Learning, From the Bright and the Gloomy

Do things happen for a reason?

Of course!

Cars sometimes get totalled in collisions because of the force of impact. Leaves from trees fall because they dry up. Houses get destroyed in a storm because of the sheer force of nature. Skin ages because of oxidation. One feels hungry because of the acids in the stomach. One feels thirsty because of the body’s need for fluids. And all those other things.

OK, I’m kidding. That’s not exactly the point of the question is it?

But I do believe that all things fall to one: learning. Whatever happens to us, be it tragedy or triumph, it’ll always depend on how we look at it. For everything that happens, the culmination would be whatever we get it from it.

If it’s worth a celebration, we can simply be thankful about it, take whatever insights we gain from them, and learn about how we can improve through them. If it’s rather mournful, best idea would be to buck up, keep yourself together, accept that it’s happened, and learn from it. Most of the time, they say, it is for the better.

Tragedy or triumph, there is no point being stuck in the moment. Change is the only thing permanent. If it’s a good thing, be thankful while it lasts. Otherwise, don’t worry about it. It’s not permanent, either.

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I’m Posting every week in 2011!

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

MJ

The Floods, The Climate, The Future

Queensland
Queensland

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

St. Bernard
St. Bernard

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Doesn’t it seem all wrong? And Australia is supposed to be a “dry continent”. Or something like it. The experts are saying that the extreme weather that the world is experiencing today is due to what has been long called, “climate change”. The Earth has become warmer. Due to that there is always water overhead just waiting to pour when the clouds can no longer keep themselves together.

Images of floods and landslides are all around us. Homes destroyed, futures uncertain. Everyone is affected. And neither am I an exception to that. But, thankfully, the situation in our area is not as bad as in the images above. However, just across the street, where houses are along rice fields, some have beds all wet due to too much flood water. (Most of us live in one-storey dwellings.)

Amidst all these, one good thing always comes up. A lot of people are always seemingly willing to help – giving relief wherever needed. Unfortunately, very few think of long-term aid. The very same tragedy has happened in Southern Leyte a few years ago. The place where the landslide occurred was almost, as they say it, “written off the map”. But, apparently, no one bothered to do anything much about it. Now, people, politicians mostly, are bickering, passing around the blame. (Because someone just has to be blamed…)

Last year, it was the earthquakes. Haiti was the most devastated. Millions of dollars was supposed to flow into Haiti to aid in the nation’s recovery. However, after a year, not much has changed. A huge portion of the promised aid has not yet appeared in the country. Only a few people saw the bigger picture last year. And just like in Southern Leyte, no long-term plans has been effected.

On a lighter side, whenever there are floods, I’m always reminded of a song by the Jonas Brothers: Year 3000. (Or should I say Busted? I’ve never heard their original version so I wouldn’t be reminded of them.) In that song, there’s a line that says,

“Not much has changed but they lived underwater”

Is that what the future has in store for us? A world where people lived underwater? I sure do hope we’d have developed gills by that time.

Oh, well not all of us can look that far. To some, the world is gonna end in 2012. There’s even a dreadful radio advertisement from a fast food chain here that speaks of tragic events and ends with, “We only have until 2012.”