Still in Manila - Do you take things for granted?Monday, July 20, 2009
As the plane descends...
Being with the clouds...
Just makes you feel peaceful...
Yet a feeling of gratitude, excitement, apprehension and sadness come over me.
When I left the country 25 years ago, it wasn't this bad...
I'm blessed that my brothers were with my Dad to take him right away to the hospital
and the doctors saved him from a mild heart attack and kidney problems.
St. Luke's Medical Center is where Dad is.
Located in the city,
Where billboards dominate...
And traffic congestion is a way of life.
A place where the poor is side by side
with the not so poor.
And yet little things we take for granted
The place may look depressing, but the people are talented and are always kind...
Do you take things for granted?
Do you see far more than what’s just in front of you?
Do you see things as half-empty?
Do you feel like stuff just piles up?
Do you ask –
Am I “standard” or am I “poor” ?
Will the market ever get back up?
Am I seeing what I’m supposed to see?
Will my children have the best education?
Do you wake up afraid that the worst is yet to come?
Do you have to force a smile to hide the anxiety deep within?
Do you feel like your tinker toys need to get some oil in them?
Do you hear the whispers of concerns and sleep-not of worries?
Tough times, yes we are in!
Getting old aches and pains creeping in.
Investment portfolios shrinking every minute,
Teens confused, crumbcatchers spinning.
Cry not, whine or complain,
Although venting is good for you;
But once you’ve vented, cried or screamed;
There’s only one thing to do once you’ve fallen.
The worst is not the end-game,
The sun sets tonight and rises the next day;
There are opportunities still waiting to be had,
Nature, beauty, family and friends to share with.
Take not the little things for granted,
There’s always a blessing you probably overlooked,
A financial analyst commented,
In the waiting room I cried watching him say,
Although the market seemed totally falling apart,
Now is the time to get-up and get set-up.
Doctors give us some hope,
Setbacks seemed to have turned,
Hospital bills skyrocket
With Love and God’s Grace through prayers
This too shall pass.
Don’t lose hope, I know it’s tough and scary,
When things go the other way you dreamed it to be;
It’s not that people can not be trusted,
It’s just that people were not knowledgeable.
Tragedies we have seen,
People coming together in time of need;
When darkness covers the spectrum,
Sun stretches its rays bright and intense.
And as Og Mandini, appropriately wrote:
“ If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions. “