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

Saturday, December 25, 2010

My Christmas Day '10

Oh, I had the longest celebration this year. It started from the the Christmas eve mass  where I went to two different churches. First, to Mary Help of Christians and then to St. John. I attended the mass at  St. John's as the other church had the mass in Thai.

I had great a time  in MHCC though, as they had a Christmas program of some dancing and singing. There was also of course this Filipino group joined by Rev. Fr. Tamayo singing the Christmas Carols.

I got early at St. John. I went there alone and found a seat for myself. It was good to know  that my colleauge in the university was also attending the mass. She was with her husband. I found out from her  that our work holidays would be extended although she told me she wasn't so sure about the info. Anyway, we finished the mass and had St.  John's traditional Christmas eve potluck. It was so great to have various Filipino dishes and the mood for feast was just so perfect. I did love the food and I did love the crowd.  I knew a couple of Filipinos in there but I was basically all by myself. Good thing being with Filipinos is that despite of you being alone, you'd never feel that way.

Christmas day, the 25th was at work. We had series of parties and games for kids, exchanging gifts, too. The kids were all happy and you know, it really feels a lot better being surrounded by young ones. Their energy and their innocence are just fantastic and that becomes double when they are happy.

There were foods, balloons and  freebies.... those made the day really fun. Our students are generally Buddhist but they, too celebrate Christmas and still in the same spirit of joy and giving.

I was definitely at work on Christmas day eerr........I had Christmas day at work and I did love it! 

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