Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Best of Metaphors

2-Bellarmine

A mug is like a head with one ear. –Rohaina

A toenail is empty canvas - Jill

Soup is a sea of comfort. –Jill

Snowballs are falling cotton balls.—John Ray

A bomb is a round volcano.—Rianne

A pocket is a portable secret chamber—Bianca

Chick is a yellow puff ball.—Bianca

Scissors are alligators. –Manolo

Ricefield is a wide field of gold—Ralph

Fence are a line of soldiers ready to keep invaders out.—Bea

TV is a talking box with photos—Francis

Salt is a chalk dust—Akbar

A pillow is a waterless cloud.—Jomar

Pants are two legs without feet—Nigel

Ear is a recording device—Brian

Television is like a picture frame—Frency

The window with a curtain is like a square headed girl with bangs and pigtail—Frency

Coffee is a hot spring of mud—Angelica

Water is a transparent glass—Angelica

Mountain is a tower to the heavens—Emmylou

Stone is an evil’s heart—Hedrick

Pillow is a trapped cloud—Manuel

Teaspoon is a body with no arms and legs—Fuentes

2-Jogues

A tree is a strong shield –May

Paper is an empty space—May

Tree is like a green cloud with a pole—Kenneth

Crayon is a rainbow in a box—Mayen

Keyboard is a tray of letters and numbers—Mayen

Chalk looks like a long white worm—Agnes

Teacher is a book with a heart—Agnes

Storm as the wrath of an enemy—Mark

Bird is a flying paper plane—Raiza

Computer is the high tech brain—Edwin

Rain looks like soft diamonds from the sky and sounds like falling coins—Joselle and Rafael

A seed is a small foot—Rogelio

Christmas lights are flickering fireflies—Eponine

Stars is a pack of shimmering glitters—Michelle

Dried leaf looks like a brown crumpled paper—JP

CD is a plastic donut—JP

Moon is a cheesy slice of a cheesy pizza—Joselle

Thunder sounds the playing of drums—John Paul

Table is like a roof with four poles—Ian

Blackboard is vandalized wall—Carlo

Chalk is a brittle cylinder—Ashrina

Letter is a sheet of communication—Shannon

2-Campion

Mouth looks like a clam with a red pearl.—Wilmer

Pillow is a shoulder to lean on—Bea

Wires are the nerves of information—Nika

Water is a mirror—Judy

Fences are stationary guards—Clydin

A moon is a floating white ball—Clydin

Pockets are banks for safekeeping—Carlo

Teaspoon is a shovel for energy—Carlo

Window is a picture frame—Diego

Mouth has a couple of noise (2 lips)—Joracs

Fish is a submarine—Carrie

Cheeks are bulky little pillows—Alyssa

Fingers are delicious pretzels—Lady

Rice field is a field of gold—Dayan

Fences are guards that are always in duty—Dayan

Hanky is a blanket of comfort—Stephanie

A fish is a dough with scales—Abby

Lips are red pillows—Abby

Teeth are cutting scissors—Ernest

Windows are the eyes of the building—Earvin

2-Kostka

Skirt is like a walking lampshade—Angelica

Necklace is a chain of candies—Angelica

Saucer is a mini-UFO—Albert

A window is wall that has life—Vinz

Fish is a swimming health food—Madie

Hanky is a portable comforter—Paulo

Cheeks are kissable pillows—Jeremy

Dustpan is my grandfather’s vacuum cleaner—Andrei

Stone is a hard head—Leo

Scissors are twin headed destroyers—Leo

A tummy looks like a digesting balloon—Gabby

A chick is a noisy walking cotton ball—Gabby

Fork is the trident of Poseidon—Anthony

A saucer is a white pizza—Ayart

Coffee is a hot mud in a cup—Daphne

Bag is the home of things—Daphne

A bag is a small cabinet—Johanna

Water is a shimmering mirror—Johanna

Water is a wet glitter—Nites

A mountain is a dirty brown hat.—Mei

Mouth looks like a red leaf—Chareeze

A bed is a big marshmallow—Kathleen

Fishes are crayons under the water—Ricah

Bomb is a ball of danger—Ricah

A teaspoon is a little shovel—Tiffany

A finger is a poking device—Tiffany

Eyes are moving video cams—Kent

Mouth is a moving loudspeaker—Kent

Fences are birthday candles standing side by side—Mica

Mud is a spilled coffee—Mica

The door looks like a Black Hershey Chocolate bar—Jules


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Love Without Love by Luis Llorens Torres

I love you, because in my thousand and one nights of dreams,
I never once dreamed of you.
I looked down paths that traveled from afar,
but it was never you I expected.
Suddenly I've felt you flying through my soul
in quick, lofty flight,
and how beautiful you seem way up there, far
from my always idiot heart!
Love me that way, flying over everything.
And, like the bird on its branch, land in my arms
only to rest,
then fly off again.
Be not like the romantic ones who,
in love, set me on fire,
When you climb up my mansion,
enter so lightly, that as you enter
the dog of my heart will not bark.

Translated by Julio Marzan

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Eloquent Sound of Silence by Iyer

"All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by Silence."

"We have to earn silence, then, to work for it: to make it not an absence but a presence; not emptiness but repletion."

