Monday, November 5, 2012

Reminiscence of the Glorious Times


"Looking back through the years, a lot has changed, and it is for the better. There is a bright light in more days to come. It is a good start of creating the life that is envisioned and not just imagined." 


Several moments in our lives have been experienced that brought life lessons. There were moments of joy and sorrow, perseverance and despair, struggles and survival; yet all these have made tremendous impact on our well-being.

No matter what life may bring, still there is a need to embrace and learn from it. Nothing in life is an absolute liberty from misery and discomfort. Thus, I have written about 'Perseverance in Times of Despair'. It is an insight about how life struggles can be taken as a challenge and not a hindrance.

I remember how many times I failed in whatever endeavor, but failure is not an obstacle towards the achievement of most cherished hopes and dreams. In my post entitled 'How Failure Turned Into Success', I have shared my lesson that failure is part of winning and not bad at all. Failure is like a fuel that helps to ignite and sparkle. It is a blessing in disguise if it is viewed positively and can lead to ultimate success.

I have learned that life can be tough at times; and to be able to take full responsibility of uncertainties, there is a need of 'Getting Way Ahead of Life's Adversities'. If we have experienced unpleasant events, we can better prepared and be alert the next time that the same misfortune happens. This time we have wisdom and the power to deal with it better the second time around.

Through all these years, I always believe that there is an infinite power within that is subtle and untapped. If we are 'Reaching Our Highest Potential'; we can do the things that once we thought is impossible. We are now becoming what we think and we can do almost everything that we desire if we put our undivided focus on it.

Whatever life may present us, it is a must to have a sense of gratitude. Life is flowing with positive energy if we are 'Cultivating Gratitude for Success'. Fulfillment in life comes from being generous of what you have to offer that creates a difference. Gratitude can open the door for opportunities that can also lead to success.

Today, I am not only joyful, but also grateful as I look back and reminisce the time when I started to write for this blog which I considered as an online journal. I write on the same time as the previous year when I conceptualized how my blog would appear to the web and the readers. The same place where I used to write my first blog post about 'The Power of Meditation' and how it has change my life's perspective and ideals. The same time and place of the year, yet different emotions experienced. 

Today marks the first year of my blogging. This is more than a hobby, hence I call it passion. More than speaking is the joy felt when everything is put into writing. It is there, and will continue to exist and evolve. I will continue to write as long as I am inspired to do so. Someone may relate to it; others may have shared the same fate; and you may have learned from it.

Looking back through the years, a lot has changed, and it is for the better. There is a bright light in more days to come. It is a good start of creating the life that is envisioned and not just imagined. 


© 2012 Del Cusay



Sunday, October 21, 2012

There is A Certain Holiness in You


"It takes courage, perseverance and sacrifice for life to become a saint and it takes purity of the heart and Godly actions to become holy. You will neither become a saint, nor holy. As long as you follow your life's purpose in good ways, you may not become a saint, but you are closer to becoming holy. "



What does it take to become a saint? How can you become holy? In today's modern era, people have experienced drastic change in way of living. To live is becoming more comfortable and convenient with the advent of rapid technological advancement. In some ways, this could mean progress and the other way could be destruction--the good and the bad effects of what life has to offer.

Advanced civilization has changed how people think and act. It has change certain behaviors and values that was once good in nature. People have been so cruel, mean and greedy. Understanding became confusion; peace turned into war; openness became selfishness and love turned into hatred.

However, no matter how bad people will become, there's a certain goodness that is left in his heart. People sometimes are tough, yet gentle. Some could be mean, yet straightforward. Others could be cruel, yet compassionate. There is a certain goodness hidden to whatever dark side that people carry. 

Everything that happens can be understood better if you know both the bad and the good. Sometimes, you need to experience how it feels like to become bad so you appreciate the goodness in others. You need to do bad things to gauge how good you truly become. It is only then you distinguish which is better--the bad or the good.

We are commanded to do things in accordance to what is good and avoid the bad ones. But the world we live in may be full of negativity that will test our faith. There are some invisible forces that will challenge you to your limits. It may be hard to escape, but to take it and live it.

