“The Five People You Meet in Heaven”

It’s a touching novel with great perspective by the author of international bestseller book Tuesdays  with Morrie–Mitch Albom. It talks about the life and death of a man named Eddie. After dying in an accident, Eddie met five people in heaven who has significantly affected or changed his life.

This book has a TV film adaptation, starring Jon Voight. He starred as a war vet and a maintenance worker at an amusement park. He died while trying to save a kid who sits under a falling ride. The five people he met in heaven helped him understand the meaning of his life.

Both the book and the film have shown remarkable lessons that would lead us to deeper realizations–by just paying attention to the quotes. They’re very moving.

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. you’re just passing it on to someone else.”

“Holding anger is poison. it eats you from the inside. we think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. but hatred is a curved blade. and the harm we do, we do to ourselves.”

“Each of us was in your life for a reason. You many not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth.”

“Dying? not the end of everything. we think it is. but what happens on earth is only the beginning.”

“Sacrifice is a part of life. it is supposed to be. it’s not something to regret. it’s something to aspire to. little sacrifices. big sacrifices. a mother works so her son can go to school. a daughter moves home to take care of her sick father.”

“Love, like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. but sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.”

“Lost love is still love, eddie. it takes a different form, that’s all. you can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. but when those senses weaken, another heightens. memory. memory becomes your partner. you nurture it. you hold it. you dance with it.””Life has to end,” she said. “love doesnt.”
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If I Never Knew You

There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.

God gave his reasons why I chose to leave a place that is full of surprises and peace, where all is quite well, and where most of my friends dwell . . . . . . for me to meet people like you.
 
To my best friends Kathy, Mia, and Irene, I got a li’l something . . . . .
 
I want to see through your eyes
To see why you cry
I want to beat through your heart
To know what makes you hurt
I want to live in your thoughts
To know what you think
I want to know your agony
To help you through and through
I want to hear your unspoken words
To know what you feel inside
I want to heal your wounds
And set you free from the world
That is full of doubtful thoughts
Let me  see your darkness
Tell me why your world
Is so cold
I will lend you my hands
And walk with you through
Sunny days and rainy days
And give my shoulders to cry on
When you needed so
Because if I never knew you
I would never have such friendship
That is so strong and true
I would never find a true friend like you
If I never been close to you
Something that I would never find easily
For me to have a best friend like you

Thanksgiving Day

The day I should be so thankful about . . . . . . . . and many more to come . . .
A Prayer for Success

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.” So God granted him what he requested. I Chronicles 4:10 NKJV

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

For health and strength and daily food,
We praise your name, O God. Amen

The Best Things in Life Are Unexpected

What a tiring, surprising, and inspiring day!

The best things in life are unexpected because there were no expectations.

Eli Khamarov

A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.
Robert Baden-Powell

I haven’t heard anything or seen anything out there that would lead me to believe that all of a sudden there’s an unexpected drop in PCs.
Daniel Morgan

All creative people want to do the unexpected.
Hedy Lamarr

Always expect the unexpected. Right around Thanksgiving, when the new Alex Cross will be out. It’s called Four Blind Mice and it’s a pretty amazing story about several murders inside the military.
James Patterson

Anything that is unexpected is the X-factor.
Dante Hall

Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience.
Masaru Ibuka

Feedback is a pleasant thing. I get a lot of letters from unexpected people in unexpected places.
Brian Aldiss

I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau

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It came to my surprise I had one today . . .

It All Started with Photography and Blogging

It was nearly summer when my workmates and I went to Sagada. We had spelunking, trekking, and other fun-filled stuff. And as part of this surprising adventure, we took pictures and blogged what we had done. It didn’t come across my mind that this adventure would be a never ending one. It came to my surprise I’m now be friends with some of my workmates before.

I never imagined that I would be friends with a person who likes photography as much as I don’t and blogging as much as I want. But life doesn’t always turn out the way you want, I’m now quite interested in photography as well. Mia’s enthusiasm in photography gave me an idea on how to capture people’s attention and inspire them through pictures. Her untiring devotion to her craft makes me wonder how she has changed her viewpoints in life. But there’s one thing I know about this kid, she captures everyone’s heart through her timeless shots. Way to go, kid!

From a Stripper to a Teacher

Frankie and Alice is a 2010 Canadian film about the inspiring true story of Frankie Murdoch. Starring critically acclaimed actress Halle Berry, she portrays a young woman with multiple personality disorder

Frankie’s not here. She’s awake and frightened.

who remains her true self while battling against her illness. Frankie didn’t give in to her racist alter-ego.

 
She shows three different personalities–being herself as a black woman who works as a stripper in a night club (named Frankie), her alter-ego as an elegant caucasian (named Alice), and as an 8-year-old child whose IQ is genius.
 
She decided to seek help from a psychiatrist named Dr. Oz. The bond that exists between Frankie and her doctor make her more resilient in her struggles. Dr. Oz treated Frankie until his later years.
 
Years later, Frankie gave up her job and decided to get a degree in teaching. With the help from her alter-personality (the genius kid), she became a high school teacher. Then eventually she married a psychiatrist.
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Crossing Pathways

Have you ever come across people you never thought you would meet?

Having worked in a firm for almost 2 years, it has helped pave my way to meet people like the two of you. Each letter in your name exudes an aura of enigma. Both of you are so vulnerable to see, yet very invincible in times of adversity.

M – Has psychic and intuitive powers, patient

I – Warm-hearted, into science and drama, a strong humanitarian, idealistic

A − Able to teach and lead others; confident to achieve objectives

I – Warm-hearted, into science and drama, a strong humanitarian, idealistic

R – Warm-hearted, compassionate, noble, imaginative, noble, empathetic

E – Imaginative, carefree, communicative, good with words

N – Imaginative, strong writing ability

E − Imaginative, carefree, communicative, good with words

I hardly say this, but now it’s time to say, “Cheers to our FRIENDSHIP!”