"In silence, we often say, we can hear ourselves think; but what is truer to say is that in silence we can hear ourselves not think, and so sink below ourselves into a place far deeper than mere thought allows."

"Silence is responsiveness."

"A moment of silence is the highest honor we can pay someone; it is the point at which the mind stops and something else takes over (words run out when feelings rush in)."

"Silence, like all the best things, is best appreciated in its absence."

"Words, words, words" commit us to positions we do not really hold, the imperatives of a chatter; babble with strangers; with intimates we can be silent.

"In love, we are speechless, in awe, we say, words fail us."

Monday, May 26, 2008

Brida by Paulo Coelho

Each person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant.

Every moment in life is an act of faith.

That process of finding ourselves is called Love.

"There are many cards," she said, "but they're all part of the same deck. In order to understand their message, we need them all, all are equally important. So it with souls." --Wicca

Brida: "Is it possible to meet more than one soul mate in each life?"
Wicca: "Yes" (with a certain bitterness) "and when that happens the heart is divided, and the result is pain and suffering. Yes we can meet 3 or 4 soulmates because we are many and we are scattered."

Fairy tales had been her first experience if the magical universe that she now so eager to enter and more than once she had wondered why people ended up distancing themselves from that world, knowing the immense joy that childhood had brought to their lives.

The essence of creation is one and one alone. And that essence is called Love. Love is the force that brings us back together, in order to condense the experience dispersed in many lives and many parts of the world.

Because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture humankind ever invented for itself: Loneliness.

Humanity learned more easily from vice than from virtue.

We study what we can see, but what we see is not always what exists. --Lorens

It gave her every chance to achieve something, and just when she was close to her objective, the ground opened up and swallowed her.

Learning something means coming into contact with a world which you know nothing. In order to learn, you must be humble.

The whole of man's life on the face of the earth can be summed up by that search for his soul mate. He may pretend to be running after wisdom, money or power, but none matters. Whatever he achieves will be incomplete if he fails to find his soul mate.

That was the glory of man--to nurture and maintain knowledge.

Wisdom means both to know and transform.

People are willing to die for an idea.

But he will never love anyone as he has loved you because you are part of him forever.

And yet no one life is the same as other life. It might be that we will never meet again and I need to know that I've loved you all my life. I loved you even before I met you. You're part of me.

He had never told her certain things, about the women he received as part of the booty of battle, the women he met while he was traveling the world, the women who were expecting him to return one day. He hadn't told her this because he was certain that she knew everything anyway and forgave him because he was her great love and a great love is above the things of this world.

Love was a strange form of war.

RINGS OF REVELATION

Virgin - The Virgin has the power of both man and woman. She is condemned to solitude, but solitude reveals its secrets. That is the price paid by the Virgin--to need no one, to wear herself out in her love for others and through solitude, to discover the wisdom of the world.

Saint - The Saint has the courage of those for whom giving is the only way of receiving.

Don't bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. If you think you wont be able to stand a world in which living is more important than understanding...

It isn't explanations that carry us forward, it's our desire to go on.

Whenever you want to find out about something, plunge straight in.

She wasn't afraid of difficult ties; what frightened her was being forced to choose one particular path. Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others.

She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.

You had to take risk, follow some paths and abandon others.

There are people who followed certain paths only to prove that they weren't the right ones but that wasn't as bad as choosing a path and then spending the rest of your life wondering if you'd made the right choice. No one could make a choice without being afraid.

In the end, they would laugh in their initial fears.

Perhaps the time when it goes wrong are teaching you something.

Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong my dear. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

"the most recent time I was here..."

Sometimes certain of God's blessings arrive by shattering all the windows.

He was a Teacher and all he was doing was giving each person the necessary means to acquire knowledge.

Judging oneself to be inferior to other people was one of the worst acts of pride he knew, because it was the most destructive way of being different.

What I've realized is that I could love him still more. Even if I learn nothing new on this path at least I will have learned one important thing: we have to take risks.

Make a choice without feeling afraid.

I know that the path is simple and therefore more difficult than I thought.

"...and you're sad because I'm still incapable of learning through the simple things. What you don't understand is that people suffer, they search and search for love, not knowing that they are fulfilling the divine mission of finding their soul mate.You forget because you're a wise man and don't think about what it's like for ordinary people--that I carry millenia of disappointment within me and I can no longer learn certain things through simple things in life.

God placed his pharmacy in the woods and fields so that everyone could enjoy good health.

What is outside is harder to change than what is inside.

Anyone who comes into contact with sex knows that they're dreaming with something which only happens in all its intensity when they lose control. When we're in bed with someone, we're giving permission to that person not only to commune with our body, but with our whole being. The pure forces of life are in communication with each other, independently of us, and then we cannot hide who we are.

Emotions are wild horses.

When you are in love, you are capable of learning everything and of knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love was the key to understanding of all the mysteries.

Solitary people lose track of time, the hours are long and the day interminable.

..felt at peace, immersed in one of those moments in life where in the only possible alternative is to lose all control.

That was the wisdom of soul mates: they always recognize each other.

True love allowed each person to follow their own path, knowing that they would never lose touch with their soul mate.

