Saturday, December 26, 2009

the reason for the season

Christmas always brings the best and the worse in every human being on the face of the planet.

It brings the best in us because this is the season when we are most patient, most tolerable, most lenient, most loving, and most accepting of our loved ones' imperfections and flaws. It's not because we are trying to be in Santa's list anymore but maybe because it's already in our subconscious that this is the season for giving and forgiving.

It brings the worse in us, when we are pressured by one aspect of the season... the giving aspect, that is. And no matter how psyched up we are about the "giving" part... which supposed to mean something beyond the materialistic point of view, still we cannot help it but to embrace the more popular definition of giving - gifts. Giving material things is now part and parcel of the whole holiday hoopla because when materialism and commercialism conquered the world... giving is most felt when it is tangible. And in this time of economic crisis... you need to use your imagination to justify the true meaning of Christmas or else you will feel the pressure. However, despite this negative implication of giving, the positive side will always shine. After all true giving will never be outshone by materialism.

Forgiveness on the other hand, is always part of the holiday package. This is the season when people try their best not only to be good to others but to forgive others who did them wrong. This is the season of great opportunity to patch things up with people we had misunderstanding with. And since this is the time of the year when people are always vulnerable and ready to let go of their negative vibes, people are always willing to give or take second chances.

Christmas! This is the season for many reasons. This is the season where the worse is overpowered by the best. This is the season when despite the material things or the lack of it, people still give and take. And this is the season to forgive even the unforgiveable because after all, this is the season when love reigns.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday... to me!

It is my birthday today. Hmmmm... sort of.

It is my birthday today, technically speaking. Because today is the 1st anniversary of my second life. Today is the 1st anniversary of my car accident that happened last year.

Same day last year I was given a second lease on life and that blessing gave me a second chance to live another life with new hope and renewed faith.

It's winter time again and snow storm [or worst... ice storm] is inevitable. I will be driving again on icy, slushy, crappy and treacherous winter roads. I will be driving again by the same spot where I had the accident. And I will be scared of my wits again every time my tires will skid or spin due to block ice.

Winter here in Maine is a wonderland if you are talking about the beautiful white landscapes created by the snowfall. Everything is picture perfect just like what you see in beautiful Christmas cards and postcards. Everything is breathtaking and awesome. And everything is what I ever dreamed of when I was still living in a tropical country. But after the car accident, I hate winter.

Winter is a bitter season. The naked trees are stipped of life after all the leaves are gone. The lovely blue waters of the lakes and ponds are turned into a huge block of ice. And wildlife fled into hibernation, making the "wild"... devoid of life.

But winter is inevitable. Like life, it has to pass. Like life it has to end. And like life it has to give way to spring... so that a new life will begin.

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