Live this day

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I will live this day as if it is my last by Og Mandino.

And what shall I do with this last precious day which remains in my keeping? First, I seal up its container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand. I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?

Can sand flow upward in the hour glass? Will the sun rise where it sets and sets where it rises? Can I relive the errors of yesterday and right them? Can I call back yesterday’s wounds and make them whole? Can I become younger than yesterday? Can I take back the evil that was spoken, the blows that were struck, the pain that was caused? No. Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And what then shall I do? Forgetting yesterday neither will I think of tomorrow. Why should I throw now after maybe? Can tomorrow’s sand flow through the glass before today’s? Will the sun rise twice this morning? Can I perform tomorrow’s deeds while standing in today’s path? Can I place tomorrow’s gold in today’s purse? Can tomorrow’s child be born today? Can tomorrow’s death cast its torment backward and darken today’s joy? Should I concern myself over events which I may never witness? Should I torment myself with problems that may never come to pass? No! tomorrow lies buried with yesterday, and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

This is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift my arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day. So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise who are no longer with the living today. I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved. Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others far better than I, have departed? Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved? Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be? Is there a purpose in nature? Is this my day to excel?

I will live this day as if it is my last.

I have but one life and life is naught but a measurement of time. When I waste one I destroy the other. If I waste today, I destroy the last page of my life. Therefore, each hour of this day will I cherish for it can never return. It cannot be banked today to be withdrawn on the morrow, for who can trap the wind? Each minute of this day will I grasp with both hands and fondle with love for its value is beyond price. What dying man can purchase another breath though he willingly give all his gold? What price dare I place on the hours ahead? I will make them priceless!

I will live this day as if it is my last.

I will avoid with fury the killers of time. Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith; fear I will dismember with confidence. Where there are idle mouths I will listen not; where there are idle hands I will linger not; where there are idle bodies I will visit not. Henceforth I know that to court idleness is to steal food, clothing, and warmth from those I love. I am not a thief. I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove my love and my greatness.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

The duties of today I shall fulfill today. Today I shall fondle my children while they are young; tomorrow they will be gone, and so will I. Today I shall embrace my woman with sweet kisses; tomorrow she will be gone, and so will I. Today I shall lift up a friend in need: tomorrow he will no longer cry for help, nor will I hear his cries. Today I shall give myself in sacrifice and work; tomorrow I will have nothing to give, and there will be none to receive.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And if it is my last, it will be my greatest monument. This day I will make the best day of my life. This day I will drink every minute to its full. I will savor its taste and give thanks. I will maketh every hour count and each minute I will trade only with something of value. I will labor harder than ever before and push my muscles until they cry for relief, and then I will continue. I will make more call than ever before. I will sell more goods than ever before. I will earn more gold than ever before. Each minute of today will be more fruitful than hours of yesterday. My last must be my best.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.

—-From the The Greatest Salesman In the World by Og Mandino

James 3: 13-16

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“Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom?

Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise is not wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom – it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving.

Whever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.”

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Tagalog Translation

13 Sino ang marunong at matalino sa inyo? ipakita niya sa pamamagitan ng mabuting kabuhayan ang kaniyang mga gawa sa kaamuan ng karunungan. 14Nguni’t kung kayo’y mayroong mapapait na paninibugho at pagkakampikampi sa inyong puso, ay huwag ninyong ipagmapuri at huwag magsinungaling laban sa katotohanan. 15Hindi ito ang karunungang bumababa mula sa itaas, kundi ang nauukol sa lupa, sa laman, sa diablo.16Sapagka’t kung saan mayroong paninibugho at pagkakampikampi, ay doon mayroong kaguluhan at lahat ng gawang masama. 17Nguni’t ang karunungang buhat sa itaas, ay una-una’y malinis saka mapayapa, banayad, madaling panaingan, puspos ng kaawaan at ng mabubuting bunga, walang inaayunan, walang pagpapaimbabaw. 18At ang bunga ng katuwiran ay natatanim sa kapayapaan sa mga nagsisigawa ng kapayapaan.

