Category Archives: Personal

Thank God

My husband attended a seminar workshop in 2008 and furnished a worksheet that contains this poem.

Photo by Ryan Phillips on Unsplash

I am thankful for a whole lot of things specially for those I don’t always see.

For my wife who is nagging me,
Thank God, she is at home with me and not with someone else.

For my husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato,
Thank God he is at home with me and not out to the bars.

For the teenager who is complaining about doing the dishes,
Thank God that means she is at home with me and not in the streets.

For the taxes that I pay,
Thank God that means I am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party,
Thank God it means that I am surrounded by friends.

For the windows that need cleaning and the gutters that need fixing,
Thank God I have a home.

For all the complaining I hear about the government,
Thank God we have a freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the end of the parking lot,
Thank God I am capable of walking and I am blessed with a car.

For the lady behind me in church who sings off-key,
Thank God I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing,
Thank God I have clothes to wear.

…..And finally, for too much email…..
Thank God I have friends who are thinking about me!

Source:

Unleash the Highest Potential of Your Life by Vic F. Garcia
Copyright 2005 Unleash International Corporation

Chinese wish paper

A lady friend gave this piece of Chinese wish paper to me a few years ago.  She said I could write a prayer or anything that I wish to have or plan that I want to be realized in the future. Her instruction is to burn the paper after I write all my wishes and scatter its ashes in the air to make my “wishes” come true.

I haven’t written anything on it yet. I want to keep it as a remembrance for now.

Her story is worth sharing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It was sad and unfortunate that a relative of mine succumbed to cancer complications nearly four years ago. I thought of sharing a brief story about her ailment and journey…

My cousin, Cecil. She was full of life.

Our extended family will end the New Year with a heavy heart. My cousin died of cancer four days before Christmas day (December 21, 2015). She was 46. We were devastated with her demise but somewhat prepared for the eventuality that she will be gone any day since her doctor informed her parents of her terminal condition last month (November). She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She underwent mastectomy to remove the early stage of cancer from her breast. But two years later, her doctor declared that she has stage IV cancer. The cancer cells from her breast were not really abated but have spread to her brain.

Despite the pains and rigors of cancer treatment, my cousin Cecil remains positive all through her battle with cancer. Even up to her last remaining days, we know that she is holding on to her life. She loves her family so much that despite being sick she still think of their welfare. I remember her saying, “Kailangan maging malakas ang loob ko para sa pamilya.”

My cousin was laid to rest at Himlayang Pilipino on December 27.

Full story here: http://www.penname30.com/she-will-be-surely-missed/

Related story here: http://www.penname30.com/tales-of-two-women-with-cancer/