Make sure that when you touch the other person, all your 5 senses are working because sex has a life of its own. The moment you begin, you're no longer in control, it takes control of you. And whatever you bring to it--your fears, your desires, your sensibility--will remain. That's why people become impotent. When you have sex take with you to bed only love and your senses, all 5 of them. Only then will you experience communion with God.

Why are we here? The only possible answer to the question is I DON'T KNOW.

We don't look for an answer, we accept, and then life becomes much more intense, much more brilliant because we understand that each minute, each step that we take, has a meaning that goes far beyond us as individual. We realize that somewhere in time and space this question DOES have an answer. We realize that there IS a reason for us being here, and for us, that is enough.

(In Love) He learned things he thought he would never learn: hope, fear and acceptance.

Feelings form part of the world, I don't know, but it's a world where there's no time, no space and no frontiers.

Finding one important thing in your life doesn't mean you have to give up all the other important things.

Love was above everything else and there was no hatred in love, only occasional mistake.

Being human means having doubts and yet still continuing your path.

Love between people is much more difficult to understand than love for Supreme being.

I'm afraid of death but even afraid of wasting my life.

When 2 men are in love with the same woman, it's better that they hate each other than they become friends because if that happened, she would end up losing them both.

Each day, he was better than on the previous day.

Simple things always seem so complicated.

Life is about making mistakes.

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted, some should only be sipped, but others drink the whole bottle. How will you know which is which? By the taste you can only know a good wine if you have first tasted the bad one.

That is what the forest taught me. That you will never be mine, and that is why I will never lose you. You were my hope during my days of loneliness, my anxiety during moments of doubt, my certainty during moments of faith.

Love is liberty.

I will always remember you and you will remember me, just as we will remember our memories together and all the things we'll always have because we cannot possess them.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Kite Runner by Hosseini

The only sin that mattered was theft. When you tell a lie you steal a man's right to the truth.

Some things mattered more than the truth.

True redemption--when guilt leads to good.

Time can be a greedy thing--sometimes it steals all the details for itself.

It always hurts more to have and lose than not to have in the first place.

There is a way to be good again.

...but it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.

...in actuality more of a quiet surrender, not so much an acceptance as an act of relinquishment by one too weary to decide and far too tired to believe.

For you a thousand times over.

They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you.

Tashakor! (Thank You)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Praying Our Goodbyes by Joyce Rupp

Every once in a while we get in touch with this truth (goodbyes) in us. It is not sadness exactly, not a hurt or a pain as such but some tremendously deep voice that cries out in bittersweet agony.

Inner ache is present when we recognize the fleetingness of all that we know and all that we cling to upon this good earth.

In blue days that seem to have no cause, it raises its voice when everything in our lives is going smoothly.

True self-love means not trying to escape from ourselves, but listening to the voices within us.

That aloneness is an integral part of being human, and an essential element in love.

Goodbyes are part of every single day. Sometimes we choose them, and sometimes they choose us.

What is goodbye? It is an empty place in us. Goodbyes are any of those times when we find ourselves without a someone or something that has given our life meaning and value when our life seems unfulfilled.

Goodbyes create a certain space in us where we allow ourselves room to look at life in perspective and to gradually discover answers to some of those questions about life.

The pain is overwhelming, often too deep for tears. The sorrow of it can pervade one's whole self and hurt in every part of one's being.

No two people say goodbye in exactly the same way and no two people suffer their farewells in the same way, but suffer they do.

When we grieve, we leave behind someone or something very precious to us.

It is hard to go on believing and trying to live during times of great loss.

One Liners: This too, will pass / In the end, it will be okay / God will provide / No pain-no gain / Be good to yourself / Even a perfect egg must break for a new life to begin / Life is what we make it.

The one who has a why to live can bear with almost any how. --Nietzsche

When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept that suffering as his task; the single unique task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of the suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden.

Goodbye can hold many goodbyes.

There so much within us that needs to come to life. Moments of suffering, times of goodbye, can cause us to peer inside our own tombs of unfinishedness or incompleteness and we can discover vast storehouses of resiliency, vitality, fidelity, love and endurance.

When our suffering refines us in such a way that it leads to an inner change or transformation that positively affects our life or that of others, it becomes creative suffering.

I think that what we suffer in this life (the goodbyes) can never be compared to the glory (the hello) as yet unrevealed which is waiting for us.

Home is the place we are always going to but never arrive.

To descend into the depths of ourselves we must be willing to risk losing the security and safety.

Knowing that all is on loan enables us not to fight so much when we are asked to let go.

Naming our goodbye and the hurt may add to our pain initially because we see how real it is.

We take the hurt of the loss which we have identified and we give it to our full attention. We sit with it, look at it, face it even though it grieves us to do so.

Act out once grief by:
-sharing a meal with a friend as a love-bond with someone who nourishes us in our emptiness. (Good thing God provides me with these kind of people in times of grief)
-emptying and cleaning closets or boxes while we are ridding ourselves of some inner clutter. (Maybe, I could consider this a good reason why I am very, very OC at times.)
-looking at photo albums when we need to remember the love and joy that past journeys have offered us. (I keep photos, love photographs)
-writing a letter in a lonely time as a reminder of connections of love that we still have. ( I blog)

Touch can penetrate barriers of despair, anguish, hardness or bitterness. A kiss on the cheek, a quiet embracce, arms linked (I often do this) or hands held are powerful movements in our ritualization of goodbyes.

