Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Road Ahead: The Rising Challenges Along The Way


"Time to heal and to start another chapter of a more meaningful life. A life that gives us second chances and letting go. Life that gives unlimited potentials and opportunities for growth. There will be challenges along the way, however in the end, it is indispensable to keep our flow and to live life in harmony and with sense of fulfillment."


That was a long break and now back to writing again. It's been several months of untold memorable stories; events that would have been special and worth remembering through writing. There are times in our lives when we slow down a bit and needed much inspiration and will to do something we love. Inspiration comes anytime, and the will to do things would be the most important one. 


Action is indeed necessary to get things done and no matter how much hard we try in the planning phase, still we get stuck- up and remain stationary. We do things with much gratitude for starting into something, but in the process, we also encounter the signal to slow down until we are out of sight. It's not that we lose, but we're starting to get back on track and regain things missed. 


Writing on the 2nd quarter of the year would be nice to reflect on the latest journey that keeps me alive. Perhaps one of the most favorable time of the year is summer; although hot and humid, still we endure and continue to have fun and experience this wonderful season of the year--the preservation phase. 


In this season, there may have been down moments, but have enough will to rise up again. Life has become tougher as we move along in another milestone of a not so distant future. After all, we have proven to ourselves how resilient we are and keep moving on when the road seems rough. We learn best through experience and it keeps us stronger than ever no matter how hard it may seem. 



Some of the most wonderful moments this summer was when I got the chance to travel with family and friends. Enjoying precious time with loved ones is incomparable and something to cherish and worth reminiscing. 


Travelling and exploring places is something that would nourish my mind and body as I do meditation in different places; from the cool and turquoise water of Guimaras Island, to the green and relaxing ambiance at the foothill of Mt. Arayat-- such a pleasant surprise.

Not so far away from Manila; there could have been a better escape from the hustle and bustle city living for Lenten reflection. From the glorious Christ the Redeemer in Monasterio de Tarlac going to the mountainous and highly spiritual place in  Lucban, Quezon. These places offers not so overrated experience, but the memories are worthwhile and will truly remain in our hearts. 


Time to heal and to start another chapter of a more meaningful life. A life that gives us second chances and letting go. Life that gives unlimited potentials and opportunities for growth. There will be challenges along the way, however in the end, it is indispensable to keep our flow and to live life in harmony and with sense of fulfillment. 



Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Resilience of the Filipino Spirit



"Filipinos all over the world are united as one and will continue to do so to be able to live a good life and the greatest life that we truly deserve."


The Philippines experienced another calamity that was considered as one of the strongest and deadliest typhoon in the world. The typhoon "Haiyan" or local name "Yolanda"  brought misery in the lives of the Filipinos affected by the devastation it has caused. In the Central Philippines where the typhoon hit, thousands of people were victims of this natural calamity that has extended to several regions in the Visayas Island. Some has survived while others have lost their lives. 

Weather disturbances of any type is common in the Philippines and the Filipino people learns to embrace this uncontrollable phenomena. It is there since several centuries back even before the talks about climate change has started. The effect of this would be massive destruction to property and the loss of lives. It happens and we are not in total control of this so-called acts of God.


Filipinos are known to have a strong spirit in times of calamities and the world somehow acknowledges this thing considering the numerous typhoons and earthquakes that are experienced. However, no matter how strong we are, still there are also limitations in our being. Filipinos still suffer from anxiety and post-traumatic stress despite being resilient. We can put smile on our faces but there is still some pain inside that we carry. Filipinos are like that; the entire archipelago would share the same attitude when life faces challenges... when life seem to be unfair.


In any challenges; good or bad, there is really something to learn. It is the time to reflect on our ways of dealing with life. Both the strongest and the weakest are tested, if you have the  Perseverance in Times of Despair  then you remain to be strong, but if you play as a victim and not to take responsibility, then perhaps you may want to become one the weakest link.

