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The Easter season had just ended yesterday with the Solemnity of Pentecost. Maybe I was too late to post these Easter egg photos in-season. But still, Easter eggs are nice symbolism of hope and new life. I pray that I will never give up on my struggles as I continue to renew myself everyday. Just recently I was inspired to say these three words to myself whenever things go wrong or I feel sad and disappointed: faith, patience and humility. They comfort me a lot.

I edited these photos just now as a way of relaxation (since I’m too full with all the workload). At least I did not waste my time with doing nothing. And I think it went pretty well considering the quality of the photos as they were just taken from a two-megapixel cellphone camera. I also added a subtle shade of pink to make it look more candy-like.

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I haven’t been very disheartened in my whole college life. And I have to sign every time I remember those disappointing moments even though I already tried hard to sweep them off my head. First, I was not able to do my best in my last three consecutive exams. Second, I was partly responsible for not doing a scheduled laboratory activity which made our professor angry. And to add into that, our group forgot to do yet another task which I am again responsible in assigning. This again, made our professor angry (I think). I have never made a professor very disappointed. And I am very much disappointed and disheartened with myself as well. I could have done a better job. These things may not sound enough for others to lose one’s spirit though. Maybe because I’m very much used to having my ideals and plans go the way I wanted them to be.

But of course I know that I shouldn’t be disheartened with these trifle things. I am pretty sure there are many more difficult times ahead. In meteorologist’s context, this is just a mere low pressure area compared to a devastating super typhoon.

And just before I made this post, I remember a beautiful poem I had to memorize in one of my CAT training sessions in my high school days. It’s title is “Don’t Quit”.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will.
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high.
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you
Must not quit.

What a beautiful poem. Anyway, I should also remember to be like a child. When a child falls, he cries. And quickly and trustingly, he accepts a helping hand from an adult; and he stops crying. Just soon after that, he already runs again freely as if nothing happened; the fall already forgotten.

Just now I realized, writing down this post has eased my spirit a little. For now I am listening to the soothing and happy instrumental songs of DEPAPEPE to raise my morale. And I should always remember that whatever happens, I am still God’s daughter child.

Oh yeah, one more thing. FLOW! (take from one of DEPAPEPE’s song). Just like water which does not stop trickling down, even to the tiniest crevices of the biggest and toughest rocks in the river until it reaches the sea.

I should have posted this since last February but I wasn’t able to due to time constraints. By the way, Kaka or “Kaloob Karunungan” scholars are children who were granted financial aid for their educational needs through the  kind and generous donations of parishioners of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman.

Valentines was already nearing at that time so we decided to let the children make their own Valentines card to their parents. We prepared the materials: lots of red and pink art papers, coloring pens and pencils, lots of scissors, glue, and white bond papers as base for the cards.

I also used to make Valentines card in my art classes during my elementary school days but I never had the will to give it to my parents. And so, I think it’s a really nice idea to have this activity for the Kaka scholars, and it was also a good opportunity for them to express their love and gratitude to their parents. I knew that some of them are kind of shy with expressing what they want to say (everyone else does too!), that’s why we encouraged and helped them with their cards.

It was really inspiring and heartwarming to see them do their best for the designs and messages; the imperfect heart cutouts, the childish and unpolished handwriting skills, etc. really reflects their efforts and makes you just smile quietly inside the heart. But there was a girl who didn’t seem to be very excited with this activity. I talked to her, asked her if I could help her cut some hearts for her card, but she didn’t reply. It turned out that she couldn’t write and so I asked her again if she’d be fine if she could dictate the message while I write it for her. But still, she didn’t reply and kept herself busy with other things. I wish I have understood her that time.

Then, one by one, we took their individual photos while holding their finished Valentines card. I could tell tat they were really happy. I hope their parents also felt the same way when they have read these cards made specially for them.

While I was making some personal Palanca letters for my friends, I decided to give something else other than the message. Then I thought of making a simple bookmark with a prayer printed on it. Because I only have little time left to finished about ten, I wasn’t able to make my own prayer. So, I just browsed in the internet.

Prayer for Friends
Lou Sanders

Lord, bless our friends today we pray,
Wherever they may be;
And help them as they go their way,
To keep their trust in Thee.
Lord, hear each prayer they raise to Thee,
And dry each falling tear;
And hover o’er them constantly,
For treasured friends are dear.
Surround them with Thy mercy,
Lord, Protect them by Thy power;
And let them feel Thy presence,
Lord, In every lonely hour.
Stand by them when the road is steep,
And no one seems to care;
Thy arm of love around them keep,
And whisper You are there.
And give them strength to bear the cross,
As through this vale they go;
And stand by them in every loss,
That they meet here below.
And when at last the hour shall be,
That life’s short journey ends;
O, let them lean the more on Thee,
And comfort these, our friends.
And open heaven’s gate, dear Lord,
And let them enter there;
For heaven will be heaven,
Lord, Because our friends are there.

The prayer is really good, sweet and thoughtful.