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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

You Tube Tuesday




IT's...


a day set aside for sharing our favorite video.
Thanks to our genius Josh at Its Tiger Time 






God's voice was muffled... 
so I went outside my room
and there...
amidst the people He gave me to love...
I heard Him singing a sweet song...





Sunday, August 28, 2011

Only Through Time




Oooo September's coming and I'll be turning "..." 
I've never felt this 

                                                   blasé

 except for this year. 
I wish I could just hibernate (a term my friend Anna Sides recently shared)  or go some place else
and find a different way to live my existence...



A young friend from school, Joan, sent me this thought-provoking message...
"There are moments when all of a sudden in a split second your life changes forever...Before,you know it, you're already someone else..." 
For the most part, I wonder how God insists on working through time allowing each of us to write our own histories...

And as we weave our own stories, 
we get involved with all sorts of situations and get entangled with all kinds of people...of course always depending on the choices we make...

I refuse to give in to regrets...yes, I always recount the past. The difference is, I've learned to accept it along with the consequences of my decisions...

My life has definitely changed and sometimes as I walk along the way, I grope in the darkness...somehow reaching for the light at the end of this long tunnel...

I am hurt...like a child always at wait...

but the only way to actualize another milestone is to develop my skills 
ONLY THROUGH TIME...





"La gioia della conquista e' tanto piu' sentita, quanto piu' arduo e' stata la lotta (R. Tagore)



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

YouTube Tuesday


Yey! It's the most awaited ...


a day set aside for sharing our favorite video.
Thanks to our genius Josh at Its Tiger Time 




What seizes your imagination and makes you truly alive?
What are the things to be grateful for this day?




A special thanks to The Happiness Group

You are an inspiration
Becky Owen





Monday, August 22, 2011

Magnificent Monday: THE Rock


Isn't it amazing how rocks could be formed from sand ...
wind ...
and heat of the sun?

some from the splashing of the waves... 
and rainfalls...

Others are formed by human hands...

Tolmeita 2003 "Can you see us up there?"
... corrupted by time...

Susa 2004 "You should see the crosses engraved on the columns..."


... ravaged by strife...




Magnificent Monday took me as far as North Africa where I once was a sand blewn by the desert winds...


It took me to different places... 


a nomad in a tent...

tried... purified and tested...


forged

by the different elements of the earth...

I emerged 


a rose...

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"The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold" 

-Psalm 18,2

-------------------------------I pray for you dear Libya...

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/libya-conflict



Kindly check out those who have participated in Magnificent Monday here:


http://holesinmysoles.blogspot.com/2011/08/magnificent-monday-rocks.html

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

YouTube Tuesday

Fridays,Saturdays and Sundays are the best days for me... just recently I added Tuesdays because of...


a day set aside for sharing our favorite video.
Thanks to our genius Josh at Its Tiger Time 





Have you found your place
in
God's heart?

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Thanks to DaySpring Devotions
Holley Gerth, the inspiration behind the video
and
http://ecards.dayspring.com/holley/

Monday, August 15, 2011

Magnificent Monday: I Love...

TLC

I have always been amazed on how our body works. It was in our Anatomy and Phsiology class that I understood the harmony and balance of each body part, its function and use, its care and abuse. We, somehow, become sharers of a person's life as we care for him/her from maternity to childbirth, pediatrics to geriatrics, as well as a person's death (post mortem care). As I grew in the field, God touched my life through the patients I cared for.

In my early years in N.Africa where I worked as a hemodialysis nurse, I was given a regular patient assignment. My nurse friends avoided my ward maybe because the patients had only two options: to go on kidney transplant or to continue dialyzing for the rest of his/her life... this gave the ward a "morbid" tone...

Since I was not yet conversing in Arabic (I had few private lessons in Italy), my patients and I communicated through gestures, eye contact, a lot of objective assessment... and believe me this developed my intuition and clinical eye...

A few patients spoke English and the older ones knew Italian (it was an Italian colony before) and that made life easier for me...

But some patients were harsh and they'd call me"kalba" when I committed mistakes but there were gentle patients who taught me the secrets of their language. I learned both ways from the patients... my first year was a period of tears but they paid off because I learned a lot from them. 

On TLC part 2

A man of sixty years was assigned to me a week after my training in the Fresenius machine (the patients under these machines were tested negative of HIV and Hepatitis B and C). I don't remember his name but he made quite an impression on me being my first regular patient.

He looked older than his real age... tall, skinny shrivelled N. African who didn't talk much. We were together for a few weeks because he underwent coma during one of his dialysis sessions and he had to stay in the ICU. I wasn't able to visit him. The day I finally decided on doing so, he was already dead.

My Filipino nurse friends recounted that in his last stages of agony, he was looking for me... he died uttering the word "sorella" (an Italian word for sister)...

