The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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I was really exhausted when I get off from work last Thursday. To release the stress I am feeling I decided to visit a bookstore. I went to NBS at Cybermall on my way home. The store is offering 20% off from selected books. I am planning to get a Nancy Drew or a Hardy Boys Classic Mystery Collection but this branch is not offering it anymore. It took me a while to decide on what book to get. I even had second thoughts of buying one, since I am running out of cash. I went to the Classic books to the inspiration one.

Like me, my sisters love reading books, too. But, unlike them, I do not read books that don’t have any happy endings. I don’t like reading books that will require deep thinking. Reading for me is a relaxation. My youngest sister Pauline loves reading the novels of Nicolas Sparks, Paolo Coeli and Mitch Albom. When she tells the stories of what she read to us, I didn’t really get interested of reading what she had read. Although, both of them convinced me that I would enjoy reading the works of Mitch Albom.

I decided to get one of Mitch Albom’s work, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I just finished reading the book this afternoon and I enjoyed it. :)

Most of us thought of heaven as a paradise. A place where you can see crystal clear water of the river, birds chirping and flying freely. Abundant fruit trees and flowering plants. A place where there are no hunger and thirst. A place where we reunite with our relatives and friends who came home before us.

In the story, Mitch Albom shared the experience of his own uncle, Eddie. How Eddie met five different people, who had affected his life on earth. It is surprising that Eddie didn’t meet the said people in one place alone. Yet, he met the said people in different places. The places where he met those people are chosen by them. The places they have chosen, one way or another were heaven while they were still alive.

The five people that Eddie met in heaven were not all his relatives. Some, he didn’t really know personally but has touched and made a difference in his life.

Eddie thought that his life was a waste. What he didn’t know that his humble work as ride maintenance head in a pier park, had saved many many lives.

After reading the book, I asked myself, when I die, who will be those five people I will meet that will enlighten me; people who will explain what my life had become on earth and why I died.

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One thing is for sure, we people are all connected. In the end, we would be judged on how we live our lives on earth. Now that we still have time and blessed with opportunities to do good and show compassion to our neighbors, then we must do it now. Like what the Blue Man told Eddie in the book, STRANGERS ARE JUST FAMILY YOU HAVE YET TO COME TO KNOW. :)

Ciao! :)

An Inspiration or a Reminder?

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I noticed the picture of his wife and his children on posted on his station. I’ve known him for a year now, and he never had those pictures before, until recently. Sometimes, I thought of teasing him about those pictures but I didn’t. I guess it is normal for a married man or anybody to place a picture of his or her love ones on their desks. Looking at our love ones pictures inspire us to work and work harder. Thinking about them and the future ahead of them makes any fatigue we feel fades away.

On the other hand, it could also be used as a reminder that we are attached and we should keep our commitment. How can someone cheat if his wife is looking at him?!? Maybe I am just trying to encourage myself that he doesn’t feel anything special towards me. There are various occasions that I caught him staring at me and then he would tend to look at different direction. I may be foolish to believe that he cares for me more than a friend! But, to be honest, I feel that suppressed love. ? I know that I am not making believe or day dreaming. I can feel it. And that hurts me so bad. :( It’s just that he is so righteous and responsible enough to do what is right. I admire him more for being one.

I know that it would be best to pretend that I do not feel that “love” and that we’re good friends. It would be the best and right thing to do. Besides, he doesn’t tell me anything, and I know that he will never do. :(

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It’s a sad story yet, I believe that everybody can relate. When you love someone, you tend to sacrifice. And please try to connect your mind and your heart. When we’re in love, we always forget that our brains are placed on our head to conquer our heart. Doing what is right all the time will make your life easier and happy. Believe me. It is a fact! :)

Ciao! :)

A Love That Could Never Be

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Love conquers all. It sounds a cliché yes. Another famous line about love conquering all is; “…now these three remains, faith, hope and love. And the greatest of them all is love.” These lines are so encouraging especially if you are in a situation where you know that love came in a wrong time and at the wrong place. :( I am a witness to a love like that. One who would want to be in that kind of love should be ready for a lot of heartaches and all forms of emotional pains.

