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    I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. – Christopher Reeve

    Restlessness of mind, grumbling thoughts and monstrous fears begin to tickle a sense of frustration  inside me.  I am facing a brick wall! Frozen stiff, I let my mind wander back in time, searching for each particular  moments in my life when I decided to change  my journey or road trips. Scanning every event, all turns and curbs, an obstacle never failed to greet me along my path.

    There and then, obstacle became my faithful companion. Initially, I started to complain of its insistence to follow my road and attention. Obstacle has a way of meddling with my time, with money, my health, my beliefs, my commitment and responsibilities, my relationships, my fears and goals etc. I cried at its presence, complaining of its persistent way to block and humiliate me.

    Slowly in time, I discovered obstacle’s other side, a positive one. My attitude and paradigm towards it changed and its harsh ways taught me lessons in life :

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    1. In danger, I achieved courage.
    2. Between inspiration and desperation, I have a choice.
    3. In suffering, I learned patience.
    4. With illness, I found out the value my health, my senses, my body, my mind.
    5. With sadness, I appreciated happiness.
    6. After a bitter experience, I cherished its sweetest taste.
    7. With my limitations, I am exposed to go beyond my capabilities.
    8. After a defeat, I gained self-confidence.
    9. My lack of knowledge, focus and clarity confused me into making a mountain out of a mole hill. I discovered humour.
    10. With my gift of dream, I acquired knowledge of never giving up on it. “Remember and act on it”, I promised myself.
    11. In humiliation, I discovered that failure is learning, creativity, and innovation.
    12. In self-pity and solitude, I uncovered that conviction and love is movement.
    13. With failures, it harnessed my determination to form habits of success and not of failure.
    14. The only person responsible to see obstacles as a necessity, not a burden, is ME.
    15. In poverty, I realized what is essential in my life and enjoyed its simplicity like a child.
    16. Without obstacles, life would be boring and what a bland personality, with little character would  I have.
    17. With obstacles, my life became rooted in Faith. I need to believe in God because it uplifts my heart and gladdens my soul.

    Now, I remember that trace when I accepted obstacle as my teacher. I thought I have learned its lessons. I guess, my life’s lesson is not enough, for obstacle is nodding at me again. It is dancing time again with obstacle. I have to practice my rhythm in various life’s music. Let’s leap and skip with obstacle even with a tear in our eye.

    Now, close your eyes and imagine: a huge boulder on your way. What will you do?
    You have three options: run into the boulder repeatedly, complain about the boulder being in the way, or find a way around the boulder.

    Will you accept the boulder for what it is: an obstacle? I suggest that you accept that you cannot go through it. Do not panic, and waste time and energy worrying about the obstacle. Instead, make your own path around the obstacle, either over the boulder, around the boulder, or under the boulder.

    T-shirt of Obstacle

    I am challenging you to to be a hero as how I quoted Christopher Reeve  about obstacle.

    Turn obstacles to your advantage, and move forward where others are afraid to go.

    The birth of Jesus   is not a fable but a story of overcoming endless obstacles like fear, rejection, politics, humiliation, murder, poverty of the manger, etc to give us hope and faith that in spite of everything,  LIFE is still beautiful!

    Merry Christmas to each one of you!


    Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams

    “The greatest obstacle to progress is prejudice.” – Bavee

    The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path.” – Bhagavad Gita

    Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along too.” – Lawrence Bixby

    The obstacles you face are… mental barriers which can be broken by adopting a more positive approach.” – Clarence Blasier

    The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

    You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.” – Les Brown

    “The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.” “It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” –Hellen Keller

    It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.” – Claude M. Bristol

    The lover thinks more often of reaching his mistress than the husband of guarding his wife; the prisoner thinks more often of escaping than the gaoler of shutting his door; and so, whatever the obstacles may be, the lover and the prisoner ought to succeed.” –Stendhal

    A barrier is of ideas, not of things.” – Mark Caine

    It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere.” – Charles The Bold

    The mere fact that you have obstacles to overcome is in your favor…” – Robert Collier

    The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.” – Havelock Ellis

    As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    A desire can overcome all objections and obstacles.” – Gunderson

    It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

    For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” – Bette Howland

    In each age men of genius undertake the ascent. From below, the world follows them with their eyes. These men go up the mountain, enter the clouds, disappear, reappear, People watch them, mark them. They walk by the side of precipices. They daringly pursue their road. See them aloft, see them in the distance; they are but black specks. On they go. The road is uneven, its difficulties constant. At each step a wall, at each step a trap. As they rise the cold increases. They must make their ladder, cut the ice and walk on it., hewing the steps in haste. A storm is raging. Nevertheless they go forward in their madness. The air becomes difficult to breath. The abyss yawns below them. Some fall. Others stop and retrace their steps; there is a sad weariness. The bold ones continue. They are eyed by the eagles; the lightning plays about them: the hurricane is furious. No matter, they persevere.” – Victor Hugo

    When man meets an obstacle he can’t destroy, he destroys himself.” – Ryszard Kapuscinski


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    Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

    Caring patiently
    “How’s your life in Italy?”, my grandfather asks me while I am helping him trim and clean the roots of his bonsai plants. Looking at his bonsai collections, one can sense the rhythm and blend of time, care, slow but sure growth and beauty and it’s not surprising to feel its power to evoke from us rare depths of thoughts.