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Live well, live wisely, live humbly.

Happy New Year!!

LiFE by Unknown Author

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Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be –a roommate, a neighbor, a professor, a friend, a lover, or even a complete stranger –but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

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Sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

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The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are sometimes the most important ones.

If someone loves you, give love back to them in whatever way you can, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart.

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Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and listen to what they have to say.

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Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.

You can make anything you wish of your life. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.

And if you love someone tell them, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.

Learn a lesson in life each day that you live!

Today is the tomorrow you were worried about yesterday.

Think About it? Was it worth it?

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Author Unknown – If you happen to know the author of this beautiful article please comment so that proper credit can be given. Thank you.

Autistic Ako

Paalala : Nais ng akda na ito na iparating at baka sakaling makatulong sa makakabasa na may anak o kakilala na may sakit na Autism‘(Wiki).  Ang mga nasusulat dito ay mga ekspiriensya, pagsisikap ng mga magulang at mga gabay mula sa doktor at guro na makamit ang kagalingan sa sakit na ito sa tunay na buhay. Isang paglalahad din ito upang magkaroon ng awareness sa karamdaman na ito. Salamat po.

“Autistic ako….” Ito ang isang akda ni Boy(di tunay na pangalan) noong siya ay nasa high-school. Walang makapaniwala na totoo ang kanyang kuwento dahil hindi naman siya nakakitaan ng mga kaeskwela niya na may ganun nga siyang karamdaman noong pumasok na siya sa regular na eskwelahan.

Dahil ang sakit na ‘Autism’ ay parang bago sa pandinig ng mga Filipino noong dekada otsenta ngunit naging pamilyar na lamang dahil sa ito ay nababasa na sa mundo ng internet at kompyuter sa ngayon.

Ang tawag sa mga taong may karamdamang ‘autism’ ay ‘autistic’.

Ang Kuwento ng Buhay ni Boy

Ang litrato sa itaas ay kinunan noong baby pa si Boy at walang kaalam-alam ang mga magulang niya na may kakaibang pag-uugali na pala si Boy mula sa karamdamang ‘autism’. Ang madalas na sinasabi sa karamdaman na ito ay may sariling mundo ang isang bata na nagkakaroon ng karamdamang ito.

At ganun na nga kinakitaan si Boy noong baby pa siya na walang interes sa mga taong nasa malapit sa kanya, kakawag-kawag lamang ang kanyang mga kamay, at palaging nakatingin sa sa kisame kapag nakahiga. Normal naman ang kanyang paglaki mula sa pagkain noong baby pa siya.

Buti na lamang ay magaling ang doktor ni Boy noong bago ito magdalawang-taon, dahil maagang napatingnan si Boy sa isang espesiyalista na doktor na timitingin sa ganitong karamdaman. Ang bata kasi para magkaroon ng mataas na pag-asa na gumaling ay kailangan ma-detect agad ng isang doktor ang sakit na ito na mas maaga na kadalasan ay bago magdalawang-taon ang isang bata.

Ang mga sunod-sunod na pangyayari…

– Regular ang konsulta ni Boy sa doktor noon dahil may mga ilang gamot siyang iniinom para sa karamdamang ito noong bata pa siya. At may mga bawal siyang mga pagkain.

– Naging instumental talaga sa buhay ni Boy ang kanyang mga magulang dahil natutukan siyang mabuti. Dahil noong tatlo o apat na taon siya ay pinagsikapan ng kanyang magulang na ipasok siya sa isang special school na kung saan ang kasama niya ay may mga karamdaman din na ‘autism’.  At tuloy-tuloy rin siya ng kanyang elementarya sa isang special school .

– Hindi natapos sa special-school ang pag-aaral ni Boy. Pinagsikapan ng mga magulang ni Boy na ipasok siya sa isang magaling na guro na nakakaintindi ng mga batang mga ganitong karamdaman…one-on-one ika nga ang istilo naman ng pagtuturo na kung saan dito talaga nakakitaan ng malaking pagbabago si Boy sa kanyang buhay bilang isang mag-aaral.

