I had a little chat with a friend over the phone a few weeks ago. I told her that I don’t feel well physically. It probably stemmed from lack of enough sleep. It’s not like cleaning the house the whole day. I felt tired not from the daily household chores, but from something else. Then my friend blurted, “Are you happy”? I know what she’s leading to. She’s referring to my personal life. I told her, “Yes, I’m happy”. If I told her I’m not happy, will she say I could be experiencing the physical manifestation of “unhappiness”?
I think being happy is just a state of mind. I feel fine knowing that none of my loved ones is sick and we still eat three to four times a day. But with more obligations coming up I think I’m going to feel sick again. So, if I’ll answer the question at this moment, I would say, “No”, but I’m fine.
- Go swimming or visit Eco Park which is quite impossible to do now because its rainy season.
- Visit National Bookstore to buy my daughter a new set of color pencil for her current drawing project.
- Pay all our financial obligations in full.
- I wish I could find a stable home-based job.
- Get a sponsor (from NGOs) to publish all my articles on HIV/AIDS.
- Enroll in a scriptwriting class under the tutelage of my favorite scriptwriter Ricky Lee.
- Be at peace with myself (have my quite moment, too)
- Exercise to reduce stubborn fats and look good without resorting to safe diet pills that work.
How about you what are the things that you wish you can do right now?
We don’t need to possess an MA or an MBA diploma to gain wisdom, we only need to review some lessons in the past say from our kindergarten class that we have already forgotten.
Things that we should relearn:
• Share everything.
• Play fair.
• Don’t hit people.
• Put things back where you found them.
• Clean up your own mess.
• Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
• Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
• Wash your hands before you eat.
• Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
• Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
• Take a nap every afternoon.
• When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
• Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
• Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
• And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.
This is not only applicable to us or our family. The golden rule holds true for people in the government – to always put things back where they found them and to keep their reputation clean as fine as the linens from peacock alley.
Credits to Robert Fulghum