Among many other things, the Lord chose to create my heart.
A heart that ultimately, beats out of His will.
He holds my heart, not in captivity, but in love.

By God’s grace, I am connected
–with stars shining above me
–with the grass beneath my feet
–with the birds chirping in the morning
–and with the people living around me.

Truly, all are blessed and dignified by His grace.

GOD,
from the bottom of my heart,
thank you.

Thank you for loving me
and
for never leaving me.

I am imperfect and flawed
yet God,
You never abandon me.

So please.
Please never let me go.

As cheesy as this may sound,
I will hold unto to You.
I will because I love You.

Giving God a Chance

I WONDER:

If a Benevolent and Merciful Being such as God exists, then, wouldn’t we, as humans, want to do everything possible in order to get to know Him and embrace Him? If this Being is real and this Being is the epitome of eternal love, justice, and mercy, wouldn’t we want to gravitate towards such Beauty, Richness, and Peace?

I WISH:

I hope that before people completely closed their hearts to God/the Supreme Being, they first gave themselves a real chance to study, contemplate, and seek God. If their first “spiritual” journey failed, then I hope that they would conduct another journey twice, thrice, or even more–until their hearts and minds reach a point of unshakeable conviction in a matter that is as serious as God. I believe that only until then–only after such deep contemplation and study (of not only a single faith or religion)–can one truly decide whether or not all faith in such a Being must be abandoned.

As you can see, last night, I had a deep conversation with one of my closest friends. I ended that talk by telling him this: “Give God a chance.” Don’t get me wrong here; I am not a deeply religious person nor am I anywhere close to being a missionary. When I told him that, I was actually asking him if he could give himself another chance of learning more about God. If his prior experience with his past religion was bitter and shallow, I hope that he still would find the energy and passion to keep his heart and mind open to THE ONE. It doesn’t mean that if his prior spiritual journey has failed, all consequent ones would also fail. It wouldn’t be fair to say that all faith in God is false and pointless if one has not even exhausted, genuinely and passionately, all possible means in order to discover The One.

Of course, studying every divinely-inspired faith/religion out there might be extremely tedious–even close to impossible. However, if a being such as God exists, and if God is indeed the perfection of all Love, Peace and Glory, then would we, as humans, let one, two or even three blunders stop us from discovering The One? Would we let one failed spiritual quest completely convince us that all faith in God must be abandoned? Shouldn’t we be generous enough in giving ourselves a real chance, in fact several chances, to finding this Being of True Love and Mercy?

I RESOLVE:

Surely, as a person of faith, I would say that any person who would genuinely and actively seek God will eventually find his/her way to Him. However, if it so happens that even after patiently and passionately doing countless quests in order to seek God, a person, at the last breath of his life, still convinces himself that all faith in God must be abandoned, then I would still admire that person for he displayed that genuine and active pursuit towards finding truth. Yes, we would both die believing in different things, but at least, both of us, as human beings, lived our lives in pursuit of truth and love.

If I may end with a quotation from Rumi:

“Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it.”

The Blind Side

“So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.” -J.K. Rowling

In an effort to inspire me, one of my friends made me listen to the commencement speech J.K. Rowling gave in front of the graduating Harvard community. Her speech was an inspiring one. She talked about the benefits of failure to a multitude of people who are easily branded as some of the world’s over-achievers. She speaks about how a failure can be liberating.

As with my other post, I’ve expressed how failures can move us to achieve more. It opens up a new path for us to explore and conquer. It gives us the opportunity to rise up despite the setback. It tests our level of conviction in life and, it pushes us further to commit until we achieve.

In fact, at times, a failure is a blessing in itself. It deviates us towards another path of growth and success–a path that we would not have considered if we did not fail in the first place. Sometimes, we wrap our minds with the idea that there is only one specific path in order for us to become successful. We become too scared to fail because we think that life will begin to crumble unless we get to achieve our goal–the way we wanted it to be.

Then again, as human beings, we must acknowledge that we can’t control everything. No matter how passionate we are, at times, we really are doomed to stumble and fall. When we gain the courage to stand up from this fall, we find ourselves traversing alternative paths that we have not considered before. We become more open-minded and are given the chance to consider a different path towards maximizing our potentials, talents and wit all the more.

Call it Divine Intervention or what, failures are sometimes painful blessings that lead people towards the right direction. We may not understand it at the present moment but years from now, usually, everything starts to makes sense. We become wiser and realize that it was in fact necessary for us to stumble first, to be deviated towards another path, in order for us to become the person we were set to be. Eventually, in the future, we do not regret the failure that has hurt us deeply but rather, become thankful that it has happened to us.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that everything has been set out “planned” for us. We do, to some extent, have control over our lives. Once we fail, we are given the choice to decide what we’re going to do right after. Should we stand up once again or should we just give up? Should we give it another shot or should we traverse another path instead? There are many choices that we can make. What’s important is that whatever decision we come up with, that decision is grounded on hope, faith and determination. There is so much more that we can do in this world that usually, it only takes one failure for us to plunge into a multitude of different opportunities.

Life goes on, my fellow sojourner. So should you.

Integrity

“Do what you feel in your heart to be RIGHT–for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

There may be those who would criticize you for doing what is right, such as for saying the truth when it is most inconvenient, but remember… Remember to always CARRY ON. Do what you feel in your heart to be right and fear none but God.