To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


( Written Sept. 18. 2010)

Few days more and I'll have another year. I'm thankful. When I was young I had dreams on what should I be reaching this age and guess I didn't make it. I'm not sad either. As I grow older I'm grateful that I'm starting to appreciate more the beauty of life and that this living made me understand more the events that we encounter along the journey.

I can see myself as sailing into the ocean and the sail sometimes had a few storms and still I'm on the ocean only maybe seizing to sail on for now. This is the time when I can see lots of destinations I wish to venture however, there are some aspects that made me  rest for awhile considering the possible outcome of the sail and totally enjoying the moment in the calm and clear ocean. This means I'm enjoying the halt and that the sail has to stop for a moment to prepare for the challenges that may come once the boat  sails again.

And yes, I know what I want and that is to welcome the added year of my life with what I deserve.  I used to have great birthdays way back at home. It's a n event my parents and family made indeed a special day, but since I got here and had the freeewill to do wahtever I can, I opted to have a silent celebration thinking of work or will be working the next day.
But come on, this is my life and I have to give what I deserve. I've been working hard and this time guess Ineed a blast, and that to have a fun bday celebration.

I have been eyeing on this beautiful restaurant, the place is such an ideal one for me, been checking the website and it's food and I desire to have my birthday there. I asked some recommendations and glad many turned out positive. Yes, for now I'm happy ad checking the place myself and tasting some food is heavenly. This is for my birthday , I told myself. Now, I'm excited. :D

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