Create special moments, now!

These last two weeks, I have attended wakes and funerals that were heartbreaking; a friend said the month of July brought so many deaths in our community!

The husband of a colleague we buried last week came to see me; in my office too was a friend recently widowed and my secretary who lost her father less than a year ago. Tears flowed freely as we condoled with him, and we each talked about our own painful experiences of losing loved ones. After he left, my friend and I went out for a veggie lunch and big bowl of Halo Halo topped with ice cream. Talk about healthy eating! It was lunch with laughter and jokes and girl story time. Looking back on that noon made me realize daily living is a complex mix of joy and pain, happiness and sorrow as written in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:

There is an appointed time for everything, A time for every activity under the heavens: 2 A time for birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what was planted; 3 A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;

July also brought in many visiting friends; I took my doctor friend and visiting Korean English professor to Valencia for a relaxing soak in the hot spring. 3 giddy happy single ladies soaked in a hot pool which was luckily unoccupied that afternoon. Later we had a wonderful delicious Shabu Shabu dinner complete with all the Korean trimmings and the best dumplings in town! We had the best time in both places.

A family from Hawaii came to visit and we let them taste the famous sizzling Bulalo; the twin boys eyes couldn’t believe the smoking, sizzling dish that was laid in front of them, but of course they still wanted their fried chicken and soda! My sister and I had goodies from our guests, chocolates and kitchen stuff that were much appreciated.

July has also been filled with committee meetings, board meetings and travel; long days and tired nights but there were happy days with friends and colleagues. In a small reunion of old colleagues we reminded each other we need to meet more often and laugh while remembering the good times.

While there are bumps along the journey of life, there is much to live for too. Let yourself have some fun. Go ahead and make the most of the moments with lighthearted fun. We hear the phrase of worrying oneself to an early grave but we never hear anyone say “she had so much fun it killed her”. I realize life is a series of little moments: friends visiting, a bowl of the best halo halo in town on a hot day, unexpected blessings; take a good look at your life and count your blessings. Remember this quote from Seneca:

God has given gifts to the whole human race, from which no one is excluded – Seneca

We have our aches and pains; we have our expiry dates but let us not put our lives in the shelf. Claim your joy and the surprises of each moment; laugh silly and look for opportunities to be happy. Let yourself have fun and laugh; they say laughter is the best medicine.

Live, live, savor the moments, enjoy the company of your family and friends, each one has a story to tell. (LELE MARTINEZ)

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