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

Friday, December 16, 2011

Simbang Gabi '11 --1st day

It has been a long day for me today. I woke up with a terrible migraine the attack makes me like a vampire in my own term. I'm pretty comfortable with dim lights, I'm not into anything too bright except in clothings and when I have an attack,  I get  a problem dealing with anything illuminated or shining.  I badly needed to cover my curtains with darker fabric to block any light that came in my room earlier. I wish I can describe how inconvenient it is (until this moment)'s just not fun and minutes before going out by the evening for the mass, I really thought of not pushing through wondering if I could make it, thanks God I made it to Annunciation Chapel at Assumption University also known as ABAC.

I was surprised there were very few who came to the very first day in there. I'm aware though that many attend the dawn mass at Holy Redeemer Church in Ruamrudee and the first day is always remarkable. Going back to ABAC, guess there were less than twenty who came. The mass just lasted for half an hour and unfortunately, there wasn't any homily after the gospel.

I decided to drop by Big C after, I thought of taking a walk for  awhile then headed to the street where I can take a ride- a short cut ride to home. And before that, I got myself some tangerines and bananas. I had porridge for dinner, it was cool to eat on the sidewalk. I just realized that it is pretty different to walk past by a sidewalk eatery  than eating in there, the perspective is never alike. If you're in Bangkok, this is common in the evening, wherever part of the city you may go.....and me tonight? In there in Naram known as the night shopping/market road.

Looking forward to hear the homily tomorrow as I'll be in the same chapel.

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