This gave me the shivers because, normally, a Muslim recites his creed on his death bed... Proselytism is a no-no. I never prayed for this man's conversion to Christianity nor spoke of Christ to him... but he called me his "sister"... he felt that i was when he was still alive?

My friends saw malice in this... I saw faith...

Unlocking TLC



In a Cardiac Management seminar I attended last March, the spokesperson, who was nurse-turned politician, reminded us of our Oath taking. Yeah, I remember pledging to be of service to our country and to the people regardless of race, color or creed. But in less than a year, most of my colleagues flew abroad seeking a brighter future for their families ... I followed a few years after that... service became secondary?

Since the boom of Nursing in the year 2000, nursing schools sprouted like mushrooms in every part of the country. To ease the growing population of nurses, nursing schools were closed, hospitals freeze hired and offered trainings instead to institutional nurses, and the most recent is the added curriculum to Nursing making it a five-year course...

UK offers student visas, US asks for NCLEX, CGFNS, IELTS (7), and 2-3 years active experience from hospitals. Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Guam are open for hiring ...

Most foreign countries specifically hire Filipino nurses because of TLC...  on the other hand, continuing our spokesperson's line of thought, he said TLC stands for tender loving care... but sometimes it becomes Tiger Lion and Cobra because of the tight situations nurses have to face... like a regular 8 hour 3 shifts converted to 12 hours 2 shifts (long duty) to earn more money and to have free holidays in between...  the result is reduced patient care and fatigue.. that might leave a person with a thin thread of patience...

Looking at the brighter side... caring is for everybody... but caring for a sick person... from prevention of illness to recuperation or rehabilitation to palliative means of caring... is a vocation...


To unlock the keys to true TLC, we are called to greater heart dilation and  readiness to serve without cost...

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http://holesinmysoles.blogspot.com/2011/08/magnificent-monday-i-loveold-photo.html
http://jpweddingphotograpy.blogspot.com/2011/08/photographing-love-for-magnificent.html



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

YouTube Tuesday

It's.....



adopted from Josh at Its Tiger Time. 
It's a day set aside for sharing your favorite video.


Feel free to join in each week and see how creative we bloggers can be. Each month, Josh will highlight a selected video and present the winner with the
‘You Tube Tuesday’ Award.



If you participate, remember to leave your YouTube Tuesday link at Its Tiger Time as well as all the blogs you visit..


Will you run away... with me?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Magnificent Monday:Cycle of Life



Magnificent Monday invitation from Jim McIntosh led me to write this post. He said,
"This is about joining together to share a good experience of your travels, or that vignette in life that brought you joy."




It's a mystery how God would lead me, if not to the same place,  to the same people to share my love and time with...

I've been to this place thrice at different stages of my life and as much as I wanted to go back, my journey took in another route...



my Satur-dates with these precious angels...


...I lost ten year old Adam to an unknown sickness and...
I've never mothered my 'own' children...

BUT

God gave me thrice as many Adams after his death and blessed me with children I could take care of...



So, what does God ask of you today?

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Here are the links that celebrate the cycle of life:

Jim Brandano http://jpweddingphotograpy.blogspot.com/2011/08/photographs-for-magnificent-monday.html
Mari Sterling Wilbur http://mariscamera.blogspot.com/2011/08/magnificent-monday-cycle-of-life.html

Thank you Jim McIntosh...MM's truly magnificent...
Thank you Jim Brandano for including my mom's image in your post.



Sunday, August 7, 2011

Co-Travelers in the Cyberworld


Is it possible to meet the "right" person on the Internet? you asked...

Is being the right person traced on one's looks (as we view them in their photos) ? personality (depending on what they write on their profiles) ? or on the more profound aspects--- sincerity? or purity of intentions?

Just what is it that we are looking for in the net? Why join various social networks? Why not stick on just one? Are we in need of friends? companions? a partner? chatmates? networking? forms of entertainment? Are we here for thrills? or frolic? pet games... farms... vampires... mafias... aquariums? Do we look for somebody to satiate our desires...our needs...our longings?

I personally come here because I find rest in my friends... pausing and reflecting... sharing thoughts... exchanging ideas... just being here... present and praying with and for them and their families...

But my answer is YES...it is possible to find true friends through the net... and to find what we are searching for if we look hard enough...


I believe that God sends us the right companions for our journey...

I believe that right person comes at the right time and at the right moment... they may come in many forms but they are always a blessing...not just an accidental meeting nor serendipity...

I've heard of betrayals, scams, jealousies among friends and couples... of cheating... and it's very easy to cover-up oneself because we don't see each other face-to-face... we may edit what we say... control our reactions and emotions... shut off our laptops whenever we feel like it...but it isn't that person whom we betray in the end...
We betray ourselves.

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So SMILE! 
Breathe...
Give the gift of  the'true' you! 
- Anne Calodich Fone -

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from my reflections with my Buddhist friend Jimmy 
and reflections on Deborah Scatteredmusing's http://wehaveastory.blogspot.com/2011/08/friendships.html




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