3.18.2008

seeking self-renewal


This is a re-post from one of the blogs I stalk. I felt like sharing it with my blogmates to help us all look into our lives and contemplate how we really are. The timing is simply perfect for this season of self-renewal and reflection.

There was a blind girl who hated herself because of her blindness.
Not only did she hate herself
but she hated everyone else,
except her loving boyfriend.

He was always there for her.
She said that if she could only see the world,
she would marry her boyfriend.


One day,
someone donated a pair of eyes to her
and then she could see everything,
including her boyfriend.

Her boyfriend asked her,
"now that you can see the world,
will you marry me?"


The girl was shocked
when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too,
and refused to marry him.
Her boyfriend walked away in tears,
and later wrote a letter to her that simply said.
"Just take care of my eyes dear."


This is how the human brain changes
when our status changes.
Only a few
remember
what life was like before
and even fewer remember
who to thank
for
always being there
even when times were painfully unbearable.


Today before you think of saying an unkind word
- Think of someone who can't speak.


Before you complain about the taste of your food
- Think of someone who has nothing to eat.


Before you complain about your husband or wife
- Think of someone who's crying out to God for a companion.


Today before you complain about life
- Think of someone who went too early to heaven.


Before you complain about your children
- Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.


Before you argue about your dirty house,
someone didn't clean or sweep
- Think of the people who are living in the streets.


Before whining about the distance you drive
- Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.


And when you are tired and complain about your job
- Think of the unemployed,
the disabled
and those who wished they had your job.


But before you think of pointing the finger
or condemning another
- Remember that not one of us
are without sin
and we all answer to one maker.


And when depressing thoughts
seem to get you down
- Put a smile on your face
and thank God you're alive
and still around.

Source: Heavenly Inspirations by Countess Demetria


At some point in our lives, we get to the part of the road where we feel too tired already. We complain. We ache. We weep. It is at such times that we should come back to Him and just surrender all our worries. All our heartaches. All our concerns. Only when we let go of our pain, allowing Him at the same time to heal us, will we feel renewed and reborn.

I stumbled upon Gary Valenciano's song entitled Letting Go. And I feel it speaks so much about how one's faith can do great things for one's self. I'm posting a customized video of the song. And to end, I'm wishing all of us a meaningful Lenten Season.



1 comment:

my life with bipolar disorder said...

Great post. The poems is very thought-provoking and really helps to reflect upon our lives. Thanks for sharing.