It is 3 a.m. in the Philippines as I write this, three hours after midnight. 🙂
And what better way to start the year than greet you all a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!!
To be honest, I just woke up. ha ha. Obviously, I slept through the loud noise of our neighbors who welcomed the new year last night with a blast (blowing of car horns, etc.)
And since I cannot go back to sleep yet, I thought I’d write my first blog for 2018. Hopefully, this signifies more articles here this year.
The year 2017 has been good to me and my family. The most significant thing was that my mom had a stroke and half of her body was paralyzed while I was in the U.S. last fall. But with therapy and lots of prayers, from family and friends, she has recovered fully. YES, FULLY! 🙂 Miracles do happen…. Thank God!
If there is one thing I realized, it is the fact that life is so fleeting. Things change in a second. So let me share with you what I wrote a few days ago.
My Crazy Thoughts
3:07 a.m. 12/29/17
Davao City, Philippines
Life is so short.
So love your parents. Love your family. Despite and inspite of. Be kind to others, even if it kills you. Help if you can. Say no if you can’t. Yes, it is okay to say no.
Shut up when you can’t say good things. Be honest. Be responsible. Complain if you must , but be nice about it. Don’t lose your composure. Be classy.
Be true to yourself. Follow your dreams. Don’t give up. Quitters always lose. Get out of a bad relationship, no excuses. Love yourself. Don’t be afraid to cry when the goings get rough. Stop the hate. Forgive. And try to forget. Yeah, easier said than done but well…. it’s a test of will.
Stand for what you believe in. And say something. If you can’t be part of the solution, then you are part of the problem. Don’t spend what you cannot afford. Save. Save. Save. And don’t count the chicken before the eggs hatch.
Invest. In your future. In relationships and people. Believe in yourself and what you can do. And please don’t be lazy. Work hard. Respect yourself. And don’t live for dole outs. People work for what they have. So why won’t you? Why don’t you?
Travel. Enjoy nature. Run barefooted on the beach. Walk the trails. Throw a snowball. Pick up clams. Or pine cones. Smell the flowers. Sing to and/or with the birds. Dance with a love one. Watch the sunset together. Road trip together. Take a deep breath. Listen to the wind. To the sound of the falling leaves. Climb a mountain. Picnic in a lake. Try fishing. It is fun. 🙂 Write a song. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Life is so short. So love your life. Spend it only with the people and the things that matter to you. Stop wasting time.
Start and end the day right. Say thank you to God. Say I love you, to your “John”.
Here’s to a better version of ourselves in 2018… Cheers. 🥂🍾🍷
MY HAPPY MEMORIES IN 2017:
With My Sister. I wish our youngest sister is with us. But she’s out of the country and hasn’t been able to come home this year.
With Friends for Life.
MY TRAVELS: (Click on the photo for a larger copy. Thank you. )
For all of these, thank you Lord. It has been a beautiful and blessed year.
Praying for a blissful and more blessed 2018 for all of us!
Thank you everyone for making me a part of your life!
HAPPY NEW YEAR……… 🙂