The Joy in a Sprout

I am currently living in Middle East, Bahrain specifically, wherein she only have 2 seasons – the super summer and winter. Summer is from late March to Early December and winter is from late December to early March. I like winter more than summer of course because of the many nice things that I benefit during this season:
– lower electricity consumption
– lower petrol (car) consumption
– you don’t get burn when you go outside
– people are not that smelly (hehehe…..)
– the air is fresher
– the plants are healthy and smiling

And the opposite of all of the above is summer which has the most months in every year. But it is during summer when i get to eat most nice fruits and some veggies that I like. So every other Saturday; me, Chrissy, Tita Aida and Tita Babes go to Manama Central Market coz there is where we can buy a fresh and cheaper produce.

At home I don’t throw away the seeds of fruits and vegetables that I cook and prepare. I dry them instead. After couple of weeks I will plant it to my mini garden at my terrace. Sometimes it’s kinda trial and error thing if these seeds will sprout and grow because it is really really hot in the summer in this part of the world. So when I see a sprout…..my joy!!!!

What can I learn from the sprout?  Why do I have joy within me?

  • GOD’s righteousness and faithfulness

Isaiah 61:11 (NASB), “For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations.

  • Hope

Job 14:7 (NASB), ““For there is hope for a tree,
When it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And its shoots will not fail.

And in this side of the world which summer can be as hot as 50 degrees, it is impossible to have plants grow coz even the water use for watering is also hot.  That is why the moment that seed show up a promising grin/green, that is something!

 

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I have an encounter with one client yesterday, “and men….” I told myself. People who are allergic to people who do / making mistakes or afraid of making mistakes (in short….perfectionist??) are so unhappy people (I think!). They’re the ones who are close to 6 feet under the ground coz their enthusiasm is so little that their heart doesn’t have an exercise. I would assume as well that these kind of people are looking far far from their age because they only know one expression….poker face! There is a dog who look like that….what’s it called again? “bulldog”

Also, long exposure to these kind of people will make you one as well. It’s contagious…be careful!

“Contagious” —- I remember during my college days. I used to live in a boarding house, a room with 6 occupants. I was then a very “me, myself and I” person. Show off who I am. Don’t care if I make friends or not….kinda like “this is me, want me or hate me” person. So, if I am upset, I am upset! If I like you, I like you! If i don’t like you, I don’t like you! So here comes a test to this behaviour/attitude…..I have a clash with a boardmate. Didn’t talk for almost a month (just for a silly reason really?!). Then I think she had enough so she indirectly say to me (she is actually telling it to me but she is talking to the instant noodle that she is cooking), “I hate this behaviour, this is contagious! No wonder you don’t have friends!”

Wow….that changed me totally in dealing with people. I don’t want to be contagious in a bad way, it’s not a good asset isn’t it? So I broke my pride and talk to her the afternoon. Everything’s fine from then on and I am pretty sure that we’ll just laugh at this when we talk about it.

So yeah….for people who have such an attitude, I can only tell you my experience and what I’ve learned. It is still your choice. But isn’t it nice if you are being called contagious but in a good way? Contagious laugh. Contagious beauty. Etc. Etc.

Ciao….stay strong and happy y’all!!!

I’ve learned….

This is a compilation of the many lessons I’ve learned through life since I can remember! Sharing them as I’ve wrote them first (no date mentioned but in my calculation, year 2004!) Don’t judge! ;-P ^_^

I’ve learned that….
….when you find the best company, you’ll live with them forever.
….the true hapiness is found in the presence of the LORD.
….it is not easy to let go of a TRUE FRIEND.
….it is not enough that you have education, you also must have good relationship with people.
….you’ll still be dependent with your parents even after you graduated college.
….if you have fought to a certain person, it takes time to heal and forget the issue.
….love will conquer all even the biggest failure you’ve committed.
….the best way of forgetting your problems is by listening inspirational songs with Christian lyrics.
….Word of GOD fattens your spiritual worthiness.
….GOD is the BEST Friend you’ll ever find.
….in every happiness there is always loneliness.
….when you get even with someone, you’ll just letting that someone continue to hurt you.
….there are people who like you just because they want something from you.
….real people are hard to find.
….you’ll find true happiness when you’ve accepted JESUS in your life.
….it is relieving when you accomplished one of your plans.
….if it’s not GOD’s will, whatever it is you do, you’re not satisfied.
….a person with no love, no sincerity is seen.
….having a degree is not enough to say that you’ve proven your worth being a student unless you’ve gotten a job with that degree.