– Naisipan na ng mga magulang na isama si Boy sa isang regular school noong kalagitnaan ng elementarya dahil sa malaking pagbabago sa ugali, pakikitungo sa mga kamag-aral, at naging focus na siya sa pag-aaral. At dito na nagtuloy-tuloy ang regular na pag-aaral ni Boy hanggang natapos siya ng high-school sa paaralan na ito. Na dito nakakitaan si Boy ng kagalingan sa pagsusulat…hanggang sa sinulat nga niya ang isang akda na ‘Autistic Ako’. Naisulat ni Boy iyon dahil sa kuwento at nakita niyang pinagdaanan niya sa buhay noong bata pa siya.

– Lahat ay nanalangin para kanyang paggaling.

Kay bilis ng panahon. Ako man noong nakita ko si Boy nong bata pa at kasama sa iskul ng mga batang may mga karamdaman ng ‘autism’ ay di makapaniwalang malalampasan at makakamit ang kagalingan sa sakit na iyon.

Sa ngayon ay graduate na si Boy mula sa kanyang kurso sa  kolehiyo sa isang Unibersidad sa Maynila at sa ngayon ay naghahananap ng trabahong mapapasukan.

Naalala kong ikuwento ito dahil sa aking napanood na documentaryo patungkol sa karamdaman na ito. Hindi lahat ay nakakamit ang buong kagalingan sa karamdaman na ito. Documentary Video( here).

Hindi lahat ay makakadama at makakamit ng tunay na mga pangarap at makikita ang tunay na mundo…na katulad ng nakamit at nakita ni Boy sa kanyang buhay.

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“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
― Mother Teresa

The Five Regrets of the Dying

The 5 regrets of the dying by Bronnie Ware

Simula noong nabasa ko ang artikulo na ito na mula sa libro na sinulat ni Bronnie Ware ay nagmuni-muni talaga ako dahil napakahalaga nito para sa akin. Dahil ayoko rin na magkaroon ng pagsisi sa huling yugto ng aking buhay kung hindi bibigyan ng halaga ang limang bagay na ito sa ngayon. Now na ika nga.

Nais ko lamang na ipaalam ang mga bagay na ito sa inyo upang makapagmuni-muni rin kayo sa mga tunay na dapat pahalagahan sa ating buhay. Salamat.

Top 5 Regrets of the Dying
For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last 3 to 12 weeks of their lives.
People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.
Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.
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For more information, please visit Bronnie’s official website at http://www.bronnieware.com or her blog at http://www.inspirationandchai.com.

Apat na Tanong

Bata pa ako ay madalas ko ng makita ang mga karatula na ganito ang nasusulat. Nasusulat ito sa English. Ilang salita lamang ang mga ito pero napakaganda ng mensahe na magagamit na gabay sa pang araw-araw na buhay. Naging gabay ko ang apat na tanong na ito sa aking mga mahahalagang desisyon sa aking buhay at patuloy pa rin na ginagamit.

“Of the things we think, say or do:

“Sa lahat ng iisipin, sasabihin o gagawin:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

1. Ito ba ay ang KATOTOHANAN?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

2. Ito ba ay magiging PAREHAS o KATANGGAP-TANGGAP para sa lahat?

3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

3. Makabubuo ba ito ng KABUTIHAN at MABUTING PAGKAKAIBIGAN?

4. Will it he BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

4. May KAPAKINABANGAN ba ito sa mga kinauukulan?”

Ang gumawa ng mga karatula na ito ay mula sa mga grupo ng mga Rotarians. Ang mga miyembro ng grupo na ito na nag-isip nito ay nagmula sa iba’t-ibang panig ng mundo. At hindi naman ako naging miyembro nito ngunit tunay na saludo ako sa gabay at karatula na ito.

Subok ang mga gabay na ito na siguradong magiging maayos ang lahat. Puwede rin itong malinaw na gabay sa ating pagsusulat ng blog.

Nakita at nagamit mo rin ba ang mga ito?