Many times I have looked at an image or have taken on some movement of farewell and have been blessed with an insight or a sense of meaning that was not there before. I reoriented my life.

Moving on usually comes slowly.

The reality of moving on is this: we can never do so until we let go of whatever binds us to the past.

If we have a memory that eats away at our integrity or an anger that gnaws at our peace, we will not move on in freedom. It will always be there to stir up negative feelings in us.

Letting go never seems to get easy, and growth will not happen unless you can really surrender.

To let go does not mean that we give up or that we do not care. Rather, it means that we choose to use our energies in another way, giving them another direction.

We continue to care deeply but we also realize that we cannot change what is.

To let go does not mean that we ignore old ragged and torn feelings and memories, or that we fail to recall the loved ones whom we miss so much. When these memories knock at the door of consciousness, we open the door to see who is there and we acknowledge them. But we do not invite them in to spend the entire day with us.

Put behind us whatever has power over us to negatively influence our feelings. It is never complete until it is acted upon.

We would rather cling to the present pain, the deadness, or the lack of life, than face what is foreign and unknown, no matter how good it is for us.

We cherish the good memories and set aside the bad ones.

It can be extremely painful to finally accept a friend as he is, to his their flaws and weaknesses and to love him in his incompleteness. It can be a harsh experience for a someone to let go of "the friend they hoped for" and to accept "the friend that they have".

Old injuries of the heart: We all have them. They claim a lot of our energy at times. It maybe a person who never liked us, or the one who destroyed us with jealousy or untruths or the one who wiped us out of silence.

Let go of inner securities as well.

If we want to let go, we must first recognize what it is that needs letting go; then we need to accept the wisdom and the necessity of not clinging to it. It is not easy to do this.

Surrender walks hand in hand with letting go--to give up our power over something that keeps us down or holds us back.

Surrender raises hard questions.

Part of what keeps surrender from happening in us is our desire to be in control of everyone and everything. We simply know that life doesn't always happen in our way and in our time no matter how hard we try to work it out in our own control system.

To surrender is to have willingness to be in another's hands, especially in God's hands, to be open to surprises and gifts we never dreamed possible.

To surrender is to live with a mind and heart that is open to the future and to trust that all shall be well.

This is what kinship is all about: the gift of one to the other. It may be the kinship of a good friend, a friend whose heart is our second home, or it may be the kinship which we have with others because of a mutual experience which newly bonds us together in time of need.

Love endures and goes on, in spite of all the feelings of grief inside us.

Be aware of your feelings. Accept what cannot be changed, be willing to let go. Be good to yourself by gifting yourself each day with little gestures of kindness. Open yourself to people.

The pattern is unending: hello-goodbye-hello.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

All For Nothing by Andi

i ran after someone, trampled on my pride and when i finally caught up with him, he told me he wasn't worth it.

but i don't regret that i ran after him. i just pity him to think of himself that way. some would say it's only his lame excuse when in fact it is me that he finds unworthy of fixing things with. very well. but to say that you are unworthy and use it as a lame excuse only makes it even more pathetic.

i've forgiven but will never forget. i am free of hate and looking forward to indifference. something i will run after next.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Bumps


To realize
that your most prized individual may not value you at all...
that you only lose those which are important...
that you were given nothing even if you were not asking for anythin in return...
that selflessness may lose your sense of self...
that value may betray its owner...
that expectations are risks...
that just being good is not enough...
that explanations sometimes arise only to defend but not to clarify...
that explanations can ruin contentment...
that the insensitivity of the other awakes the sensitivity of another...
that we keep what we aren't sure about...
that you're good but not better enough for him...
that you can love the most unlovable of individuals...
that ordinary stones can turn to jewels in one's heart...
that keeping his flaws and magnifying his best brings out the worst in him...
that omens are sometimes self-generated...
that maybe's do offer possibilities...
that nothing is good but you have a good friend...
that "please and sorry" are not always sincere words...
that you "can" but don't mean to be...
that lame excuses doesn't always have a lame effect...
that love and friendship in the same cage may cause one to breathe less...
that fences doesn't only provide security but also temptation...
that doing things unintentionally doesn't justify pure intentions...
that luck can be pushed and can be influenced by fear...
that you may forget what the other person is feeling...
that you can't dance tango together as long as you want...
that it's hard to pull off people stuck into the quicksands of their past...
that "i think" can mean "i doubt"...
that you can hold on, let go, hold on again, let go, hold, hold, hold, go! ...
that friends are cruel--they give bumps than offer rides...
that bleeding can be bloodless...
that lessons you've learned in a hard way might make you hard as a person...
that tears are solid...
that letting go may lead you more to holding on...
that limits can be left undetermined if you weren't pushed beyond...
that people can be helpless even if help is available...
that pain can be generated by good memories...
that the degree of hurt lies on the extent of your expectations...
that hoping is not always a positive word...
that the truth you withold can be a lie to somebody...
that it may also be the other way around...
that facing ones fears doesn't guarantee courage...
that disclosing one's sentiments can be a closure...
that mean words can aid...
that indifference is a lame excuse not to hurt...
that being speechless may mean you have an insurmountable things to tell...
that you're insane if you're in love...
that much care and concern can stab you in front...
that future is very present to those who are hopeful...
that you can never limit love to one person...
that you'll miss only what you don't have anymore...
that the fear of taking risk will let you settle for less...
that all people are incomplete...
that the right time is always unannounced...
that things seem not to work, but they do in some other way...
that u've been awake for a year (unable to rest) and he's still sleeping, enjoying his dreams...
that one can exhaust all the means and make things happen...
that smiles can cause tears...
that the extremes of your emotions (ecstasy and desolation) feel good together...
that you can possibly work for the best yet the worst happened...
that he never saw you even if you see each other often...
that everything can turn to nothing...
hurts. :((

Fly

You once perched on my branches

You disturbed my twigs,

arranged your nest,

laid your eggs.

