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November 15th, 2010

The Path We Have Taken

Originally published on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008.

From the book, The Gifts of Life and Love by Ben Zion Bokser.

The Path We Have Taken

An innate conservatism often holds us back from embarking on new adventures. Sometimes this is a brake on progress. Yet in its own way it makes a contribution to our happiness.

The world is rich in endless possibilities. Each is a path that might be pursued, that would offer many fulfillment to one who will embark on it. But if we followed the call of every possibility, we would be forever on the go. We would dissipate our strength by trying the impossible, to go in many directions at the same time, or to continue shifting from direction to direction.

Life demands that we concentrate on a given path, that we pursue it till we reach its final end. We cannot know what a given path has to offer unless we pursue it for some time, resisting the call to embark on new adventures as a diversion from the task before us.

There are times when the path we have chosen has disclosed its defects, and it becomes necessary to leave it in favor of a new path. Then it is time to abandon the promptings of a conservative disposition with its call to caution. But it is good that human nature tends to surround what we have with an aura of love, and to defend it against the disrupting pressures of a changing world.

Life is full of possibilities. Often, we face the dilemma to choose which direction to take and to be happy and content with the choices we have made. If we could only split ourselves, live different realities at the same time and could somehow go back where we have started, it would be easier and life would be a life without regret. But to live life, we are only given a one-way ticket, one chance. There is no going back and time is forever lost.

In the road of life, a light illuminates but only a part of the way. With religion, tradition, custom of society or laws of the land, or with whatever that tells us what is right and what direction to follow, the course will still be walked with uncertain steps. For all this is only a partial light and it does not clearly indicate what path that must be taken. It is for this reason that every choices made based on certain facts and circumstances are fallible and short-sighted. Thus, our mind must be open to new knowledge and wisdom which time will hopefully bring. In light of the new knowledge and wisdom, we must continually, carefully review and reassess the choices we have made.

However, our innate conservatism prevents us from taking new direction even when the path we have taken is in its dead-end or deviates from our life’s goals, happiness or betterment of living. This conservative disposition calls upon caution as its main reason. It also asserts fondness towards familiarity and resistance to the pressure of change. But sometimes, it is a mask of fear – fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of another possibility of dead-end and failure.

But whatever is behind our conservative disposition, do not lose sight of the goal. With faculties intact, knowledge, wisdom and a dose of courage, it is important to move forward following the direction of our life’s goals and to be not held at a stand still, for in the road of life, we move backwards by standing still in this fast moving world.

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October 24th, 2010

Love Quotes

Originally posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2007.

When life becomes hard and void of bright promises, we need inspiring quotations from brilliant minds to enlighten and push us to move forward. Here are some words that can brighten the world around us and send us motivated, more determined and feeling victorious again.

Life is an echo, it gives you back everything you say or do. Life is a reflection of your actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. – unknown

Sometimes we must be hurt in order to grow, fail in order to know, lose in order to gain, and sometimes we have to be broken so we can be whole again. – unknown

The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved,
loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
– unknown

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.’ – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

July 8th, 2009

A Really Blog-worthy Forwarded Chain Email

I received this forwarded chain email from my sister. I really don’t like forwarded emails. But once in a while, some of them that comes along are really nice, so appreciated and so forward-worthy.

There comes a point in your life when you realize:
Who matters,
Who never did,
Who won’t anymore…
And who always will.

So, don’t worry about people from your past. There’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future.

Concentrate on this sentence, ‘To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.‘ When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.

Concentrate on this sentence… ‘The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.‘ Something good will happen to you today; something that you have been waiting to hear.

I would like to give the author proper credit. Unfortunately, the name didn’t come along with this.

Supposedly I should forward this to 5 people. I’ve already done that. And I thought I’d extend it to this blog.

Do you forward emails?

June 25th, 2009

Stranger than Fiction, Reality and TV

Is your life a tragedy or a comedy?

