Distance and Illusions

There was once a boy who flew in the sky
Who adored a girl in the ocean deep

The girl told the boy,

“But we’re worlds apart, my darling

How can that be?”

The boy gazed up ahead and said,

“Fear not, my dear,

Somewhere in the distant horizon

The sky collides

to touch the sea.”

 

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He Says

He says,

Tell me where you want to go, let’s go.

I say,

Anywhere.

Anywhere you go.

 

 

 

 

Take Your Time

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This appeared on my FB memories today: “Take your time”, written on the last few bars by my piano prof whom I considered mother in college. It was as if to say: “don’t be in such a hurry to finish!”

 

All of the mother figures in my life have said this in one way or another – take your time to take your first steps, to talk, to chew your food, to read, to grow, to heal, to succeed, to find love, to dream, to become the person you are evolving into- so assuring of the love, patience, compassion and faith in us that we sometimes even feel unworthy of.

 

To all the moms, Happy Mother’s Day! YOU are amazing! You are LOVE. And to my mom, to inherit even just a fraction of your heart is the greatest privilege of my life. ❤

Thoughts

One thing I am sure of when it comes to most people: they will not hesistate to lend a helping hand when needed. We all want to feel needed in some way. Because that makes us feel powerful. Not the kind that is ego-centric, but the kind of power that can affect and impact others. Everyone is needed in some way therefore we all possess that power. Most people don’t know how powerful they in affecting others. Imagine a world where all people tap into their power. The possibilities are limitless. 

On Solitude  

written on my journal – January 17, 2017 at Coffeebean

2 days ago, a good friend sent me a long but worthwhile read about Solitude and Leadership. The author talked about how solitude, though seemingly contradictory to the qualities essential to good leadership, is in fact, elemental. I would go further to say that solitude is both urgent and necessary for the follower as much as the leader. Everyone should find time for it.

Solitude allows us to grow fully into oneself and to realize one’s essence. It is in the laboratory of solitude where one formulates one’s thoughts, questions, develops one’s skills and talents, and strengthens one’s core values. Shutting the noise and external distractions that surround us allows us to be fully present with ourselves. I say this as though it were simple, but to be fully present to oneself is often a difficult task. Many people can be alone, but do not know how to be with themselves. We often look for distractions, like our phones, gadgets, social media, games, TV and such technologies prevalent in our everyday lives. (I am guilty of this!) These are all essential most especially because they connect us to the world beyond our spheres, but this becomes a problem when the very things that connect us to the world are the ones creating the disconnect to the people around us and, unconsciously, from ourselves. The paradox is, while these technologies offer distractions from our monotonous life, through solitude, we find that life becomes less humdrum.

Solitude offers us an awareness of our thoughts, which then leads us to be more deliberate and purposeful in our actions. We become thinkers, avoiding the mechanical auto-pilot mode which we are naturally accustomed to doing. We learn to question authority, systems, and rules. We develop the inner strength and character to swim against the current. Solitude allows us to reflect whether our external world is aligned with our inner one, thereby enabling us to become a powerful springboard of change.

These days, with daily current issues that picture the loss of humanity, it is not hard to be desensitized by what we see. As compassion is easily thrown to wind and the sense of moral obligation dissipating, all the more we need to relieve ourselves from the noise and current, and find solid ground once more in solitude.

On Purpose

“Ma, do you think you were able to fulfil your life’s purpose?”, I asked my mom.

Without any hesitation, she answered, “Yes. Our purpose in life is to be.”

“You know what I’m saying.”, I rolled my eyes.

“Why? Our purpose in life is to be – to be what you were made to do. Which is to love. It’s really simple. Why do you make it complicated?”, she replied.

I got her, but I suppose I associated purpose with doing great things for the world. I’m not really sure what answer I  expected, but it certainly wasn’t that. Something more specific perhaps.

To love….how easy and yet so difficult. How ambiguous yet ever so certain. So attainable yet seemingly elusive. 

Hmmm…Ive realized that my question is both simple and complex , depending on our own stages of life, where priorities and dreams vary. I know for sure that things get simpler when one has experienced much of life. But knowing is the shallow end of being. One needs to experience life. To experience its borders is to be well acquainted with our own sense of mortality, and this ultimately unfolds a deeper understanding of our raison d’etre. As any gem of wisdom is to be attained, I have yet to live life further and fully. Maybe I should just take the words of my mother and simple BE. Easier said than done. (I will need the assistance of meditation and yoga. Oooommmmmm….Lol!)

On a serious note, as someone who constantly asks and questions if I am in fact fulfilling my life’s purpose, I have found temporal peace through this quote:

“They say: ‘Find a purpose in your life and live it.’ But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.”― Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

Sometimes, finding one’s purpose is as unanticipated as my mother’s response. And as unanticipated as an act of kindness. And maybe, it’s all really as simple as love, unfolded in many a form. 

Notes to Self

From Donald Trumps presidency, to repealing Obamacare, to fake news and alternative facts, to building a wall to cast out illegal immigrants from Mexico and other refugees that threat the super power nation, I am disturbed and aghast at how these steps take not only America, but the world, a huge step backward within a week as Trump assumed position. One does not need to be American, nor Christian, nor from any other religion or race, to be shaken by these issues that threaten the core morals and values of humanity. These acts are all fueled by fear. Yoda’s words ring true more than ever today when he said “fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” 

Will we wait until there’s more suffering in the world? Can we be a little bit kinder? Can we love a little more? Can we learn to love the darkness and light in us? Can you love yourself? Can you learn to connect with yourself and with others in a loving way? Can you let fear and hatred stop getting in the way?  Can you start right now, where you are?