Sometimes, we are in a hurry. And in the course, we make mistakes.
Yes, we can race with time and run (or drive) faster than we used to just to catch up. Yes, sometimes, we can be there and beat the deadline. But sometimes the problem is we forget some other aspects.
I drove from home to work to catch an interview. I made it. But in the rush, I inadvertently turned the park lights on. I learned about it hours later. So, car battery went drained. What a waste. I’m glad the car electrician was on call. To the rescue he takes the battery to his shop. After an hour, I get it back. He gets some bucks in return.
That’s the cost. That’s the Pxxx.xx mistake. I hated the incident. I promised to learn from this.
Lesson: try not to be in a rush situation so the case will not be repeated. In case it is inevitable/ unavoidable try to be more watchful. After the rush, review, go back to the way and check.
Lastly, maybe take out MSG or ‘instant seasoning from Lunch or dinner.
But really, we cant blame substances all the time.
Congrats Rose Fostanes, a caregiver based in Tel Aviv who is “originally” from the Philippines. She is now popular in Israel after winning the X-Factor Israel reality television singing contest. Such a raw talent Rose have. She admitted having “small” self-confidence. But really raw talent comes out.
I admire her humility and courage. She must be a very hard working person. Most Filipinos abroad do not have Rose’s singing powers. What they have is love for family, perseverance, and unwavering human spirit.
I think that’s the inspiring part – Rose somehow represents all hard working, simple, loving family member anywhere they are in the world.
I also remember a relative in her voice. She talks like an aunt who passed away in a bus accident back in 1995 in Cagayan de Oro. Iya-an was strict, ambitious, and vocal. But she was also kind, hard working, and family-centered.
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
― Truman Capote
To all those whom I failed in 2013, sorry is not enough; but sorry just the same. You all deserved something better. I will not make any promise, I just decided not to give up; I will keep on trying. I’m not only hoping that 2014 will dish out better things for me and all of us; I also hope that I will be better in learning from mistakes, in making the best out of what is available; that I will be better in admitting my mistakes and omissions; that I will be quick in owning weakness and seeking help; and that what little good things I’ve done so far will grow even more. Mea culpa. The buck ends with me. No one else is responsible for my mistakes and omissions. I pray and seek others to pray for me and for all of us; our humility will not be enough; that God will not only send his wisdom, blessings, reparation and provisions. I hope God will also send his strength and zeal.
Advance Happy New Year; another year to learn, make mistakes, and to grow is ahead of us.
- Come to the race to compete only with yourself.
- Expect to be laughed at; laugh with them, it’s another exercise.
- Stretch your body before running and your limits, too; but do not be suicidal
- Prepare for the race and your needs after it, including one more item at the drug store: muscle pain ointment.
- Listen to encouragements from friends, ignore negative remarks from ‘friends’
- Use water and food to keep you going, not to slow you down
- If you can’t run faster, go slow, or walk; but don’t stop.
- Dress light and feel light.
- Smile, don’t talk, to an acquaintance while running to save breath
- Thank God, family, friends before and after running, it counts to be grateful of the gift of the human life.
- Run even if there is no race or competition; if you feel good about stepping on the finish line; be aware that the best is yet to come.
- Help keep our community peaceful and free so we still have fields, trails, and streets where we can still run.
I made it!
I got these points printed in my mind from the starting line of the 4.2 km. Panahik night run on January 22 up to dinner tonight.
Finally, I was able to write it down.
I’m sure there will be more I can remember later on.
To those who have other thoughts to add, please key it in as a comment. (or make your own list.)
We don’t know, maybe in the future we can write a book about the gift of running in the free streets of our communities!
I couldn’t help but be depressed listening to stories of conflict that continue to afflict our people. The images and sounds are chilling.
Sometimes I shut my senses out in order to avoid the hassle. But, normally that isn’t possible.
Maybe its the same surge of terror that pushed me to post this piece even if I had been plagued with a mysterious strain of “blog silence”. Mute, but not muted. Read More…
I fully anticipate this homecoming. But as in any exodus, the past two days and the next two days would be busiest.
I have to do packing, unpacking, throwing, storing and all other things any transient could go through.
The biggest part is adjusting, or in this case, readjusting to another work set up and environment. I look forward to major changes on many aspects.
Moving from Bukidnon to Davao and back looks easy with the five hour trip in an air-conditioned bus. But its not just the travel. It’s the whole idea of moving out-moving in.
I really hope it will go smoothly. I wish.