I felt important

havin nursed you

and your nurslings

But the moment you

flew, I realized you've got wings

capable of flying

of leaving

me.

Meet the Misters!

Asking… asking… asking…

This is my way of facing Mr. Dilemma. He’s rough yah know! Like, he just gave me a hard tap at my back right now. Tellin me, he missed me a lot and he’s around. I never wish to be in touch with him but he never forgets to REMIND. Huhuhu… By the way, meet his friend, Mr. Confusion. Hahaha… They’re best budz I’d say. Well, well, well… I just happen to be in their company right now! They’re pretty much talkative and they don’t include me in their conversation sometimes. That sucks! As always, they speak to each other in a language we call, QUESTIONS. So bein in their company, I think I needed to use their language too so that I can better understand.

While talking to them, I ran out of energy. They chat a lot and they don’t choose places. Hmp! They infinitely bother asking myriads of questions. Duh?! That’s their language. Huhuhu… This time I felt they are bein assertive already. HEY! Stop! You’re hurtin me. And they slap me with “WE KNOW YOU KNOW!” *Sigh*

Hhhmmm… Could dots make them stop? Like they speak in QUESTIONS so if I threw them answers will it be enough? Replacing hook marks with dots seem to satisfy a bit. <- like that one. But if I ended there? Will you be satisfied? I believe questions serve the best answers sometimes. It satisfies horizons of possibilities as one resurrects answers to nag ones uncertainties. Well, I’ve got a lot of pending inquiries right now. Inquiries that might either provide me answers or more questions. Either of the two benefits anyway. OK! I guess I have to give them both a hand shake. And, continue

Asking… asking… asking…

Sunday, March 30, 2008

This time...

...I'm letting you go.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

"If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise. If bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur."

"He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have."

"Everyday was the same, and when each day is the same as the next, it's because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives everyday as the sun rises."

"It's called the principle of favorability. When you play cards the first time, you are almost sure to win. Beginner's luck."

"...there is a force that wants you to realize your Personal Legend; it whets your appetite with a taste of success."

"Don't forget that everything you deal with is only one thing and nothing else. And don't forget the language of omens. And above all, don't forget to follow your Personal Legends to its conclusion."

"It could be the other way around."

"I learn more from my sheep than from my books."

"[When you're in love], you desire to live in one place forever."

"They trust me, and they've forgotten how to rely on their own instincts."

"It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary."

"Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own."

"At certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us and our lives become controlled by fate. That's the world greates lie."

"People learn early in their lives, what is their reason for being."

"Treasure is uncovered by the force of flowing water, it is buried by the same currents."

"Everything in life has its price."

"Sometimes its better to leave things as they are."

"You cannot trust a man if you don't know his house."

"The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

"If God leads the sheep so well, he will also lead a man."

"You shouldn't offer something you didn't even have yet."

"When you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favor."

"And I'm going to hold on to what little I have, because I'm too insignificant to conquer the world."

"I'm like everyone else--I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does."

"There were certain things one shouldn't ask about, so as not to flee from one's own Personal Legend."

"This wasn't a strange place, it was a new one."

"There must be a language that doen't depend on words."

"He was learning a lot of new things. Some of them were things that he had already experienced, and were'nt really new, but that he had never perceived before. And he hadn't perceived them because he had become accustomed to them."

"All things are one." (Mysterious chain that links one to the other)

"We have to live with our mistakes."

"I'm afraid that if my dream is realized, I'll have no reason to go on living."

"You must always know what is it that you want."

"Beauty is the great seducer of men."

"Every blessing ignored becomes a curse."

"I'm going to feel worse than I did before you arrived. Because I know the things I should be able to accomplish, and I don't want to do so."

"And maybe it wasn't that they (the sheeps) were teaching me, but that I was learning from them."

'There's just no way to hold back the river."

"Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dramed of when he first made the decision."

"Everything in life is an omen."

"The closer one gets to realizing his Personal Legend, the more that Personal Legend becomes his true reason for being."

"People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want."

"We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it's our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand."

"Language without words...the universal language."

"And when you can't go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward."

"We make a lot of detours, but we're always heading for the same destination."

"All things are the manifestation of one thing only."

"Because I don't live in either my past or my future. I'm interested only in the present. If you can concentrate only in the present, you'll be a happy man."

"Life is the moment we're living right now."

"The closer he got to the realization of his dream, the more difficult things became."

"The language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love."

"When two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant."

"Fatima was more important than his treasure."

