Flying above the clouds…

I read this Barbara Gonzalez’ (Learn from the eagle) article in the Philippine Star as I was sipping coffee at Jollibee after my quarterly blood check monitoring at 8am. After fasting from 9pm last night, the jolly hotdog and scrambled egg + plus coffee + the free paper was bliss! I am such easy to please.

In the middle of the article, Gonzalez’ narrates how she received an email about the story of an eagle which begins with – “Time decides whom you meet in life. Your heart decides whom you want in life but your behavior decides who will stay in your life”. Then it tells that story of a 70 year old eagle who reinvents itself after hitting 40 years. It has to fly to the very top of a very tall mountain and sits on its nest. There it will hit its beak until the old beak drops off and waits for a new one. Then after the new beak, it plucks its talons until it grows back. Then the feathers. Imagine the pain it goes through just to be new? And the passion to just do it . After the feathers have all grown back, the eagle stretches its wings and takes its rebirth flight. It flies again, hunts and preys again and lives another 30 years before finally dying.

Just like the eagle and as Gonzalez’ pointed out, we must let go of old memories, habits and traditions in order to take advantage of the present. And I say, let it all go. It is of course hard because you veer away with what is comfortable, of what is safe. This spells change. And we need change in order to survive. The email ends with “ Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive reaction causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. When it rains, most birds head for shelter. The eagle is the only bird, that in order to avoid rain, starts flying above the clouds. Winners win by pushing their limits until pushing their limits becomes their norm”. Nice! Let us be an eagle! We change and reinvent in order to survive but most importantly, we rise above what life will bring us. Let’s fly above the clouds and over the rainbow where the sky is blue (ay iba na ata ito. : 0 Happy weekend people! 18sep10

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five laws to depend on…

 I was looking for something on my old folders and found this piece written on a red piece of paper.  I can’t remember now who gave it to me or how old it is but I know that this is a classic piece – true today and even years from now – I should know :  )

  1.  This, too, shall pass. 

Nothing stays the same.  The only constant in life is change.  With every decision we make, we initiate change.  Even when we decide not to, life goes on, and changes still occur.  When we are in a state of discomfort, sadness, grief or pain, we know that because life goes on change will bring us some kind of relief.  And because, even comfort, happiness and all good things also pass, we know that we need to appreciate and cherish each precious, fleeting moment.

 2.  Time heals.

The timepiece of life never stops.  Neither does it pause for those who celebrate or speed up for those who are impatient, and slow down for those who fear tomorrow.  Time ticks a regular rhythm that steadily brings new moments, new days and new seasons.  As time pushes forward, we make new steps, face new challenges, and create new opportunities.  And as life goes on, we are forced to move past our episodes of disappointments, sorrow or despair.  More than anything else, time heals not just broken bones but broken hearts as well.

 3.   Ask, and you shall receive.

People won’t know what you want unless you ask for it.  Dreams and goals are just wishes until you act on them, and acting on them often requires that you ask for answers, for assistance or for something tangible.  It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, but when you come forward, only then will the world know what to give you,  Just ask and know that miracles can happen.

 4.   You can have anything, but not everything.

Life offers us infinite possibilities.  With hard work, determination and perseverance, we can achieve anything, if we are willing to pay the price and go the extra mile we can have whatever our hearts desire.  But no matter how hard we try, we can’t have everything.  Life is a balancing act of wins, losses and trade-offs.  We gain some and we lose some.

 5.  What goes around comes around.

It is the universal law of nature: do unto others what you want others to do unto you, because whatever you give, you get back tenfold.  It doesn’t hurt to smile, or be kind, or extend a helping hand.  You never know when or how, but every act of goodness always returns to the giver.  Give one today and receive ten tomorrow.

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the great moments in your life won’t necessarily be the things you do.  it can also be the things that happen to you.  i’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life.  you have to take action and you will.  but never forget that on any day you can step out of the front door and your whole life can change forever.  you see the universe has a plan and that plan is always in motion – a butterfly flaps its wings and it starts to rain.  it’s a scary thought but it is also kind of wonderful making you part of the machine constantly working, making sure you end up exactly where you’re supposed to be exactly when you’re supposed to be there – the right place at the right time. – ted mosby,  how i met your mother