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.

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

Girl Faces a New Year With Optimistic Outlook

Just woke up, it’s a brand-new year
So many things that I wanna say
It’s been a while since I’ve felt this way
Everything’s OK, nothing feels broken

First day in a brand-new year
What will it be like, will it all go down?
Everyday I’m gonna write this down
Right here in my diary

And all this time, while the world passes us by
What will we leave behind, but the pages of our lives?
And if we take our time, I bet we can all find
The things in life worth living for

One thing I know is that when life’s moving slow
I’m not out here on my own, I’ve got You (to get me through this)
I’m on a long journey through mountains of apathy
And I’m not afraid to walk through

Everywhere I look it’s not that different
Another year but it makes no difference
Will we still be going through the same old issues?
Everything’s ok, nothing feels broken

With the days of the old behind me
Another summer and I feel like climbing
Write another page while the sun’s still shining
Right here in my diary

And all this time, while the world passes us by
What will we leave behind, but the pages of our lives?
And if we take our time, I bet we can all find
The things in life worth living for

One thing I know is that when life’s moving slow
I’m not our here on my own, I’ve got You (to get me through this)
I’m on a long journey through mountains of apathy
And I’m not afraid to walk through

Fading, hating, waiting for some place where I can fit in
Show me, grow me, hold me, till my balance starts to set in
Fading, hating, waiting for some place where I can fit in
Show me, grow me, hold me, till my balance starts to set in

All this time, while the world passes us by
What will we leave behind, but the pages of our lives?
And if we take our time, I bet we can all find
The things in life worth living for

One thing I know is that when life’s moving slow
I’m not out here on my own, I’ve got You (to get me through this)
I’m on a long journey through mountains of apathy
And I’m not afraid to walk through

(These are words from FM Static‘s Boy Moves to a New Town With Optimistic Outlook from their album Dear Diary. You’d have noticed that if you listen to them. OK, I modified it a bit.)

Farewell 2010

December 31, 2010.

The last day of the year.

As unbelievable as it may seem, such is the case. And all we can do is live it as best we could.

I would have said, “it seems only yesterday”, but it sounds as if that statement has gone through a lot already and is rather full of scratches and burns and I don’t wanna add to that.

But as is the case, it seems to me that this year, 2010, went by quickly but, definitely, not without a trace. In fact, too much have happened that the list will be too long if I did try to make one – a list which would most certainly include the massive oil spill at the Gulf, the hostage taking at the Quirino Grandstand, and, on a lighter side, the election of the first bachelor president of the Republic of the Philippines, Noynoy Aquino.

All of these events combined to make 2010 rather colorful. And, if I may say so, worth remembering. But as I’ve said, it is the last day of the year. And tonight, at midnight, two things are gonna happen at once: the closing of one colorful year and the opening of a new one.

So, let’s all bid 2010 a joyous farewell and welcome 2011 with an optimistic outlook!

(By the way, I can only hope that when 2011 comes, all of us still have the same physical structure – to mean, no lost fingers and such.)

Questioning Christmas

Why do you keep Christmas?

If you are one of those people who celebrate Christmas for what it is supposed to be celebrated for, then you’d say that you are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ into this world. But that in itself is questionable enough. We’ll get to that later.

First, we need to set a very important premise: you believe in the Holy Bible. That would be a given if you are celebrating it for the birth of Christ.

If, indeed, you believe in the Bible, doesn’t that mean that you are supposed to follow it and live according to it? However, nowhere in the Bible can we find any instruction telling us to celebrate the birth of Christ.

And, maybe, it is for good reason.

If I have read and understood correctly, God sent his only begotten Son into the earth to save mankind. Which, inevitably, means that Jesus Christ had to come, had to be born, to the earth because man can longer be saved without the Saviour.

Now, if you look more closely, if you are celebrating Christmas for the birth of Christ, then you are inadvertently celebrating the sins and sinfulness of man.

Think about it.