Friday, March 29, 2013

Growing Together

As of late, some friends have been asking me WHERE I am... HOW I am doing...WHAT I am doing... 

The month of March is marked by several transitions: seasons change from winter to spring; my youngest sister's goes to Europe to seek her future; the child I used to carry graduated and aced to kindergarten; my Saturdates now go to Mass by themselves; and work just keeps on moving to another level...

I asked myself several times if I were doing the same ~ Is there growth on my part? Am I facing the risks of uncertainty? Am I progressing in my inner spiritual battles? 

Am I growing deeper in my relationship with myself? others? God?

After I came back home from helping out in the convention last week,  I crawled on my bed and just slept for, it's not the busyness that keeps me from writing or reading... it's this gnawing ache inside that eats up my attention ... I'm giving myself ALL away... And I feel scared...

A news I received weeks ago regarding  work changed my insights. It was a little quake that shook me...It was the same feeling I had when I decided to switch lifestyle five years ago... The thought of losing a job for lack of support from other countries crushed my heart. We had worked our way to elevating our journal's status... 

Then, God surprised us with several good researches at the end of the month ~ enough to keep our journal going (I thank my dear friend Martha who has been constantly praying with me)...

Most people I know go for 'stability' at work ~ a regular pay and assured salary every month. Even my cousin couldn't think of giving up her position for a higher one...I'd often hear her say, "Let me be..." but when asked, "Are you happy?" That mutes other questions...

I guess, these constant pricks I receive are actually catalysts that hasten my adrenalines to act accordingly to situations (Again, I am grateful to Aaron who shared his ebook with me)...

And know what? With every situation I face, I might 'not always' be prepared but...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

To the End & Back

The best thing about RE-reading a book is, the 'digging' ~ deepening part,  which comes after I have internalized the message the author wishes to convey and how it relates to my own life.

It felt like I just had a conversation with a good friend after I first read this book by my favorite street photographer, blogger and cancer survivor, Aaron Offord. 

I haven't visited him for a long time since I reposed from the social media sites, but I immediately took the opportunity to 'know' how he was doing after his transplant by reflecting on his book.

I took off my sandals as I entered his sacred space which he graciously shares with everybody.

He is, first of all, my friend. He has inspired me in many ways from the time I met him in 2011 through his blog Aaron Outward,  until now as I journey through his transition to a 'healed' Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor.

It struck me that the book pulsates LIFE. As I read his story, he was 'blessing' me all throughout with his words. 

I highlighted several remarkable quotes in his book:

"The leukemia was just a part of my story, the real story is 
my journey in its entirety." (3)

"The only difference between a cancer diagnosis and any other challenge  in life is 
the topic of mortality." (7)

"Don't wait until a tragedy to make changes in your life... 
make your changes now." (12)

I chose them because they speak volumes. There are several others you could find in the book.

His life was filled with the 4 P's of Positivity (on p.28-):


His question reverberated my thoughts, "What is the purpose of my life?" (p.34) What am  I here for? 

I was bewildered at that part where Aaron wrote, "Who says we can't joke about cancer?" (p.7) I remembered an old acquaintance whom I met in the office. We didn't know how else to approach him when he was diagnosed of prostatic cancer. He warded off any greetings from us. Aaron threw me off with the perspective of a celebration when his hair was shaved off. 

I was amazed by his reactions ~ they were altogether human, emotionally inclined, and yet I sense that 'strong spirit' that thrives in him. He always had a 'goal' in mind.  Find out how his Mathematics Magic (p.36-37) works.

I acquiesce that 'you can't force anything' (p.34). He referred to momentary blocks that we encounter. I reflected on growth.  His solution: take that proverbial nap. This reminded me so much of Elijah when he fled to Horeb (1 Kings 19:1-5 NIV).

It is very edifying how he is always 'moved' to 'create' and take up 'new' hobbies in between. 

And finally, he led me to be more grateful to LIFE, for all that is.

There are so much more to share and say about this book. It speaks of faith, courage, hope, determination, grace... experiences, life lessons, personal freedom... the rest I leave up to you to add when you read this book.  

And hopefully, we could enrich each other with your own experiences as well. It is a book for everybody.

'To the End & Back' is a gift I'll treasure. 

My reflections did not end when I closed the book...  I opened my windows and breathed the opportunity that awaits me to live a better life.

The book is available at Aaron's blog, Aaron Outward: To the End and Back (ebook)


*Aaron, it is great to be surrounded by 'loving' people. I admire them for being with you all throughout your journey. And I admire you for your openness and that capacity to embrace the challenge that was given you. God bless always!

Blogs:      Aaron Outward
                Aaron Offord Photography Blog
Twitter:   @AaronOutward

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Six Word Memoir

I always look forward to blog hops so I could visit each of the beautiful souls in the community I belong to ~ Blogplicity.

I love the 'Spirit' that flows within it...
and for the inspiration it gave Corinne Rodrigues, I am truly grateful.

I love you Janaki Nagaraj, for the introduction.

Coming in as 'third' in line in the

here's my 

Itinerant...on the road to love.

I gladly pass you now on to the author of The Glade Series 

 my prayer partner and faithful friend Martha Murdy Orlando.