Friday, March 26, 2010

Wintery Spring

It is already springtime. The flowers are supposed to bloom soon. The trees are supposed to have new leaves. The grass is supposed to turn green. And the birds and animals are supposed to be starting to go out and play.

A lot of people are already tired of the cold winter. They are already looking forward to work in their garden. They are already anticipating the warm feel of the sun in their skin. And they are ready to appreciate the re-birth of mother nature.

But I woke up this morning to another snow shower. The snow bank that started to thaw is covered again with white flurries. The snow bank is again higher than me. And the snow bank is again packed and hard.

The season is changing. And it is unpredictable. We already had snow when it was still fall... and we still have snow now that is already spring. This has been a long winter.

This was the my sentiment last year. This was the very emotions that I had last two winters ago. And this was what I was expecting this winter.

But nah... I am so happy that it feels like spring now. It is still wintery because we still have flurries and freezing rains and hail shower every now and then but the sun is always persistent to come out and give warmth to cold hearts.

Yes, it is spring now. It does feel like spring too. And it looks like springtime as well. But the snow banks are already gone. The grass is already showing up. And the birds and squirrels are back in business. At hindsight... this winter is not that bad at all.

Winter... a time to take a break and contemplate on the goodness of life. A time to rest and nurture the moments that bring happiness to mankind. And a time to embrace and hold in ones hand the passing eternity of God's blessing... as one anticipate the coming of spring.

Friday, March 19, 2010

On Letting Go

Let's go! That is easy to do. You can do it on an impulse. You can do it in a heartbeat. And you can do it without batting an eyelash.

Let it go! That is a little bit harder. You can't just do it on impulse because you don't have the power to do it. You cannot do it in a heartbeat because you know that it will break your heart. And you cannot do it without thinking because in your mind you know it's impossible.

If only we know the art of letting go... then life will be easier. If only we are guaranteed that life will be easier when we let go... then moving on will be easier. If only we feel safe to move on without losing our grip of the reality... then we will able to lead life to the fullest.

But leading a life without that someone you "let go" will surely be a tough act to follow. And for that reason alone... "letting go" is a decision. It is a choice that one has to make. It is a sacrifice that one has to take. And it is process that one has go through.

"Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars.
You have to let go at some point in order to move forward."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Time for Spring

Springtime is a time for birth and re-birth. This is the time for renewal and revival. And this is the time for a new perspective.

This is not my first spring here in Maine. So I don't have so much expectation except that by this time I have to re-do and update my resume so I can start looking for another prospective career to seek better future. I have been working for almost a year now and with the experience I gained from my very first job here in my new home, I guess the adjustment period is long over. It's about time to move on and move forward. I need to make myself useful, more productive (translation: work and earn more money to keep up with the bills) and updated.

Being out of work during my first year away from home makes me realized the real value of "work". I was able to appreciate work because doing nothing is harder. And I was able to appreciate money too because having none is worse.

But it's almost spring now. Now, it's about time to make plans for a better future. Optimism is like hope... it springs eternal.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Oak Trees on Cape Road

Proudly standing in front of our yard... watching me everyday as I struggle with my daily life... waving goodbye as I leave for work and patiently waiting as I come home from work.

[SPRING on Cape Road]

[SUMMER on Cape Road]

Silently standing in front of our house... watching me everyday as I learn a culture not my own… comforting me as I cried many times when I missed home or as I cracked in loud giggles when I was on the phone talking to a loved one from home.

[FALL on Cape Road]

[WINTER on Cape Road]

Magnificently standing by the road side… keeping me protected from my personal frustrations or daily confusions… giving assurance that life is temporary as the changing seasons and like the changing season life is a permanent cycle that will continuously evolve.


Life is a mystery as they say. We struggle. We fight. We survive. We fall. We stand up. We fall again. We give up. We fight back. We succeed. We fail. We surrender. We conquer. And life goes on.

And with all the business we do with our life... there are countless blessings that we see or we fail to see. But with every opportunity we take or fail to take. There are silent witnesses that we sometime recognize or simply ignore.

Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many;
not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

After the Storm

"O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever! The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." (Psalms 118: 1, 14)

After the storm, the sky clears up and clouds disappear from the horizon.

After the storm, the leaves from the trees are washed clean and glistening.

After the storm, the ground is soaked in life giving water to aid the growth of new life.

After the storm, the deer came out from hiding and started looking for fallen fruits.

After the storm, the rainbow painted the sky with colors of hope.

I have survived many storms in my life. And after every storm, a new strenght is gained to sustain me to face another storm. My faith in God gives me the strength I need to be strong in every storm.

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