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An Extraordinary Life

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.

– Albert Schweitzer

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Papsi… You are indeed extraordinary. Congratulations on this tremendous honor. I am extremely proud of you. Parting is such sweet sorrow, and I will always look back in fondest memories of you, your family and how you warmly welcomed me in your lives. You are and always will be an inspiration to me. I love you Papsi-cle and may Allah keep and protect you always.

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Thankful Today and Everyday

Today…

I am thankful for an understanding family that unconditionally loves me

I am thankful for good health.

I am thankful for good role models. They inspire me everyday.

I am thankful for my brother.

I am thankful for my crazy parents.

I am thankful for my critics. They help me sharpen my skills and gifts.

I am thankful for my grandmothers. Their wisdom is priceless.

I am thankful for my life.

I am thankful for my trials and heartaches. They taught me so much.

I am thankful for second chances.

I am thankful for the luxury to give than ask.

I am thankful for the opportunity to make a living.

I am thankful for the pleasure of being able to read a good book.

I am thankful for the ability to express myself  through writing.

I am thankful for a discerning and clear mind.

I am thankful for true and reliable friends.

I am thankful I have the opportunity to get to know the Lord more and thank Him for loving and protecting me.

I am thankful today and everyday of my life…

How about you? What are you thankful for today?

 

The Cost Of Friendship: How Much Are You?

Just a little over breakfast, my dad was complaining about a friend who would not pay back money he owed him. He mentions that this person would completely disregard their friendship just for a measly few hundred pesos.

Over the years and through experience as well, I have come to the conclusion that money is the best instrument to test a person’s character, or in this case, the authenticity of a friendship. And quite surprisingly, I have met people who have failed this test time and time again.

I don’t borrow money. Not because I have an abundance of it, but because my pride gets in the way (which, I must admit, is a work in progress on my end). I cannot fathom the fact that I borrow money, even from my parents. If I have to work 2-3 jobs, then so be it. Call it whatever you want, I refuse to ask for money. But give me a job that pays, then I am up for it. Money is something I value. I value it because of what it represents: good, honest hard work. I can say, in full conviction, everything that I have bought and invested on comes from my God-given, money-making brain.

This is why it astounds me that some people can just easily ask for dole outs when they know they are fully capable of earning/making it.

I am not the one to point fingers, but I have observed that some would even use the power of your friendship for money, connections and status. This is a reality we all have to live with and I am extremely careful of.

So how do I test the authenticity of friendship? What better barometer than money.

This belief of mine is summed up well in the book of Luke: He, who is faithful in a very little thing, is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much (16 v. 10).

Scripture points out to the very quality of having Great Character: Integrity.

How much does my friendship cost? It costs nothing. The pleasure of my company (or lack of it), costs nothing. But let me tell you this, good and real friendships should not cost you a cent. In fact, friendships are one of the best pleasures in life that are free!

And if you failed the money litmus test, then you not only lost a good friend but you sold yourself as well and for what? For a measly, few hundred pesos.