A face that heals

Like kites without strings, and butterflies without wings, my mother taught me to soar with my dreams. – William H. McMurry III

My MotherI believe in you” were my mother’s supportive embrace when I needed a cane to push my laming spirit forward. “Your happiness is mine too” were my mother’s fortune wish behind my cloudy decisions.How can she always be present when sometimes I refused to accept her gift of affection like a madman running away from a healing cloak?

How can she be a healing face when I am beaten down with pride and pain?

Is it because she is a mother?

Through the years, I witness the essence of true love and forgiveness in her words and gestures. If my every thought for Mom can be likened to a flower, I will be walking through a big beautiful garden.

My words mean little to describe her and no words or actions can suffice to show my gratitude for having a mother like her.

Thank you Mom and Happy Mother’s Day!


Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. –Aristotle

Women are aristocrats, and it is always the mother who makes us feel that we belong to the better sort. –John Lancaster Spalding

Take the word “family.” Strike out the “m” for mother and the “y” for youth – and all you have left is “fail.” – Omar Burleson

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. –Washington Irving

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. –Meryl Streep

Mothers are like fine collectibles – as the years go by, they increase in value. – Unknown

The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven. – William Goldsmith Brown

What are Raphael’s Madonnas but the shadow of a mother’s love, fixed in permanent outline forever? –Thomas Wentworth Higginson

My mom is a never ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. – Graycie Harmon

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. –Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine – she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. –Adabella Radici

[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. –Emily Dickinson

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. –Victor Hugo

Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing. –Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.”
Abraham Lincoln

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. –Washington Irving

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
Abraham Lincoln

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.”- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.”- Albert Einstein

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class.”- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.”- Arnold Bennett

A mother is she who can take the place of all others but
whose place no one else can take.”- Cardinal Mermillod

A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”
Dorothy Canfield Fisher

If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers.”
Edgar Watson Howe

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”- George Washington

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”- Henry Ward Beecher

What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.”
Henry Ward Beecher

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”- Honore’ de Balzac

Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.”- Hosea Ballou

A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is.” –Keith L. Brooks

The phrase “working mother” is redundant.”- Jane Sellman

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”- Jewish proverb

A boy’s best friend is his mother.”- Joseph Stefano

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.”- Kate Douglas Wiggin

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”- Lin Yutang



Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. – King Whitney Jr.

“Go back to Italy. There’s no future for you here in the Philippines”, quipped my brother when he sensed my decision to stay in our country permanently. “Future” is one dream for thousands of Filipinos who wanted to go abroad, seek greener pastures and live well: materially!.


It’s official – I’m staying and am joining the ranks of the ordinary self-employed in our country. Everyone is asking me why in the world I’d risk leaving a stable job – with great people, good economic compensation, better retirement benefits, secured health insurance, etc. – for something with no guarantees or unstable life.

The best answer I came up with: I want to know how the story’s going to end, and I can’t do that without a serious commitment to STOP COMPROMISING.

Inside of us have these competing desires or needs between security and independence, oftentimes, we always end up halfway between them, resulting to frustrations. I have to make a choice and take an overwhelming risk and courage to face an awful or an embarrassing failure.

I believe it is not yet too late to believe in working and living with minimal stress using our creativity, intelligence, and authenticity.

This is another important chapter in my life. My passion is driving me to make a new page, here is where the magic begins. The price of admission is high but I’m sure, miracles will supply me the resources I need for my endeavor.


You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world. – Tom Brokaw

It is never too late to become what you might have been. – George Eliot

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. – Andy Warhol

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. – Carol Burnett

Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix. –Christina Baldwin

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. – Harrison Ford

Things do not change; we change. – Henry David Thoreau

Nothing endures but change. – Heraclitus

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Tolstoy

Hard work, sacrifice and focus will never show up in tests. – Lance Armstrong

The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart. – John Welwood

Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat. – Caroline Schoeder

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstacy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed. – I. Krishnamurti

Nothing is easy to the unwilling. – Thomas Fuller

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain. – Maya Angelou

The shape of our lives is defined by our insertion into institutions and systems whose interlocking power generates the “virtual reality” we experience. Such ‘knowledge’ is so thoroughly a part of our world view that it simply would not occur to most people to question it. Yet underneath this reality is another, sub-institutional reality in which very different responses are simply acted out. This is the reality in which everyone, until very recently, lived. – David Schwartz

The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. – Marilyn Ferguson

Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass. – John Steinbeck

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don’t, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions. – Jessamyn West

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. – John Schaar

Don’t fear change, embrace it. – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow. – Goethe

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately, 2. Do it flamboyantly, 3. No exceptions. – William James

Change in all things is sweet. – Aristotle

If you are still being hurt by an event that happened to you at twelve, it is the thought that is hurting you now. – James Hillman

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers. – Unknown

When you blame others, you give up your power to change. – Dr. Robert Anthony

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. – Robert Frost

A reporter interviewing A.J. Muste, who during the Vietnam War stood in front of the White House night after night with a candle, one rainy night asked,”Mr. Muste, do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here alone at night with a candle?” Muste replied, “Oh, I don’t do it to change the country, I do it so the country won’t change me. – Andrea Ayvazian