"If I am really part of your dream, you'll come back one day...the meaning of love without ownership."

"...to see if its silence held the answers to his questions."

"When you are in love, things make even more sense."

"The future belongs to God and it is only He who reveals it under extraordinary circumstances."

"Each day in itself brings with it an eternity."

"Only when He, himself, reveals it. And God only rarely reveals the future. When he does so, it is for only one reason: it's a future that was written so as to be altered."

"Because my eyes are not accustomed to the desert, I can see things that eyes habituated to the desert might not see."

"I can only tell what I saw. If you don't want to before me, you don't have to do anything about it."

"To die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day. Every day was there to be lived or to mark one's departure from this world."

"Life attracts life."

"She already has her treasure: it's you."

"One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving."

"Don't think about what you've left behind."

"Men dream about coming home than about leaving."

"If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return."

"There is only one way to learn. It's through action."

"They were seeking the treasure of their Personal Legend without wanting actually to live out the Personal Legend."

"Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there."

"Because wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure."

Boy: "My heart is a traitor. It doesn't want me to go on"
Alchemist: "That makes sense. Naturally, it's afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you've won."

Boy: "Why should I listen to my heart?"
Alchemist: "Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you're thinking about life and about the world."

"Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. If you know your heat well, it will never be able to do that to you. Because you'll know its dreams and wishes, and will know how to deal with them."

Boy: "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer."
Alchemist: "Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and eternity."

"All people that are happy have God within them."

"Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him."

"When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed."

"It means only that the heart does what it can."

"Your eyes show the strength of your soul."

"Anyone who interferes with the Personal Legend of another thing never will discover his own."

"Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart."

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."

"Usually the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives."

"When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening because everything happens within you."

"When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."

"Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World."

"Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are."

"I only invoked what you already knew."

"Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time."

Saturday, March 22, 2008

From Rolling Star

When things seem too good to be true, it’s because of one thing: it’s about to break your heart. -Shizuru Kazuma

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.

-Kahlil Gibran

Samantha and Ian

Samantha: I know you have the best intentions, but I feel like I’m really high second priority to you. That hurts. And the worst part is I’m starting to get used to it.

Ian: I don’t understand.

Sam: I know. That’s what kills me. If there had just been one day Ian, one day where nothing else matters but us.

Ian: I adore you.

Sam: I don’t want to be adored. I want to be loved.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Veronika Decides to Die by Coelho

These are my favorite lines from the book which also led me to implement one of the craziest things I've done in my life:

Veronika: "When I took the pills, I wanted to kill someone I hated. I didn't know that other Veronikas existed inside me, Veronikas I could love."

"There is always a gap between intention and action."

"Nothing in this world happen by chance."

"Each person knows the extent of their suffering or the total absence of meaning in their lives."

"[We are one of those] ...people who have all the same vacant look but pretend to be pondering on extremely important matters."

Veronika: "And it has nothing to do with what you can see happening in my body, it's what's happening in my soul."

"People she knew would talk about the horrors in other people's lives as if they were genuinely trying to help them, but the truth was that they took pleasure in the suffering of others because that made them believe they were happy and that life had been generous with them."

"Anyone who lives in her own world is crazy."

"I want to continue being crazy, living my life the way I dream it and not the way other people want it to be."

"They [people] think they are normal, because they all do the same thing."

"That display of exuberance in which I could not participate was somehow unfair."

"The insane always believe in first impressions."

"Real love changes and grows with time and discover new ways of expressing itself."

"When the days are all the same, they pass more quickly."

"Friendship requires a lot of time spent together."

"Personal growth has its price."

"Did I fight hard enough? Should I have accepted my role as mistress rather than wanting things go as expected them to?"

"People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves."

"Insanity is the inability to communicate your ideas."

"She had never had enough energy to be herself, a person who like, everyon else in the world, needed other people in order to be happy. But other people were so difficult. They reacted in unpredictable ways, they surrounded themselves with defensive walls, they behaved as she did, pretending they didn't care about anything."

"Hatred. Something almost as physical as walls, pianos or nurses."

"Insanity allows people to feel things that people usually hide."

"Veronika hated the love she had given because it had asked for nothing in return, which was absurd, unreal and againt the laws of nature. That love asking for nothing in return had managed to fill her with guilt, with a desire to fulfill another's expectations even if that meant giving up everything she had dreamed of for herself. It was a love that for years had tried to hide from her the difficulties and the corruption that existed in the world, ignoring the fact that one day, she would have to find out and would then be defenseless against them."

"Present: where all the life's secret lie."

"She had actually felt them [hatred], and they were no longer necessary, they could leave."

"Letting love fill up the empty space left behind by hatred."

"The best way to avoid trouble is to share responsibility."

"The happier people can be, the unhappier they are."

"People only go insane when they try to escape from routine."

"Living a thousand deaths everyday, every night and not one of you feels an ounce of pity for me."

"A schizophrenic is a person who already has a natural tendency to absent himself from this world, creating his own reality."

"[Reality is] It's whatever the majority deems it to be."

"I should have been crazier." But, as it undoubtedly hapens with most people, she had found this out too late."

"No one should let themselves get used to anything."

