February 25, 2009
Living on purpose requires us to find what we love fiercely, give it all we’ve got, and then pass it on, as if it were a torch, to those who follow. When I think of my father, even today, I remember his thoughts that when a person dies, he or she has the opportunity to bequeath a legacy of love. When I became a teacher. I felt the fire my father had sparked in me reignite as if blown by a gentle wind . "If children are to keep alive their inborn sense of wonder, they need the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, discovering with them the joy, the excitement and mystery of the world we live in. Every haiku has to have a gasp where God can enter. Every life, I think, has to have a gasp where God can enter. And every such gasp is a finger pointing at what you‚ve spent your whole life loving.
My mind is colored with reminders not to get tired because I grow stronger in the act of loving something. It sustains me. It generates energy. If I am depleted or feel as if I’ve failed, ultimately it is because I have not been living in service to what I love.
Music can help people express emotions during different points in their lives. "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban and "Your still you " are two songs that I would have on the soundtrack of my life because it reminds me of the time I had to have surgery. It helped soothe my nerves.These two songs represent different times in my life. They hold a meaning for me and help me express what I am feeling when I cannot put those feelings into words. They are a manifestation of those feelings.
With music , I can create the kind of world in which I wish to live.
OUR SWEETEST SONGS ARE THOSE THAT TELL OF SADDEST THOUGHT !
"Unless your heart, your soul, and your whole being are behind every decision you make, the words from your mouth will be empty, and each action will be meaningless. Truth and confidence are the roots of happiness."
"Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart and mountains will move out of your way."
"If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought and could be."
February 24, 2009
I often see this picture in our University.A very touching painting of the last supper titled Hapag ng Pag-asa with dirty street children of poverty .These are children of poverty in the Philippines exposed to the harsh and difficult dehumanizing subsistence has managed somehow to show their good nature and innocence.Each figure depicted in this mural comes alive... for they are based on real life street kids whose livelihoods are depicted in the mural.One of them is a girl who belongs to a family squatting at the North Cemetery. One boy is a push-cart scavenger who has a father addicted to drugs. Another boy has been in and out of jail for petty theft.It inspired a lot of students. I hope it touches your lives as well.
I'm sure sometimes God wants to be asked, "Is there anything I can do for You?"