“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles” – by Steven Covey
Since Spring term has started last month, my life has been a marathon of non-stop action. Juggling my teaching job, tutoring, married life, and graduate school has required me to create work around and a system of hot fixes and patches (to use computer metaphor) to keep things humming smoothly. I feel like I am a superwoman, except for at the end of the day I look like a rundown old tired sack of potatoes. I feel sorry for my husband who I know craves for my attention at times. Poor hubby! I am sure he would perfectly fit the description of a Desperate Husband should Hollywood come calling.
I guess that explains why my take for last week’s Photo Challenge is late. My schedule is crazy. If I am not cleaning the house or doing dishes, I am in front of the computer writing a report or research paper. Even when I do escape for “ME” time to the beach is now being consumed by brainstorming ideas for my Service Learning Project. And, that exactly was what I was going last weekend when a man in his ultra-light aircraft flew low in front, behind, and all around my husband and I while we were sitting on the beach. I was totally captivated! I dropped my notebook, dismissed any thoughts about my project, and for a moment he became the OBJECT of our attention. He obviously was having the time of his life. Oh boy, I was jealous!
“The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied.” – Confucius
Many of us kick off the start off the New Year by making resolutions. Last year, I made a list of 24 specific goals, and, as usual, I didn’t make it to the last one. I was able to accomplish 15 of them, however, which I thought was not so bad. So as 2014 dawns, I cut down my resolution to one. This year, all I want is to continue giving my very best each day; focusing only on what is good and what is worthy. Maybe, just maybe, I can keep it this year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!
“It is not how we begin; it is how we finish…” Borrowed quote
When I heard a former colleague at work talking about Atlantis, the first thing that came to my mind was Atlantis, the Sunken City. It did not occur to me that she was referring to the Atlantis Paradise Island, which is an amazing vacation resort located in the Bahamas.
Atlantis was part of our itinerary when we visited Bahamas last summer. I read a little bit about it before our trip, and yet I was still mesmerized when I first stepped in to its GRAND facility. One of the attractions at Atlantis is the Dig, which is a series of aquariums located beneath the lobby of the Royal Towers. For a moment, during our tour of the aquariums, I felt like I was transported to a magical aquatic kingdom. There were a lot of different aquatic species from sharks to mantra rays and jelly fish. It was just beautiful!
“I will grow. I will become something new and grand, but no grander than I am now. Just as the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness is not deficient.” – Wayne Dyer
I surely want to believe that we see the real person in ourselves, the way that we really are, when our persona is peeled off, one layer at a time, exposing everything we hold so dearly and secretly in life.
This week’s theme “layers” reminded me of the Filipino people who were affected by the Hayaian Typhoon, the strongest storm that ever hit landfall anywhere. The image of hungry, thirsty, and homeless people is heartbreaking. And yet, despite of nothingness and despair, still many of them have shown us strength and resiliency to go on in life with gratefulness and optimism.
To everyone who has shown support to our Filipino people, THANK YOU!
It is hard to ignore the beauty of nature when it is always at your doorstep. Since we have moved here in St. Pete Beach Florida, witnessing the spectacular tapestry of colors woven through the skies has become a regular occurrence – sunrise or sunset. Its beauty is just irresistible, it doesn’t matter how long or hard my day goes, I am rejuvenated by its magnificence and I relish it every single day.
The past few weeks after getting out of work, instead of jumping in the car and immediately driving home, it has become a habit for my husband and I to bask in its splendor with a seaside stroll. With the beautiful Florida fall weather, the beach walk is always a delight. Thanks for reading.
“Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes attitude realized.” -Paul Myer