to avoid the stress and anxiety of taking more than we can manage.

Apparently, it isn’t about controlling what we feel. Instead, it should be about feeling what we feel and sharing what we feel. A good thought can possibly change our day. When our interactions are full of vibrancy, people are touched by our vibrations.  Thus, just the joy of being alive and in good company flows through my veins. I can live wholeheartedly and this is happiness to me.

Happiness is an original quality of the soul. It is a treasure and a service itself. Happiness can be smiling and acknowledging the people on our path. To remain happy we have to stay positive. But no matter how big our defense shield is, we are all woundable. Invincibility is for superheroes and even then they have an Achilles heel. No one stay on top at the totem pole forever. Success always lies in the finishing and not the dreaming or the starting.

I reckon there is a need for us to take a firm stand to know how our values matter. Indeed, this could be uneasy and difficult for us to step out of our comfort zone or being emotionally daring. But, don’t you think it will be a great disservice to our integrity to hold back when something deeply matters to us? …… I believe it is far worse to regret not acting on a cherished principle than to do what we know is right in the moment and suffers other’s disapproval.

Wherever you are, if I may suggest, for the rest of this week, try not to count the hours while at work ………. Love like you have never been hurt before. And just focus on living and being you !!!

Happy Friday !!!

Do you know where you’re going to?

“Our dreams are the only things
you and I can truly count on in our lives.
Simply because these dreams were created
within our minds and our hearts.”

Have a Happy Friday !!!

There’s Light At The End Of The Tunnel.

According to some online dictionaries, “Fabulous” (from an old French word “fabuleux”) is defined as extremely pleasing, successful, marvelous, wonderful and last but not least, almost impossible to believe or incredible. Seriously, if I could, I would love to feel vibrant, happy and peaceful all the time. Unfortunately, stuffs bothers us – big stuffs and small stuffs. And, stuff always have a way of tripping us and at times send us reeling uncontrollably.

It will then take us several bounce-ups before we feel a little better or happier. Besides, there are occasions when we felt like we were on cloud nine. Feeling confident, excited and active then feeling like down in the dumps another moment.

I reckon no one wants to feel frustrated, depressed or feeling gloomy. But, when stuffs like relationship, finance, career or even our body is not working out as planned, our emotions follow. So circumstances produce the seeds of joy, sorrow, triumph and pain, right?

You see, where we went wrong wasn’t because we let our circumstances influence our emotional well-being. But allowing them to determine our emotional well-being. Don’t you think we have lots of emotions to choose from? Unfortunately, we often look for happiness, peace and joy in the wrong places.

Wait …….. Why am I writing this?

Can we experience happiness, vibrancy, and peace of mind every day of our lives?

Or, aren’t we already living a reasonably fabulous life, right now?

Perhaps it is discovering more and strengthening our inner core. Just as the inner ear enables us to stay balanced whether we are sitting, bending over, standing and so forth. Be mindful, elephants don’t bite, mosquitoes do. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.  A strong inner core will keep us stable and moving forward when stuffs – big and small, threaten to send us spiraling.

Have a fabulous August !!!