    My grandfather confirmed that bonsai is a well known catalyst for spiritual and philosophical musings. I’m not surprised, knowing my grandfather’s wisdom.

    “You were here September of last year and It’s only May and you’re back again…how are you Ross?” His mild voice gives me self-assurance and confidently, he passes me a new bonsai plant, “look at it carefully and trim around as you want it.”

    I accept the plant without answering his question. There is a peaceful silence between us as we proceed on trimming, bending and wiring its branches to give it a new shape.

    Deep inside me, I know he understand my stillness. He respects my time like the way he patiently waited for these bonsai plants to slowly develop its roots, its branches, its shape.

    Hours passed by and the cathartic effect of the plants finally released my stress and worries.
    “Lolo (grandfather in English), it’s hard living alone in Italy. I haven’t seen a single Filipino from where I live…” My words kept on flowing ushering melancholic truth about my job, my co workers, the Italian culture, the distance from familiar faces…

    He listens attentively. Silence again. The air becomes crisp. I can feel the wind whirling around me with the damp air splashing my face. I survey the horizon of dancing clouds and distant mountains searching for an answer if I should go back to Italy.

    Suddenly, I hear him gently say: “Here, please take this box, I’ve prepared it for your homecoming. Inside, you will find essential things  necessary  to survive a new day, wherever you are.”

    I opened the box, and found these things with a message around it. I discovered my priorities as well. Thank you grandpa!

    Pick up the good quality


    … to remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.

                                                             (Matthew 7:1)

    Be flexible


    to remind you to be flexible. Things may not always go the way you want, but they can be worked out.                                            (Romans 8:28)

    For Healing


    to remind you to heal hurt feelings, whether yours or someone else’s.

                                                                                (Colossians 3:12-14)



    to remind you everyone makes mistakes. That’s okay, we learn by our errors.

                                                                                          (Genesis 50:15-21)

    Give attention


    to remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment everyday.  (1 John 4:7)



      to remind you to stick with it and  you can accomplish anything. (Philippians 4:13)

    List of blessing 


     … to remind you to list your blessings every day.(Ephesians 1:3)

    Your worth


    to remind you that you are worth a mint to your family. (John 3:16-17)

    Time to relax                    

    TEA BAG                                 

    to remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of God’s blessings.

     (  1 Thessalonians 5:18)

    Yes, Dalai Lama is right ” love and compassion are necessities to survive and my grandfather understood it…his bonsai collection is a dazzling  art to behold!


    But the human body has an enormous capacity for adjusting to trying circumstances. I have found that one can bear the unbearable if one can keep one’s spirits strong even when one’s body is being tested. Strong convictions are the secret of surviving deprivation; your spirit can be full even when your stomach is empty.” – Nelson Mandela

    If a thing is old, it is a sign that it was fit to live. Old families, old customs, old styles survive because they are fit to survive. The guarantee of continuity is quality. Submerge the good in a flood of the new, and good will come back to join the good which the new brings with it. Old-fashioned hospitality, old-fashioned politeness, old-fashioned honor in business had qualities of survival. These will come back.” – Eddie Rickenbacker

    Deeds survive the doers.” – Horace Mann

    Surviving a downturn is a bit like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel: when you hit bottom, you’re either dead or happily bobbing in calmer waters.” – Ted Pile

    Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” Bruce Lee

    Do not despair of life. Think of the fox, prowling in a winter night to satisfy his hunger. His race survives; I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.” – Henry David Thoreau

    The rhythm of life is intricate but orderly, tenacious but fragile. To keep that in mind is to build the key to survival.” – Shirley Hufstedler

    Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual’s instinct for self preservation.” –Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

    Even memory is not necessary for love.
    There is a land of the living and a land
    of the dead and the bridge is love,
    the only survival, the only meaning.” –Thornton Wilder

    In a world where change is inevitable and continuous, the need to achieve that change without violence is essential for survival.” –Andrew Young

    So you think that money is the root of all evil? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil? . . . Not an ocean of tears nor all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor. . . . Or did you say it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love it’s nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men.” – Ayn Rand

    I believe that for permanent survival, man must balance science with other qualities of life, qualities of body and spirit as well as those of mind – qualities he cannot develop when he lets mechanics and luxury insulate him too greatly from the earth to which he was born.” – Charles Lindbergh


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