Is it possible for bad people to become holy in the end? Is holiness only for the good ones? Can you become a saint if you've committed terrible bad deeds? Well, why not? biblical history would tell that the famous saints that we venerate today are once a sinner. They may have been so cruel and unloving in their past, yet they have made a great changes and transformation in their lives. They had the power to change who they are and in the later part of their lives became holy. They mastered the purity of their heart and spiritual service. In the end, the goodness in them prevailed.

Just like us, we can't be good all the time. It is a human nature to commit mistakes and become bad once in a while. There is no such thing as absolute human being, but only divine being does have. Even the newly canonized saints did not live their lives in absolute good. They have been bad even before they attained ultimate realization of spiritual enlightenment.

There is no need to worry if you became bad as long as you did your best to change yourself for the better. Your life is not your past. Your past does not define your future. Your future will depend on what you do to the present. 

Not everyone will become a saint since it is only for the chosen ones. No matter what good things you've done to humanity, there is no assurance that you will  become a canonized saint. There is a certain holiness in your being. Your goal is not to become a saint, but to live a kind of life that is Christ-like.

It takes courage, perseverance and sacrifice for life to become a saint and it takes purity of the heart and Godly actions to become holy. You will neither become a saint, nor holy. As long as you follow your life's purpose in good ways, you may not become a saint, but you may be closer to becoming holy. 


© 2012 Del Cusay




Thursday, October 4, 2012

Social Commentary: Why Can't We Speak?



"In a modern world that we live in, we are no longer voiceless, but empowered citizens. People know its limitations and morality. People know when to become expressive and when to be quiet. So whatever happened to our freedom of expression?"


The social media plays a vital role as a means of communication. It has become part of our lives and we are now becoming more interactive and aware of whatever is happening around, not only to our family and friends but also to our favorite celebrities, favorite brands and be aware of the latest global and local news and the current events.


Social Media is now a trend and the newest tool for people empowerment. A lot of big events that took place in the current world history is influenced by active participation of the so-called netizens or online citizens, who shares their voices silently but powerfully over the web. 

The downfall of dictators in some of the Arab countries is brought by a massive demonstration by netizens who triggered the sharing of information about how their freedom have been oppressed for so many years since their government directly controlled the internet. They can't speak against their leaders. They can't express their wishes and desires for change. They have lived their lives in hopelessness and misery.

With the advent of social media, some countries are still restricting the social media access of their citizens although it has been declared by the United Nations that internet access in general is a basic human right. It seems that their leaders are still resistant to change. Aren't they?

We are now globally connected through this impressive breakthrough in technology the mankind has produced. However, why shouldn't we utilize this tool for common good and for strong globalization? Is there something to hide? Is there something to be afraid of? 

In a country where cyber crime law is taking into effect, I can't imagine how the people are being robbed of their freedom of expression. In a country where democracy rules, I can't believe the media and the citizens are being dictated of what to say and what must be censored.

The power of the country lies on its citizens, therefore there is a need to respect and to hear the voice of the people. Our people are hungry for change and the truth. Our people need a heart of a leader who takes time to listen. We're tired of speeches, tired of false promises and tired of insincerity in public leadership.

Let our people rule and let them be free to express their thoughts to the current events that our nation or the world is facing. After all, people deserve better services that his country has to offer. It is the people who choose their leaders and it is the duty of the leaders to listen to his people.

In a modern world that we live in, we no longer have to be voiceless, but empowered and informed citizens. People know its limitations and morality. People know when to become expressive and when to be reserve. So whatever happened to freedom of expression?

Online censorship and media harassment happens in many countries, it may happen to other nations and now our time has arrived and may become worst in the years to come. This shouldn't happen. Let the people speak their mind freely in a just manner. Let the media be the public's eye and ears in delivering the truth. 

Wouldn't it be nice if we can have a responsible freedom of expression? Can't I express my disappointment about our own government and leaders? Will our own government try to shutdown the press and the dedicated press people?  Will my own government suppress my public opinion? In today's time why is it hard to speak? 

© 2012 Del Cusay


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