What sort will your life be if it is a TV show or a movie? sitcom-like comedy, a dramatic TV series, tragic soap opera, suspense thriller, sci-fi/fantasy, horror?

My life is so blessed to be a tragedy! (Not that I’m complaining.) So far, it’s definitely a happy comedy.

I don’t think we have that kind of interesting extra-ordinary lives that anybody would consider watching on TV. But should we be on TV, considering my passive non-confrontational sensitive personality, my struggles with my hyperactive almost-3-years-old toddler, and a fishing loving hubby, who has one-of-a-kind personality and a very interesting job. Our lives as a TV show will probably have a lot of ordinaryness and a few moments of comedy more than anything else.

These question are inspired by the movie ‘Stranger than Fiction’ and reality TV show ‘Jon&Kate plus 8’.

Movie, Stranger than Fiction

Movie, Stranger than Fiction

In the movie ‘Stranger than Fiction‘, Will Ferrel plays Harold Crick, a lonely IRS agent who lives his life so systematically. His life took a turn when suddenly he started hearing a woman’s voice narrating his life. He sought the help of Jules Hilbert played by Dustin Hoffman, who asked the question about his life, whether his life is a tragedy or a comedy. Since that question, he made a tally about events in his life to evaluate if his life is – comedy or tragedy.

It is actually a good movie. It’s NOT a laugh-out-loud comedy, but it was made better by the love story between this IRS agent and a baker who wouldn’t pay taxes. What a funny combination! And of course there’s the successful novelist who had writer’s block narrating Crick’s life and struggling how to kill Crick’s character in her novel. The movie has a great concept and it’s very well written.

About ‘Jon&Kate Plus 8‘, well what can I say. Their lives including the 8 kids’ are all over the news. Obviously, they have interesting life having 8 kids total to have a reality TV show. I guess their show has turned dramatic to possibly tragic. I do not actually follow this show. I don’t watch reality TV shows (except for American Idol only because I consider AI a singing talent show more than a reality TV show). But with the very few glimpse I had of Jon&Kate from their show while channel surfing, there’s always Kate whining and Jon casting a big sigh, surrounded by 8 busy kids. Did I ever suspect then that they are going to divorce? I had no clue!

May 11th, 2009

Star Trek Revelation

I like watching trailers. For most movies, the 5-minute trailer is better than the actual movie, but not for Star Trek! This movie is a 2-hour long trailer! It’s so action packed that it’s like watching a really great movie trailer for 2 hours, that you don’t wanna blink and miss a thing. So captivating, funny, great cast, great acting and awesome special effects!

You don’t have to be a Star Trek fan to follow the story. The story line of this movie followed a different direction. I’m sure that even a non-Star Trek fan will like it for its special effects and the great acting! However, I do think you have to have a little bit of background to the Star Trek original Series characters like Kirk, Spock, Uhura, etc. so that you will be able to pick up some of the funny lines. But since the movie went a different direction, it created a little bit of confusion. However, it didn’t take away from the entertainment factor of the movie.

Great casts! Each and every cast did great – even those known for romantic or comedy movies like Cris Pine (The Princess Diaries 2), John Cho (Harold and Kumar), Simon Pegg (Shawn of the Dead), etc.! The cast who is most surprising is Eric Bana, who played the villain. You won’t get a hint of Prince Hector (Troy) or Henry VIII (The Other Boleyn Girl) in his character in Star Trek.

Hubby and I enjoyed this movie very much. And we do have more than average knowledge of Star Trek. Hubby introduced me to the world of Star Trek. To this date, the only missing Star Trek episodes and movies in our collection is the Star Trek Deep Space Nine episodes, only because we couldn’t find it anywhere.

I can’t wait to watch the movie again. I hope it comes out on bluray soon! Right now, I’m thinking of watching the Star Trek episodes again – The Next Generation, Voyager, Enterprise, even the Original Series.

Thanks to Lori and her family, for babysitting Matthew.

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