Living in the Moment – In This Life

 

“Sa buhay na ito, tayo’y manatili. Huminga ng malalim, huminga ng malalim.”

Sometimes, in life, we feel the need to force ourselves into entering a different zone, a different plane.

From men to machines.

To accomplish goals, to accomplish tasks, to prove that the ideal can happen.

But sometimes, we forget the essential.  We forget that there are times, the ideal things are not necessarily the most essential.  We forget to live in the moment.

Sometimes, the bottomline, the results, the expectations – these things are not everything that matters.

Sometimes, living in the moment is all that matters.

Living in this life is all that matters, even for a moment’s time.

Isn’t it extremely painful to be “present” in a once-in-a-lifetime moment, when one’s spirit, one’s soul, is wandering towards a completion of tasks that just pursue the “good results”?

Just as we have the self-discipline to turn ourselves to machines that efficiently and effectively produce the results that conquer the sky-high expectations, let us too have that self-discipline to return back to being mere mortals that need the warmth, the spontaneous spark, that urge to live in the moment.

“Sa buhay na ito, tayo’y manatili. Huminga ng malalim, huminga ng malalim.”

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Thank you Bamboo, for this wonderful music that somehow lifts the spirit.

Just an Excuse

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We all have been littered by motivational, inspirational messages on continuing forward amidst obstacles.

And, I do mean “littered”. Or is “cluttered” a better term to use?

As society continues to celebrate the underdog stories, I challenge:

When and how do we determine whether an incapability to perform is not an excuse, but rather, a symptom of something greater, or something worse?

When one attempts to let his light shine and fails, is it entirely his fault? Is success entirely a choice, or is it an amalgamation of things other than just “choosing” and “willing” to succeed?

And lastly, I ask what is the correct choice between these: accepting things that can be changed/unchanged and learning how to know what can indeed be changed (as the prayer for serenity advocates); or having the fortitude “to will things”, no matter the obstacle?