Getting There

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life ≈ Charles Darwin

But what if  at some points we experience the lack of the will to go on.  How do we relieve ourselves of this ennui?

In times like these, I believe we need to derive some inspirations from the wonders of nature and the people who surround our lives. When we need some energy, let’s try to step outside and touch the Earth with our feet, lift our face to the sun, breathe the air, listen to the birds and the wind through the trees.  Let’s glorify the creation that surrounds us.

Here, I share some sources of inspirations I gathered  from my favorite readings.

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1. Watch the sunrise and sunset from the best vantage point possible

This is one of the most beautiful sunrise I’ve seen in my life ( a view from our side of Hotel Meridien in Israel, The Dead Sea on the foreground).  Such a bright way to perk up your day by communing with nature first thing in the morning.  It’s as if someone up there is greeting you, “Hello, how are you doing?!”.. coupled with a wide and huge smile. 🙂

This beautiful sunset was taken from the deck of Microtel Hotel near the Mall of Asia. What a beautiful background for an overnight  bonding with a long time- no see friend, a bit nostalgic but a lot of recalling of happy moments. Also, a beautiful way to lull yourself into a deep slumber

2.  Observe birds in flight

This was taken by a friend based in Pnom Penh, Cambodia. Watching the birds fly in flock like this brings me a feeling of freedom despite being in a group.  Sights like this will always remind me of (Matthew 6:26)… Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Lucky is a man whom God so loved so much, much more than the birds in flight.

3.  Read books that help you to believe in the beauty of life

The Bible, the book of life, for me, the best book ever.. contains a lot of truth and inspirations more so as the verses come alive in our daily activities.

Also, I wouldn’t tire reading inspirations from authors such as Malcolm Gladwell, Paolo Coelho, Mitch Albom and their likes.

“The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.” — Rene Descartes

4.  Express Gratitude for your blessings

The Holy Land Tour I’ve joined the summer of 2011 is a fulfillment of a dream of a lifetime and I’m very thankful for all the lessons and the friends I’ve made throughout the journey.  Wow! Think about going back to civilization dating as far some 2000 or 3000 years back. Just seeing the ruins and hearing stories of heroism give me the goose bumps.  Isn’t that amazing?

A family is life’s best blessing and I’m always grateful for the loving family I was born into. This family may not be the best in the whole world but for me they always will be.  Though some have said their goodbyes forever, it is from them,  most especially my father, that I derive the inspiration to move on, press harder and fight till the end.  Whoah! I love this family!

5. Connect with Nature

This picture was taken of our  recent visit to Boracay, my second visit actually. The smell of a beach and the sound of the waves playing with the shore will always be a panacea to my wandering mind.  On a beach setting I could easily connect either alone or with a little help from some friends.

6.  Watch Children Play or Be A Child All Over Again

The following pictures were taken of our workshops and camp activities for kids in Calalay Elementary School in Quezon City and in Camp Explore, Calawis, Antipolo, respectively. Truly, children never fail to amaze me with their innocent questions.. and how they respond to our questions. 🙂

At times it really helps to appreciate their spirit and the way they express joy and live in the present, none of the past to haunt them nor of the future to worry then.  A true encounter with children could really give you some of life’s better and bitter lessons.

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” Angela Schwindt

7.  Allow Music to Move You

This picture was taken as I sing to the music of my heart in one of the occasions in my previous office in Bagac, Bataan.  I may not have the best of the singing voices in the world but I do love singing with all my heart and mind and soul and might, and enjoying it at the same time.  Music inhabits my soul.  For me it’s a form of praising, an expression of gratuity and sometime a form of release.   Most of the times though, I enjoying listening to the tunes of other people most especially the sound of children singing even if they are singing out of tune 🙂

 8.  Enjoy the Art of Nature

A parrot flower, sent by a friend through email, says we can find this in Thailand.  A picture can really paint a thousand words.  Nature never stops to amaze me with the wonders of its art.  Just by gazing at this piece enlightens my spirit and brings a smile to my face.  God is truly amazing.  He could entertain by just a simple piece of art.