Kinda felt like 1% of King Solomon here. ^_^

My first song composition

As promised I will showcase all my first here and I want to start with my first song composition (unfinished!)

November 13, 2002

Bakit ako’y nananaghoy
Kahit ako’y nagtitiwala na SAYO
Dahil sa salit-salit na panlilibak
Ay napipilitan akong tanungin KA

Oh, Panginoon ako’y patawarin MO
Sa ganitong pag-uugali ko
Dahil sa mga hirap ko
Hindi ko na alam kung ano ang gagawin ko

Marapat na ngang ako’y tulungan MO
Naniniwala ako na walang imposible SAYO
At naniniwala ako na hindi MO
Pababayan o iiwanan ang lahat ng naniniwala SAYO

I guess I need to finish it soonest……..^_____^

The start of my writing….

(From Wikipedia) Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language, but a tool developed by human society. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar, and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, maintaining culture, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BCE, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form.[1] In both ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica, writing may have evolved through calendrics and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events.

When did I start writing? What motivates me to write? How does it help me?

I started to write a journal or randoms when I was 10 years old. (I am looking for my old notes and trying to find my first entry but there are too many too little time to look for it, I might one day bumped into it and I’ll post it…promise!)

It was one lazy afternoon, my cousins and siblings were playing on our backyard then the next thing I know I have already composed a story about it (mind-wandering I guess). It felt commending to have a page of your thoughts and to think that it is out of nowhere. It gives a boost or pride on self to have this kind of fulfillment – simple but making an impact. It felt gratifying especially when I am going back to it, re-reading it. It gives me that certain grin and tell myself “I did this?” And those are some of the benefits or good returns of writing to me.

But wait, that’s not the start of it?! I think it started when I got a “Best in Penmanship” accolade from my teacher during my grade school years. She kindly say that the stroke of the letters and the way I did my “a” is very thorough. And then when I showed that note from my teacher to my Aunt, who happen to have a say or voice in everything to the family then, gave me an incentive for a job well done!

So ever since then, I write every thought I have. I compose a song. I compose a poem. I write recipes that I want to try someday. I write the songs that inspires me, quotes that struck me and verses that I want to memorize. I write my heartaches. I write my celebrations and accomplishments. I write about that boyfriend who wronged me or loved me. I write about that horrible person I met. I write about that friend who inspires me and helped me. I write about GOD’s goodness and faithfulness to me. I write about the desire to have intimacy with my Maker. I basically write everything to make me feel calm. I write if I want to “steady my heart”. Pen and paper for me are my 2 most secretive and dependable best friends. These two even know me and my GOD’s secrets.

So yeah…hope you (my readers be inspired to write as well!)

I will be showcasing here as well all my first…..compositions! ^_^

GOD bless……

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21.05.2017 – 12:57pm
Sitting at Tim Hortons. Just finished one (1) meeting and mind-wandering again. Meeting was productive. There’s a possibility of hitting two birds with one stone – potentially get them as client and possible job opportunity. It would be amazing if it happen.

Thinking what to write……………

“To Leave or Not to Leave” that is the question. I have been contemplating, properly weighing and earnestly praying for the possibilities – “What If?”. I haven’t reached the final verdict yet but there is a fat chance that I want to leave. Just today morning while taking a bath, in the comfort of bubbles, I am imagining myself building my property’s walls with steel net. I am:
– Calculating how many hollow blocks needed to put half wall
– How many bags of cement
– I want to elevate a bit the level of the ground, so how many trucks of earth.
– Watch Youtube for security around the property like CCTV, alarm on the gate walls, lights and how to save electricity from doing all these.
– Plant some veggies then hang them on the steel net around the property wall.
– Build hanging cabinets.
– Subscribe the fiber optic landline from PLDT.
– Office at home

All about how to be safe and improve my house. ^___^
All about how I can work in the comfort of my home. ^__^

Haaaaaay…..I wish! This somehow makes me forget what’s the difficulty at hand. It makes me motivated.