Veronika: "If one day I could get out of here, I would allow myself to be crazy. Everyone is indeed crazy, but the craziest are the ones who don't know they're crazy; they just keep repeating what others tell them to."

"You have passed through 2 hardest tests on spiritual road: the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what you encounter."

"If people don't like it, they can complain. And if they don't have the courage to complain, that's their problem."

"You have 2 choices: to control your mind or let your mind control you."

"Run the risk of being different but learn to do so without attracting attention."

"It's what you are not what others make of you."

"But human beings are like that. We've replaced nearly all our emotions with fear."

"We are allowed to make a lot of mistakes in our lives except the mistake that destroys us."

"If only everyone could know and live with their inner craziness..."

"The person who's right is just the person who's the strongest."

"[Crazy people] We looked for the easiest way out: a separate reality."

"Many people don't allow themselves to love, precisely because of that, because there are a lot of things at risk, a lot of future and a lot of past. In your case, there is only present."

"Some things are governed by common sense. Other things, however, become fized because more and more people believe that's the way it should be." [like QWERTY keyboard, Clockwise direction of clocks.]

Veronika: Am I cured?
Dr. Igor: No. "You're someone who's different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that, in my view, is a serious illness."

"Diplomacy is the art of waiting, the art of keeping up a facade of normality whatever the circumstances and the art of postponing decisions until problems resolve themselves."

"The great craziness of men and women is precisely that: LOVE."

"The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort."

"All of us, one way or another, are insane."

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Lot Like Love

There's nothing better than a great romance... to ruin a perfectly good friendship.

Life is indeed short and a lot can happen when you're not paying attention. Enjoy every moment you can, and take some risks or you'll be looking back on an awful lot of regret.

If anyone has ever had that "friend" that you've know for years, you know you have feelings for them, appreciate their loyalty, and take their bad with their good (because after all, you're "just friends"), but have spent years keeping an eye out for something better, or just not taken that "next step" because of geography, peer-pressure, or fear of rejection...

Thursday, January 3, 2008

99 Secrets Girls Have To Know About Guys

1. Guys don't actually look after good-looking girls. They prefer neat and presentable girls.
2. Guys hate flirts.
3. A guy can like you for a minute, and then forget you afterwards.
4. When a guy says he doesn't understand you, it simply means you're not thinking the way he is.
5. "Are you doing something?" or "Have you eaten already?" are the first usual questions a guy asks on the phone just to get out from stammering.

6. Guys may be flirting around all day but before they go to sleep, they always think about the girl they truly care about.
7. When a guy really likes you, he'll disregard all your bad characteristics.
8. Guys go crazy over a girl's smile.

9. Guys will do anything just to get the girl's attention.
10. Guys hate it when you talk about your ex-boyfriend.
11. When guys want to meet your parents. Let them.
12. Guys want to tell you many things but they can't. And they sure have one habit to gain courage and spirit to tell you many things and it is drinking!
13. Guys cry!!!
14. Don't provoke the guy to heat up. Believe me. He will.
15. Guys can never dream and hope too much.
16. Guys usually try hard to get the girl who has dumped them, and this makes it harder for them to accept their defeat.
17. When you touch a guy's heart, there's no turning back.
18. Giving a guy a hanging message like "You know what?!..uh...never mind!" would make him jump to a conclusion that is far from what you are thinking.
19. Guys go crazy when girls touch their hands.
20. Guys are good flatterers when courting but they usually stammer when they talk to a girl they really like.
21. When a guy makes a prolonged "umm" or makes any excuses when you are asking him to do you a favor, he's actually saying that he doesn't like you and he can't lay down the card for you.
22. When a girl says "no", a guy hears it as "try again tomorrow."
23. You have to tell a guy what you really want before he gets the message clearly.
24. Guys hate gays!
25. Guys love their moms.
26. A guy would sacrifice his money for lunch just to get you a couple of roses.

27. A guy often thinks about the girl who likes him. But this doesn't mean that the guy likes her.
28 You can never understand him unless you listen to him.
29. If a guy tells you he loves you once in a lifetime. He does.
30. Beware. Guys can make gossips scatter through half of the face of the earth faster than girls can.
31. Like Eve, girls are guys’ weaknesses.

32. Guys are very open about themselves.
33. It's good to test a guy first before you believe him. But don't let him wait that long.
34. No guy is bad when he is courting
35. Guys hate it when their clothes get dirty. Even a small dot.

36. Guys really admire girls that they like even if they're not that much pretty.
37. Your best friend, whom your boyfriend seeks help from about his problems with you may end up being admired by your boyfriend.
38. If a guy tells you about his problems, he just needs someone to listen to him. You don't need to give advice.

39. A usual act that proves that the guy likes you is when he teases you.
40. A guy finds ways to keep you off from linking with someone else.
41. Guys love girls with brains more than girls in miniskirts.
42. Guys try to find the stuffed toy a girl wants but would unluckily get the wrong one.
43. Guys virtually brag about anything.
44. Guys cannot keep secrets that girls tell them.
45. Guys think too much.
46. Guys' fantasies are unlimited.
47. Girls' height doesn't really matter to a guy but her weight does!
48. Guys tend to get serious with their relationship and become too possessive. So watch out girls!!!
49. When a girl makes the boy suffer during courtship, it would be hard for him to let go of that girl.
50. It's not easy for a guy to let go of his girlfriend after they broke up especially when they've been together for 3 years or more.

