So… what happened?

I have failed (yet again) to chronicle and share the significant life events and lessons that I’ve had in the past two years. But maybe that’s the point of it. To just absorb it and live it. So, no regrets there.

But I’d like to share how I ended up here. Here, where I am currently at.

Oh, I’m living abroad now. Independently.

And getting here demands that I look back to what was before this. What has happened to me?

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Lemme take a break…

For this week, I won’t be uploading my usual #TEDTalkTuesday post.

Yeah, yeah. I personally don’t feel good about this; I am striving to build a habit and taking a break from doing it might cause me to actually ditch the whole thing and all (for the lack of ‘self-fulfillment’). But to be totally honest, I don’t want to post something half-baked and half-hearted in here. I want to absorb what I watch and listen to. And right now, I don’t have the luxury of time to do so. Also, I want to publish here only those pieces that I’d be proud to share publicly (may this be only a personal and amateur blog).

So… that’s that.

In other news, I’d try to post something in my other blog one of these days! (And this part shall have a link to it when I get to post it) 😛

#TEDTalkTuesday: The best gift I ever survived

I’ve been quite busy with my Practicum course, and haven’t got much time to read and write for pleasure. Bummer, I know. But it wouldn’t hurt to still go with what I’ve started, right?

For this week, I stumbled upon this short and sweet talk: Stacey Kramer’s The best gift I ever survived.

The title already gives you a hint of what it might be about, but for those who heard it live about six years ago… well, let’s just say that it might have left the audience’s jaws open or eyes watering.

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#TEDTalkTuesday: Keep your goals to yourself

It’s been long overdue (it’s been sitting in my drafts folder for about two weeks now!), but for my first featured talk this year, I’ll be doing a very quick one: the talk is just a little over three minutes long. And yes, Derek Sivers’ Keep your goals to yourself is worth your time! 😉

(It’s a short talk but it sparked tons of realizations for me!)

We’ve read articles about it and have heard people talk about it: You should share your plans and goals! That way you’d feel more compelled to do them.

In general, I don’t practice this advice but I do get its point. We’ll feel accountable when we announce things for we would get a little more pressure from our peers (whether they remind us of our words or not) to produce outcomes. We’re pushed to the finish line by the underlying (and haunting) thought that not being able to deliver will severely hurt our image and credibility.

Well, yeah. It’s always got something to do with our pride.

Also, it’s appealing to imagine that when we actually achieve what we say/said, there will be these people guaranteed to applaud or commend us because they know what we’ve been doing. They know, so they’ll cheer us on, right?

Ah! But… for whom are we really aspiring for? For whom will we be doing what we want to do? Hmmm…

I invite you to answer those two questions first before deciding whether you should share your new year’s resolutions or not.
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“Do or do not.”

do or do not

Ah, it’s that time of the year again! It’s a season full of renewed hopes and fresh perspectives. And from here, we’ll be venturing into an uncharted dimension of time and space called 2016. Feel it yet?

I bet most of us have envisioned new things for ourselves this new year. We aim to be better than our 2015 selves, and we give nothing less than the most optimistic views as the first day of the year unfolds. But it is undeniable that sooner or later, for most of us, those visions will just stay that way; imaginable but intangible.

Cliche as it may be, we’re the problem. And nope, we’re not short of confidence or resources, nor we lack in any ambition or sight. It’s just that we don’t act.

Nakakatamad nga naman, ‘di ba?

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#TEDTalkTuesday: The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds

With this post, I’d like to start a weekly habit: to write about a TED Talk (or any TED video) that I’ve recently seen. My own feed of #TEDTalkTuesday! I’m not going to review them or try to explain its contents through my writing, but I’d like to share here what I’ve gathered from them–thoughts, questions, and all–as I indulge these awe-inspiring (and generous) sharing of knowledge. Basically, this is me trying to chronicle the videos that I’ve seen and listened to so I could preserve the ideas that they sparked in me.

And for my first pick, I’ll feature Meklit Hadero’s The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds.

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A ‘Once In A Blue Moon’ Thought

As I gazed at the moon just now (a couple of minutes before I started writing this, yes!), I was overwhelmed with this recognition: The very hands which created this majestic heavenly body is the same pair of hands which knitted every fiber of my being.

I so easily get caught in a trance whenever I see His glorious artworks: the ocean, the trees, the birds, the moon… anything natural! Seriously, who wouldn’t? We are so appreciative of the organic structure of things, of the imperfections of angles, lines, and curves which make things even more appealing to our senses. But it is very seldom for me to appreciate people’s physical beauty, especially my own. And somehow, I realized that’s unfair to God.

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When nostalgia hits…

I’ve always been a nostalgic person. But the way how I look back now isn’t the same with how I looked back in my B.C. (yes, I am pertaining to my “before Christ” era) years.

Before I met Him, I liked revisiting and staying in my past. I strived to look forward everyday, but the pull of my memories and my longing to relive them is stronger than my hope for the future. Whenever I felt happy or excited, I always thought that that is going to be the “peak of my existence”. Immature thinking, I know. But that’s how I truly felt. So I tried to hold on to my experiences, exerting much effort not to taint my memories with new ones. I always feared that new things might just disappoint me.

But of course, He can’t bear to leave me like that.

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