Being in love is a great feeling a man can ever ask for. However, being in love does not always mean happiness. Most of the times, being in love means sacrifices and pain. :(

Blessed are those who found love at the right time and on the right persons. Love for them would mean more happiness. Love for them would be simple yet great.

On the other hand, when the love you found is on wrong person (which usually happens), love could be a catastrophe. One of my closest friends told me once, “When it is right it is simple. But when it is wrong, it is complicated.” Very true!

Everyday, we might meet people whom we can find love with. Yet, it does not happen all the time that we get the love we found. More often than not, the love we found is no longer available. Even if you and other person feel the same degree of love, you need to accept the fact that the love you found can never be. :(

There may be instances that the said love may rule and win. But believe me, be ready for a chaos! :(

When the said love comes to you, enjoy the feeling. Enjoy the “high school” love feeling. Be inspired to dress up and be beautiful. Be inspired of going to work or going to school. But be always cautious, be aware and keep in mind that the said love can never be yours. :(

The feeling you have, might be too strong to resist but you may need to let it go. It may cause you pain temporarily. You might cry a river after letting it go. Then it will be over. You will be glad to know and realize that you may not need to go through all the terrible pain that love might have caused you. :)

I believe that God has prepared a special someone for each of us. We just need to pray and be patient until God sent us His special gift. :)

Ciao! :)

Pain

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Some lessons are best learned through pain. Sometimes our visions become clear only after our eyes are washed with tears. Sometimes we have to be broken, so we can be whole again. If God meant the day to be perfect, He wouldn’t have invented tomorrow.. whatever your heart feels, trust God for it.

I am going through a hard time right now. I am not sure whether I should wallow or just keep the shield I am trying to use to protect myself from being hurt. I don’t want to go through the same pain again. But if I should, I know that I will be able to get through it. I’ve been there before, and with God by my side I know that there’s nothing I should be afraid off..

God Answered Prayer

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In spite of the many problems, we face everyday, we should not forget that God listens and answers our prayers. Part of my metrics in Dell is total solutions, in other words, we have to make a sale and we need to meet a certain goal. It may be frustrating to know that at this point, though we are technical support people, the focus of the metrics is sales.

There was a memo sent last December wherein, technical support group can now sell Dell systems. I know that I am not a good seller. I am more focus on resolving the customer’s technical problem instead of positioning parts that he or she doesn’t really need. And everyday, I never forget to pray to God that bless me with good sales and a system sale. Days passed, and I still don’t have a system sale. However, I was able to meet my daily target at times.

One day, I believe it was January 6, my Sales Coach approached me and confirmed when I had my system sale. I told her that I have not processed any system sale yet. She said to check my IDD (the tool that we used for sales) and verify my sales. I found out that there was a system sale in my account! :) To be honest, I told her I could not remember processing a system sale. She said that I must have sent the customer a system quotation and used it. I remember the person who purchased the system and he was my customer. I was very happy and grateful to God upon realizing that He had answered my system sale prayer. :)

Actually, it was not the first time that God had answered my prayers in a way I have not expected him to. Often times, we people overlooked the way God listens and attends to our needs. Like you, I am also guilty of this. There are times, wherein we thought that He doesn’t listen to us. Well, in fact, He knows what is best for us. He gives our hearts desires on His own special time. He knows very well, when to give and what to give for us even if we don’t say it out loud.

He knows everything about us. He loves us that much!

Ciao! :)

That’s why we have Commitment

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While downloading the needed files for my self-assessment, I posted a status update on my facebook. I never thought I would have a facebook account. ? I needed to create one for I am looking for a long lost friend whom I cannot find through Friendster. ?

These past few days, I kinda observe different people and the situation they are in. I ponder on the idea of Commitment. Somehow, I consider being “technically single” a good thing. At least, I still have an option to get out of a “mess”.

Everyday, whether at work or somewhere, people find themselves attracted to someone and would dwell on the idea, “Bakit ngayon ka lang dumating sa buhay ko? Kung kailan hindi ka na pwede. Kung kailan hindi na’ko pwede?”. I know that many people, if not going through, have gone through this situation. ?

