Verset à une Coulée

[Tonight I shall speak in symbols: In such manner of expression there is an utter concealment of one’s] self.











[a deep chronic sense or state of (security) and dissatisfaction arising from] ^


Just Saying

We need gov’t officials na tinutularan yung magagandang sistema ng developed/first-world countries. Magandang ma-implement yung online database na pinasatupad ni Mayor Park Won Soon sa Seoul for transparency’s sake. Dapat magkaroon tayo ng maayos na sistema para masiguradong wala ng lusot ang mga nagbabalak ng graft and corruption. Kahit tanggalin ang pork barrel system, magkakaroon at magkakaroon parin ng corruption hangga’t hindi natin tunay na narerealize na nasa tao ang problema at hindi ang sistema mismo.  

Change right away!

Eto na siguro yung sinasabi sa mga nababasa ko na you get impatient with yourself. Yung gusto mo matured at buo na agad character mo… pero hindi. Hindi mo magawa in a snap because it takes time. Most of the better things taste better in time (exclude perishable goods, of course) pero ‘diba nga yung wine? Hindi ba’t mas masarap ang prutas na hininog naturally ng panahon kaysa sa artificially processed i.e., binabad sa CO2 o kinarburo etc.? With every circumstance we choose not to get knocked down, we get stronger and better every time. We must not let our weaknesses as a person overcome us. <—- That requires real effort.

Mag-bigay tayo ng example. Mula sa pagiging mapagkumbaba sa pag-amin ng isang pagkakamali, buong-buo, at hindi na maghahanap pa ng mapagsisisihan o mapagdadahilan makaiwas lang sa responsibilidad; hanggang sa pagsauli ng grocery item na unconsciously mong nabitbit hanggang sa paglabas mo ng Supermarket *major shame*, I tell you– It’s not going to be easy. Facing the possible consequences of your actions will never be easy. Minsan gugustuhin mong mamatay nalang for a moment there. Pero hindi. A mature person will be responsible enough to account himself to that given action. It requires real courage, and it’s going to buff your character up along the way. I promise you, after all the ‘hardwork’ that person had, the end is going to be of worth. You know, it helps whenever I think of life as a test… including the microdetails in life na madalas we respond to negatively. Example? Yung hyped na hyped kang nanunood sa ng paborito mong Koreanovela at ang timely na pagkabagal ng internet connection. Sakto, ‘di ba? I know we all hate buffering videos but it takes REAL ATTITUDE para itawa nalang ang pagkababaw ng problemang ito. NAKS. Remember life is a test. Hinga muna ng malalim. Mind over matter. It’s all about attitude! Now here’s a little formula to keep in mind:

“Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.”
-Author unknown

Got that aback from my fifth grade. It’s actually a little poem I’ve seen flashed on our computer subject’s PC uniform desktop background...okay ang haba nun) as you can see it all goes deep down to our thoughts. I say that if thoughts were the seed of our character, then destiny would be the the fruit of our character.

So start working that right kind attitude…and get to build that good character for a great future. Every decision you make today counts. It either builds or destroys your pathway to success.

Oh, and about the title… you can’t change right away if you want to transform from inwards to out. Plus, this post goes out to the author, too! 😉

Going Mad Over the Past

Today’s the 22nd of July. It’s funny how time rather nibbles the butt of itself—if you live in the past, you glug the life out of what’s in front of you; and when you live in the present, it is but necessary that “thou shalt entomb all thy ungainly minutiae of the bygone”. (‘bury all the not-so-good memories 6 feet’ under for short.)

“Let’s go to QPav, Shayne,” that’s what I told her. I was feeling all drag and drama over the idea of doing our homework a day earlier than the deadline.  Here I was, all stressed and sleepless while this girl who insisted that it would be better we go loca-loca over school stuff now and save the blasé mode for later was whom I had for a company. Oh, well. I let my upper hand down and let her drag my blues into the library. Word: [enforcedly] studious.

We tried to look for a particular film in the library but we failed to watch because the audio-visual player needed a fix. Letting our quick-wits bring us to a resolve, we logged into library PC’s trying to look for the video online (but of course you can’t watch it on Youtube!) Shayne happened to find a “watch-able” film for Battle of Manila, so I asked her to send me the link through my email.

Some of the old stuff I had to deal with that moment would include a reminiscent of my foolishness ago, and what I meant by ago is that these old stuff from my email occurred at around the same time a year ago. I was a bit unmindful of the little details from the past so I had to read them all again, and to my surprise, I wasn’t giving an outrage at all, (well at least mentally) towards myself. Good that I was able to master such weakness I once had. Very good. I no longer have to palm-hit my head!

So here it goes, whenever you feel like hitting your head with your right palm so hard due to some crazy-memory-from-the-past-backlash, it is highly recommended that you:

  • Learn to accept. You probably heard about the word a gazillion times already, but it’s true. Acceptance was what I had to make in order to be gentle with myself. And the same goes for you. I realized that you can’t go against the current of the seas. You will only exhaust and hurt yourself. You just have to allow itself shove … (okay shove is not a good term,) allow itself to put everything back into place. How does it happen? Find out on our next point.
  • Admit your limitations. Pride is one way of hurting yourself. If you let that barrier rule over you, you will always deny yourself from true freedom. We are all human, we make mistakes and we can’t be perfect. God never expects us to be perfect and flawless while we are made of flesh. “For he knows how we are made. He remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14 WEB) See, even our Perfect God knows we cannot be perfect by human nature!
  • Surrender to God. Completely. I’ve done those crazy stuff before because I was made to believe that I was on the right path. Well, it FELT RIGHT for a moment there. And I tell you, that’s a SUREFIRE way to self-destruction. That’s what you call foolishness. I thought I could be “Jan” the “lord” over my “life”, and I was making compromises with God. Ultimately, it led to me, making compromises and half-baked goodies for my life. And I tell you this—you can’t do away without Him. If you think you’re doing great without acknowledging God’s control over your life, then you’ve got to reassess yourself, because just as how Rick Warren puts it:

Sometimes, it takes years; but eventually you discover that the greatest hindrance to God’s blessing in your life is not others, it is yourself—your self-will, stubborn pride and personal ambition. You cannot fulfill God’s purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.

If God is going to do his deepest work in you, it will begin with this [submission]. So give it all to God: your past regrets, your present problems, your future ambitions, your fears, dreams, weaknesses, habits, hurts, and hang-ups.


You can handle everything (your vices, hang-ups, problems and worries included!) if you let Christ be the Captain of your ship. Nothing under his control can ever be out of control. “I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me, that is, I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.” Philippians 4:13 (Amp) but first, you must let your guards down, open your door, acknowledge you need him and allow him to take over your life.

Now I rejoice in everything, knowing that the past will never take hold of me. I am no longer a slave of the past, and of every single sin I had and have, because I am free. I am free because freedom is in Christ. So to my past, present, and future: I’ve already “surrendered my whole being to him to be used for his righteous purposes.” (Romans 6:13b TEV) and I put my trust in him because I know he loves me no matter what.

And that is my peace of mind, my true liberty. ~

PS, if you feel embittered by the past, or by particular people, I pray that you may come to realize that trapping yourself from a past feeling will only hurt you all the more. Bitterness affect details of our lives including our future life decisions. And what’s more, we’re only hurting ourselves into a feeling/repeated imagery when the chances are, the person we feel bitterness to doesn’t even think about that thing at all. Let’s do ourselves a favor, let us learn to release the pain we bear by giving forgiveness: forgiveness to others, and forgiveness to self. 🙂

Never between you and them

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. 
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. 
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. 
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. 
Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
– Mother Teresa