51. You have to tell a guy what you really want before getting involved with that guy.
52. A guy has to experience rejection, because if he's too-good-never-been-busted, never been in love and hurt, he won't be matured and grow up.
53. When an unlikable circumstance comes, guys blame themselves a lot more than girls do. They could even hurt themselves physically.
54. Guys have strong passion to change but have weak will power.
55. Guys are tigers in their peer groups but become tamed pussycats with their girlfriends.
56. When a guy pretends to be calm, check if he's sweating. You'll probably see that he is nervous.
57. When a guy says he is going crazy about the girl. He really is.
58. When a guy asks you to leave him alone, he's just actually saying "Please come and listen to me"
59. Guys don't really have final decisions.
60. When a guy loves you, bring out the best in him.
61. If a guy starts to talk seriously, listen to him.
62. If a guy has been kept shut or silent, say something.
63. Guys believe that there's no such thing as love at first sight, but court the girls anyway and then realize at the end that he is wrong.

64. Guys like femininity not feebleness.
65. Guys don't like girls who punch harder than they do.
66. A guy may instantly know if the girl likes him but can never be sure unless the girl tells him.
67. A guy would waste his time over video games and basketball, the way a girl would do over her romance novels and make-ups.
68. Guys love girls who can cook or bake.

69. Guys like girls who are like their moms. No kidding!
70. A guy has more problems than you can see with your naked eyes.
71. A guy's friend knows everything about him. Use this to your advantage.
72. Don't be a snob. Guys may easily give up on the first sign of rejection.

73. Don't be biased. Try loving a guy without prejudice and you'll be surprised.
74. Girls who bathe in their eau de perfumes do more repelling than attracting guys.
75. Guys are more talkative than girls especially when the topic is about girls.

76. Guys don't comprehend the statement "Get lost" too well.
77. Guys really think that girls are strange and have unpredictable decisions but still love them more.
78. When a guy gives a crooked or pretentious grin at your jokes, he finds them offending and he just tried to be polite.
79. Guys don't care about how shiny their shoes are unlike girls.
80. Guys tend to generalize about girls but once they get to know them,they'll realize they're wrong.
81. Any guy can handle his problems all by his own. He's just too stubborn to deal with it.
82. Guys find it so objectionable when a girl swears.
83. Guys' weakest point is at the knee.
84. When a problem arises, a guy usually keeps himself cool but is already thinking of a way out.
85. When a guy is conscious of his looks, it shows he is not good at fixing things.
86. When a guy looks at you, either he's amazed of you or he's criticizing you.
87. When you catch him cheating on you and he asks for a second chance, give it to him. But when you catch him again and he asks for another chance, ignore him.

88. If a guy lets you go, he really loves you.
89. If you have a boyfriend, and your boy best friend always glances at you and it obviously shows that he is jealous whenever you're with your boyfriend, all I can say is your boy best friend loves you more than your boyfriend does.
90. Guys learn from experience not from the romance books that girls read and take as their basis of experience.

91. You can tell if a guy is really hurt or in pain when he cries in front of you!
92. If a guy suddenly asks you for a date, ask him first why.
93. When a guy says he can't sleep if he doesn't hear your voice even just for one night, hang up. He also tells that to another girl. He only flatters you and sometimes makes fun of you.
94. You can truly say that a guy has good intentions if you see him praying sometimes.
95. Guys seek for advice not from a guy but from a girl.
96. Girls are allowed to touch boys' things. Not their hair!
97. If a guy says you're beautiful, that guy likes you.
98. Guys hate girls who overreact.
99. Guys love you more than you love them if they are serious in your relationships.

Instructions for Life

01. Give people more than they expect, and do it cheerfully.
02. Memorize your favorite poem.
03. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
04. When you say "I love you" - mean it.
05. When you say "I'm sorry" look the person in the eye.
06. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
07. Believe in love at first sight.
08. Never laugh at anyone's dreams.
09. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it's the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11. Don't judge people by their relatives.
12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15. Call your mom.
16. Say "Bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
17. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
18. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
19. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
20. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
21. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
22. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any others.
23. Spend some time alone.
24. Open your arms to change but don't let go of your values.
25. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
26. Read more books and watch less TV.
27. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time.
28. Trust in God but lock your car.
29. Do all you can to create a tranquil, harmonious home.
30. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
31. Read between the lines.
32. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
33. Be gentle with the Earth.
34. Pray. There's immeasurable power in it.
35. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
36. Mind your own business.
37. Don't trust a man/woman who doesn't close his/her eyes when you kiss.
38. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
39. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.
40. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
41. Learn the rules, then break some.
42. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than your need for each other.
43. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
44. Remember that your character is your destiny.
45. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Submitted by Krishna Pawan Kumar (45), 'Planet Earth'
http://www.fukkad.com/quotes/live45.shtml

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Flight of the Nighthawks by Feist

"Aching for what you couldn't have is pointless."

"Love is not the simple romance that the tale makes it out to be."

"The scope of things...makes me feel...insignificant at times."

You...

You haunt me in my thoughts. You ran after my longings. You bent my time to fit yours. You pursued my vows. You ran, you left and you had it all.