Again, thanks Daddy GOD for this! <3<3<3

Random 101

It’s 1:20am and am still awake.  Currently facing one of the greatest testings of life – the unending brawling and bickering with the “partner” on WhatsApp.  I am talking with GOD on my mind – figuring, debating, contemplating the possible solutions to this unending drama of my life.  Then, this statement, “Claire, I think you are more expressive in your writing than you are speaking (public or in front of audience)” of a friend reminded me to write this blog.

Though, I kinda agree with her but I think I credit it more with how fast ideas, thoughts crawls in my mind. I have a restless wandering mind and bugged with so many information that needed to be remembered and be shared (somehow) to others (if there are who read this!).

(From WIKIPEDIA) Mind-wandering (sometimes referred to as task-unrelated thought) is the experience of thoughts not remaining on a single topic for a long period of time, particularly when people are engaged in an attention-demanding task.

Mind-wandering tends to occur during driving, reading and other activities where vigilance may be low. In these situations, people do not remember what happened in the surrounding environment because they are preoccupied with their thoughts. This is known as the decoupling hypothesis. Studies using event-related potentials (ERPs) have quantified the extent that mind-wandering reduces the cortical processing of the external environment. When thoughts are unrelated to the task at hand, the brain processes both task-relevant and unrelated sensory information in a less detailed manner.

Mind-wandering appears to be a stable trait of people and a transient state. Studies have linked performance problems in the laboratory and in daily life. Mind-wandering has been associated with possible car accidents. Mind-wandering is also intimately linked to states of affect. Studies indicate that task-unrelated thoughts are common in people with low or depressed mood.  Mind-wandering also occurs when a person is intoxicated via the consumption of alcohol.

It is common during mind-wandering to engage in mental time travel or the consideration of personally relevant events from the past and the anticipation of events in the future. Poet Joseph Brodsky described it as a “psychological Sahara”, a cognitive desert “that starts right in your bedroom and spurns the horizon”. The hands of the clock seem to stop; the stream of consciousness slows to a drip. We want to be anywhere but here.

Studies have demonstrated a prospective bias to spontaneous thought because individuals tend to engage in more future than past related thoughts during mind-wandering. The default mode network is thought to be involved in mind-wandering and internally directed thought.

There you go…..when I am in this state; I don’t care who listens, I don’t see people looking or steering at me like nothing, I will say whatever I want to say and it’ll make me feel better and back to my solace.

In my thoughts, I have an opinion in/with everything.  I can say the words that I want to say which in turn comfort me, appease me and give me a bit of grin on my face.

In my thoughts, I can choke somebody or punch somebody without that person ever feeling it.  I remember King David in some of his Psalms which he invoked judgment, calamity, or curses, upon one’s enemies or those perceived as the enemies of God. This is the kind of relationship that he has with his Maker that he can say anything and everything to GOD…..it is his mind-wanderer thingy then birthed it to his writings.  *Awesome*

In my thoughts I already built my dream “Safe Haven Cafe” or being a chef, or creating my own sofa, benches and dining table for my house or I am travelling somewhere around Europe (who I’m with doesn’t matter) or won the argument with my “partner” or in a remote place somewhere in Philippines or Africa on a mission.

In my thoughts I am talking to this youth person that’s getting into my nerves and I am telling her why I don’t like how she sits in the santuary or how she talks to momshies or how loud her laugh is.

Putting it in writing on the other hand, I guess gives life to my thoughts so when I get to read it, I will be encouraged or victorious (especially the thought that I won that argument with the “partner” or all ends well.  I can say also that writing gives some ease to my current situation.  My pen and paper are my confidanté, my friend who only listens….kinda like a “letter to GOD” thingy.  There is a certain offloading going on when my thoughts are being penned.  It makes my feeling lighter and “okay again” state.

So from my endocardium, I thank GOD for the provisions of blog sites, pen and paper.

P.S. To you who’ll view or read this post, I would like to hear your mind-wandering stories.

GOD bless! ^_^