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, September 21, 2011

My Birthday Thanksgiving 2011

2011 has been a bit a  frustration for me as I made plans especially for my birthday this year to celebrate at home in the Phils however, due to some circumstances, I didn't make  it.  It's not the first time though as far as I can remember, I thought of  supposedly a very  special gift for my loved ones years ago but a tragedy happened. I don't know, sometimes I get to assume that I shouldn't be planning anymore as for some reasons they just don't happen. Or at least just keep some thoughts to myself especially on travel plans. Sigh.

There are things in this world that are beyond our control and no matter what, we can't do those things all by our own, I am of course not exempted to that fact. I've fully accepted that reality. Possibly I have just learnt enough to be firm on things that I can and can't do, regardless I am aware that in some way these annoyances don't really feel better and since I don't want to be stuck on anything that would certainly drag me down, I just take the moments of doing things that would pay for the wasted plans.

I still have hundreds of reasons to be thankful, I've have had much blessings that I cling to and these give me more strength in my daily undertakings. My family alone is my greatest gift, I feel I am the luckiest on earth having such a loving family. Friends, too who have been there for years and the many new acquaintances that remind me on life's lessons and beauty.

It took long for me to finally decide where to have my birthday dinner. At first, I wanted to have it in this certain cafe in a hotel which I thought worth the price but later I found out that the drinks were very limited and saw the photos on food that in my opinion not really that enticing to the senses. Anyway, checking my budget and list, I finally settled in Sta.Fe. One thing I love about the place is that my guests can choose any dish they prefer aside from the fact that the restaurant doesn't serve Thai food. It should be cool to stay away from anything like it at least for a dinner. Of course, I love Thai food I just go for  alternatives this time. :)

This is indeed a thanksgiving as life is a precious gift despite the challenges. I believe there's no room to be regretful in life, the gift alone is incomparable and the added year to living is definitely right  to be thankful enough. I am grateful and happy, too as I learnt that my family celebrated my birthday as well at home. They did the same in the past years, last year my mother took the family and relatives to a  buffet restaurant for my birthday bash even of me not being there. And this year, they cooked some dishes  for the celebration at home. 

This makes me really feel extraordinary most especially that I never told them to do so.  My family  makes it a habit to celebrate our birthdays even of us not being at home. And of me being here away from home, then I should celebrate my very own birthday at least of thanksgiving. It's double three and still COUNTING--yes, both the age and blessings. :)

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