Monday, February 25, 2013

The List Invasion

       
          Lately, my overall feeling is being constantly overwhelmed. By news at my job, new friends I encountered on my life journey, new projects, people I want to help/get to know better/ encourage, and lots of TO-DO lists. I feel I don't have the energy to do everything. That's when prioritizing comes in handy. And then, the hardest step (for me): to say "No" sometimes. So I end up each day feeling exhausted, and thinking I am not capable of doing it all. I'm human, after all. Still, the frustration is there - piling up. In moments like these, I get so vulnerable, and I'm like a walking ticking bomb... Waiting for the perfect moment to explode. But the beauty of life wins over everything. While life happens, God gives you little moments full of majesty,  and heavenly peace. He sends you the biggest hug through a wonderful sun rise, and puts a smile on your face through a word of encouragement. 
          This last week was very, very hard. Friday was the hardest. But God told me through my brother-in-law: "The happiness and fulfillment of this life don't come from the place where I live, or the job I have or the things I own, but from God."

           So, life can be hard, overwhelming and unfair; as long as my happiness comes from God, I know my life is fulfilled.

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Investing the right way

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        Two of my teachers from high school had the most influence in my life even now after years of not seeing them anymore. I remember one morning, I wasn't paying attention in the class (it was 7:00am, for God's sake I wasn't awake yet!), but I heard my teacher saying "the best way to invest is to invest in people". I thought it was a very interesting remark. Over the years, I've come to understand better what she meant that foggy, cold morning. Recently I read Ecclesiastes 11:1. The NIV version (which I usually read), didn't make too much sense in my head, so I searched for another interpretation. The Message version said
 "Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns.
          Merriam-Webster Dictionary's definition of  "charity" is "benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity". To love the human kind, means to care not only for people’s present, but their future, too. And what’s better than caring for their eternal future? Because, investing in people is investing in people’s souls and investing in their souls, is to invest in eternity. And here comes the vice-versa: "But those who invested in the no-gods are bankrupt - dead broken." Isaiah 42:17


          What was your best investment in the last year?...   
          

Friday, February 1, 2013

History lesson with a fun twist

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              Did you know the first picture was taken in 1827? Did you know it took Joseph Nic├ęphore Ni├ępce 8 hours to take it? Afterwards, it took Louis Daguerre a dozen years to finally reduce the time to less than 30 minutes. 186 years later and we take pictures in 1/10 of a second. I’ve been fascinated by these facts since I learned about them. It’s something curiously attracting for me how fast human kind can discover new things. Like, my new lenses for my iPhone (say what?!) I got them for Christmas from our gift exchange at work, so I want to get as much use of them as I can. That’s why I’m going to join Chantelle@Fat Mum Slim in her photo a day challenge this month. I'll be posting the pictures on instagram, facebook and twitter. Every Friday I’m going to post on the blog a highlight from the week before, and maybe even share some of my favs.

Would you like to join in this fun adventure?... 

PS: Let me know in a comment below if you'll join and leave your instagram or Facebook  so I can see your photos, too.