9.  Pet a Furry Friend

This was taken in Pnom Penh, Cambodia, in the home of a friend.  Sometimes, animal seems a balm to a rather dull or frustrating day.  To be playful with playful animal releases some of the stress away.  I can still remember the fun we had as we play with our host’s doggie-dogie 🙂

10. Let the Water Clear Your Mind

Just a scene from the Hidden Valley in Alaminos, Laguna.  The water falls is another way of relieving yourself of stress from the daily bustles of life.   Allowing the water pressure to massage your back as you shout for the sheer fun of doing it really emanates some of the much needed positive energy.  Sometimes, the touch of water on your skin brings a healing effect on the mind, body and spirit, more so if such activity is done with  friends of old time and of all times.

11. Have a Good Laugh

This laugh picture was taken during a road trip to Tagaytay with some friends.  That day  was really spelled with laughter every shocking minute of the way. Keeping such friends on hand really helps a lot.

“Shared laughter creates a bond of friendships. When people laugh together, they cease to be young and old, teacher and pupils, worker and boss. They become a single group of human beings.”… W. Lee Grant

12. Smile as Often as You can

Think of how a smile from you could affect other people around you.  Just the act of smiling could really change your day.

A smile costs nothing but gives much.  It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.  Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.  ~Author Unknown

13.  Soak Your Cares Away

This was taken as we swim that unsinkable swim in the Dead Sea, IsraelFor a sinker like me, this is a much welcome variation. All you have to do is just lie there and relax  yourself to a mild slumber or stare at that deep blue sky or watch others have the fun of their life too. What an experience!

14.  Do Random Acts of Kindness

Do something nice for someone in need and allow others to do for you.  It need not be something so grand for the mere act of  helping someone cross the street does much both for the helped and the helper.  For the helped, it takes humility to accept that you can’t do it on your own and for the helper, it takes a heart inspired to make a difference.

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” — Flora Edwards

15.  Light a Candle

This picture was taken was taken at the laying ground of my parents and siblings.  We usually do this as a way of remembering our dearly departed as we reminisce too the light they have given us while they were still with us.  We light a candle and enjoy its  warmth while watching its fire dance and allowing it to cast a light in our lives.  When we do this while praying in all solemnity, we experience something ethereal and divine. 

 16.  Say I Love You

Tell someone you love them, and mean it or allow someone to express love to you.  Sometimes,  it doesn’t need to be a special someone. I believe that sometimes love need to be said too in order to affirm it.  Believe it or not, I even tell myself I love you several times a day even if that gives you the laugh of your day.. hahaha! 🙂 I actually do this for I believe that you need to have that love first within you to be able to pour it out to others around you.

17.  Remember the Good Times

When was the last time you ever climbed a tree?  Now witness this: three golden ladies who seemed to be afloat in their thoughts atop a tree.  Whoa!  This was a tree climb at the Ecopark, Quezon City with my  friends for all the seasons: yesterday, today and tomorrow.  I remember we had a simple get together just to reminisce olden times and what good memories it elicited.

 18.  Open Your Heart
Again with some of my generation friends when we treated ourselves to a much needed vacation in Krabi and Bangkok, Thailand.  There, we played just like kids do without inhibitions and reaching our limits.     What a fun, fun trip.  A real stress-buster. 

19. Let Good People and Places Abound 

At the Ecopark, this time with my family, this time around, the world turned into a happy and loving place as we celebrate my sister’s belated 60th birthday.  Wow, think of the discounts and freebies she’ll enjoy now that she belongs to the senior club 🙂

20.  Dream About the Life You Desire 

Make a list of things you would love to do if you had the time, money, and energy. Every day, allow yourself to daydream that they all come true!  Visit my bucket list to see what these dreams are all about.  Wow!  Guess what I am pondering on as I relish the beautiful sight before me at the Movenpick Hotel in Jordan.

21.  Make a Wish for World Peace

Make a wish or say a prayer for world peace, and in that moment, believe it can be so.  Sharing here a prayer for peace by Lao-Tse, the father of Taoism.


In closing, allow me to share a beautiful motivational quote:

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others but to get ahead of ourselves – to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterdays by our today; to do our work with more force than ever before.

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