In the present time, there are several talks and debates about the climate change and its impact to the world. Some would have the interest about the subject and take action while some would just ignore and just let it be. Indeed, what we do to our environment could bounce back on us. If people still seem to be careless and go on with their business interest not minding its environmental effect, then we are in danger. We have seen already the effects of climate change and it continues to manifest its power of destruction to the nations and the people. We've seen how it affected so many lives in several countries and now same fate just happened in the Philippines. How many lives will still be at risk? I believe it's time to ponder on our simple yet meaningful gesture of care to the environment.


People are now starting to realize and believe that there is a natural force beyond our control from the  The Power of Nature  and we have a call of action to make. There may be lots of factors on why this massive destruction happens, but Filipinos will continue to rise up and begin a new life again and again.


If we help each other and do our share to serve and show love and affection, then we can learn how to Get Ahead of Life's Adversities  and believe that something good is coming to our life after we have survived the greatest obstacle that have shaken our spirit. Filipinos all over the world are united as one and will continue to do so to be able to live a good life and the greatest life that we truly deserve.


© 2014 Del Cusay


Monday, October 28, 2013

Incredible India: My Life's Greatest Challenge

"It is not the applause nor the pat on the back that inspires me the most, but it is the simple appreciation that makes me feel special and valued. When the time is up, the next question would be what comes next? What is there waiting for me?... and it goes on..."



It's been 8 months already since I arrived in Delhi and it's a great experience to live independently while doing the work that I love. There are days that excites me and some days that I need to calm down my senses. Those days when I traveled a long distance and enjoying the moment while on a holiday; those days when I traveled long distance to do my duties and responsibilities.


My second trip back to India is challenging for me; this time I have to do my best even on a solitary journey. I rushed and slipped... I ran and fell... I moved on and got stuck. However, it was still a challenge despite the obstacles I have gone through. I never stopped, but I learned to move forward and realize that things aren't easy along the way of reaching the goals. 


In my travels, I have gained lots of stories and insights that are memorable. Sometimes, it's not the place that  puts a smile on my face, but it's the people that captivates my spirit.  I have learned to discover the beauty in every person I have interacted and also from their inspiring stories that can be a source of wisdom.   



It is nice to have known some friends that are kind and cheerful. It is through their helpful gestures that makes my stay in India truly wonderful. A heartwarming welcome from people is something I will cherish. They have shown great hospitality like no other in the world and that has made a lasting impression. 


I have met people from different places where I have served. Young and old, the fortunate and underprivileged, the yogis and meditators and if still recognized, perhaps the Brahmins as well as the Sudras. They have made an impact in my life in quest for understanding the nature of humanity and the world we live in.


Indian society couldn't be much favorable to some, but upon my observation it could be a better place to live in and start making good influence to others. A country that is truly diverse in many ways; the people, the culture and the tradition. It is here where I have experienced the chaos in the city and where different major religions exists without much prejudice and conflict. 


For the past 8 months, I have seen the many faces of India and its diverse culture. From the freezing cold mountains of Dharamsala in the north and the humid climate of Kolkata in the east. The industrial city of Ludhiana in Punjab and the Magical pink city of Jaipur in Rajasthan. Different places with unique identity, yet shares common language of smile and hospitality. 


What makes life challenging in India is to reach out people and offer something for their own benefit. When the clock starts to wake me up in the dawn, it is a non-stop action towards the destination. It is the people that makes you move and it is their spirituality that touches your soul. I talk and they listen... they discuss and I get more wisdom. It is the reciprocity of events that makes learning interesting.




When the spotlight is on and everyone is watching, nothing could be more brighter when you see the smiles, hearing the laughter, feeling the positive emotions, and sensing the good energy of the people. I feel special...I feel blessed. 


It is not the applause nor the pat on the back that inspires me the most, but it is the simple appreciation that makes me feel special and valued. When the time is up, the next question would be what comes next? What is there waiting for me?... and it goes on...


When life gets tough, it reminds me of the things I have achieved. Never to return...never to surrender...never to quit.  Life is passing all the challenges and reaping the rewards thereafter. It's a game of life; you win some, you lose some. In the end, the battle remains and the journey continues. 



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