That could be reason why we have the word Commitment. I remember my priest friend asked me once, what do I think is the most difficult vow of a priest to follow; vow of poverty, vow of chastity or vow of obedience. I stopped and thought of those vows for a while. Then I told him, I believe it would be the vow of obedience. Because if you will be able to keep that vow, then everything follows.

The same goes for married couple. When they pledge their love (either in the church or through civil marriage), I believe that the most difficult to keep is the vow of Commitment.

Mr. Webster defines “Commitment” as something one is bound to do or forebear. Just like an obligation for someone to fulfill. Maybe that’s the reason why the song “Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang” was written. :)

There is the word commitment to protect family and the children in that family. There could be a number of exceptions to this word. But generally speaking, we have the word commitment so that we would be obliged to be faithful and honest to our partners and to children; to our work; to our company; and most of all to ourselves.

I know how hard it would be to keep the vow of commitment. I believe that if you feel something that would lead you into the “wrong way”, try to ignore the thought. It would make your heart bleeds, though, but that would save you from bigger problems. And, never forget to pray. God will always be there to keep us strong. I know that we are only human. We are weak and bound to temptation, but we have God to protect us.

I assure you prayers never fail in any condition or situation you may be.

Ciao! )

Number 1 or 2?

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Number 1 gets the best..

while number gets 2 what’s left.. :(

 

Moving On..

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As soon as u start to let go, they start to catch on…

when they come back (like always) laugh in their face and never give in…

they should’ve realized what they had before they said good-bye…

Love Thoughts

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You can’t really say that you’re in love with someone unless you know the person that much. Often times, we thought we’re in love but we’re not. We often find our selves attracted to someone because of his physical appearance. It could also be his attitude that we thought he is. But unless we get to know who that person really is then we can fall in love.

Well, I believe that a love that has bloomed from friendship is a love to last a lifetime. And you should never forget to pray for that someone. I know God has given us freewill. Many of you will also say that we really can’t choose who to fall in love with. Yet, if we will learn to surrender to God the desires of our heart then He will give us the best. Remember Psalm 37:4?

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Reflections of the Heart

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I found this article in one of my college books. I remember that everybody went gaga when they read this article. I bet many of you have read this article called Untitled. But it’s actually about love, letting go and lessons about love.

I just want to share this to those who have not read this yet. For those who are in love, the one who just let go of love and for everybody.

It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel. Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift. Love is when you take away the feeling, the passion, the romance in a relationship and find out you still care for that person. A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you just have to let go.

When the door of happiness closes, another opens but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one, which has been opened for us. The best kind of a friend is the kind you can sit on the pouch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had. It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives. Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they’ll love you back. Don’t expect love in return, just wait for it to grow in their heart but if it doesn’t, be content it grew in yours.

There are things that you’d love to hear that you would never hear from the person whom you would like to hear them from, but don’t be so deaf as not to hear it from the one who says it from the heart. Never say goodbye if you still want to try. Never give up if you still feel you can go on. Never say you don’t love a person anymore if you can’t let go. Love comes to those who still hope although they’ve been disappointed, to those who still believe, although they’ve been betrayed, to those who still need to love, although they’ve been hurt before and to those who have the courage and faith to build trust again.

It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone but it takes a lifetime to forget someone. Don’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make the dark day seem bright. Hope that you may find the one that makes you smile. There are moments in life when you miss someone so much, that you just want to pick them in your dreams and hug them for real. Hope you dream of that someone special. Dream what you want to dream; Go where you want to go; Be what you want to be, because you have only one life and once chance to do all the things you want to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy and enough money to buy gifts. Always put yourself in other’s toes. If you feel that hurts you, it probably hurts the person too. A careless word may kindle strife; a cruel word may wreck a life; a timely word may level stress; a loving word may heal and bless. The beginning of love is to let those we love be just themselves, and not twists them with their own image – otherwise, we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives. Love begins with a smile grows with a kiss and ends with a tear. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can’t go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you is smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.

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Always remember that you can never find a perfect partner

to love you the way you wanted..

 

Only a person who’s willing to love you more than

what you are..

 

Someone who’ll accept you for what

you can and cannot be..

 

And that’s even better than perfect.. J

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Commitment is not finding the right person, but creating the right relationship. It’s not how much you love your love one from the beginning, but how much love you build ‘til the end.

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