For a society that knows and talks too much
We seldom or do not at all listen; Our aim has become to hear and read, and not to understand.
For a society that does not want to be judged
We are always the quickest to pass judgment on others, most often, senseless and inaccurate.
For a society that boasts of a deep and devout religious beliefs
We are the most sinful, remorseless, and unapologetic righteous
For a society that’s known for its courage and bravery
We now hide behind the power of technology masquerading as warriors
For a society that’s praised and known worldwide for its humility
We have now become so arrogant of nothing.
Rough uneven edges
A shower of grains spilled at every bite
Salty, but not too overpowering to the taste
One pop after another
Can’t, won’t stop now
Leave the bag empty
Leave no trace, not a single grain in sight
Lick the remaining goodness on your fingertips
Anticipate the next bag you cut open wide.
Are there times when you get too overwhelmed with the wonderful things that are happening,
You’d have to pinch yourself to check if you’re dreaming
Feel the pain from the pinch, but be glad to have felt it
Feel the relief that everything is real and true
Then pray you’d stay wide-awake as everything unfolds ❤️
How is it possible
How fate brings two people together
Find each other
As if they had been searching all their lives
Walk the same path
Breathe the same air
Go past the rest of the people
And find each other
Ah, the wonders this universe brings
You can question all you want
Ask your how’s and your why’s
Go and try to scour the earth for answers
When all that matters
Is standing right in front of you
Holding your hand
Your world is as it should be
Two days ago, someone gave an offensive and unnecessary remark about the way I look. It left me hurt, sad, and very angry. I didn’t say anything at that instance, and opted to let my anger pass and calm myself, and confront that person the following day. I prayed on it, and finally resolved to just let the incident pass, choose my battles.
The following day, I chanced upon an article on The Female Network. It was a feature about Jodilly Pendre’s (Asia’s Next Top Model runner-up) own struggles (similar to mine), and how she lifted herself up from it. How very timely and apt to read about that. And right at that moment, I became even more convinced that I had made the right decision – – – to be the better person. I picked up an idea from Jodilly, to write to myself, as a way to release my anger and frustration, and eventually, let the hurt go.
The anger is gone, and I can laugh about it now.
Earlier, with a bunch of guts and kapal ng mukha, not expecting that Jodilly would even pay any attention, I wrote her a short message on Instagram to thank her for the inspiration and encouragement. I believe, when someone gives you inspiration and encouragement, you let that person know. That’s one of the many ways you can spread love, show appreciation, lift each other up, and hopefully, inspire as well.
She replied. 🙂
Smile. We’re all beautiful. ❤️
Yesterday, just as you were about to conclude what was supposed to be a great day, someone ruined it for you, with words that you feel (you believe) although meant to be funny as a joke, were unnecessary, offensive, and hurtful. That person might not have realized it, but her words stabbed you in the gut, quite badly. Her words left you embarrassed, angry, hurt, and worst of all, ashamed of the way you look.
Go ahead. I am allowing you some time to feel the pain. Cry if you must. Let it out, and let it go.
How very timely and apt that you chanced upon an article about someone else’s own struggles and how she lifted herself from such. It gave you some relief and assurance that you are not alone, didn’t it? You are not the only one who gets undermined for the way you look. You are not the only one who has body issues. Everybody has it. But these so-called body imperfections are what makes you who you are. These imperfections are what makes you, YOU. These imperfections make you beautiful.
Yes, Doreen, you are beautiful. Say it again. You are beautiful. One more time, and this time, mean it. You are beautiful.
Look, I know you’re tired of the hurt, the pain caused by people’s words, expectations, and opinions of you. Stop listening to those that pull you down, and start appreciating yourself for who and what you are. I know it isn’t easy. It never really is, but it is possible — attainable, and you can do it.
Realize and acknowledge that as you go through life, you will still meet more people who will size you up and judge you. Let them. Keep in mind that you can never really please everyone, and you don’t really, actually have to.
Cast away negativity, and keep yourself open to positivity, always.
I love you. ❤️
I can barely open my eyes
And the rectangular lamps that hang above me, promptly providing light are only making it worse
The loud bantering of people nearby are like a series of thunder in a sudden downpour
I want to just crawl, hide, cowl in the darkness
Take a deep sought-after breath, close my heavy eyes, lay in the peace that my pillows bring
Embrace the calm, everything is now quiet in its tranquil place.