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Thirty Years Later After the Night I Almost Died

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The night I almost died

I could have died when I was fifteen. I could have died a young and innocent girl, filled with big dreams and passionate about life. I could have died when I have not yet tasted the bitter pill of reality and all its madness, the heartbreak of betrayal, the despair of a defeated life. Yes, I could have died right there, and then when I saw a bright light ahead of me and I felt so at peace and I was certain that if I just went beyond that light, something truly amazing was waiting just for me.

But I…


What’s the legacy you’d leave behind?

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  1. Only God can make you truly happy.
  2. Even the best of people will fail you. Don’t expect people to be like God.
  3. Forgive yourself and get up quickly after each fall. Let not your mistake bring you to despair, but towards the path of humility.
  4. Things will not always happen as planned, learn to be resilient. Do your best and let God’s beautiful plan for you unfold in His time.
  5. Worry is useless. We can never know what will happen next. Even if your worry comes true, remember that your worry never helped you at all. It just took away…


A lesson on letting go

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There will always be a pain in saying “goodbye”

No matter how much we seem to understand everything, it breaks our hearts to ever see anything beautiful die.

It seems we weren’t really made for sad endings, and parting is hardly a word we recall when we enter into a relationship.

How do we know then when to say our goodbyes?

Should a relationship end even if you still love each other?

I used to think love is all we need to keep a relationship. It sounded so simple, so tested, and so romantic. But few of us dare try to answer these questions: What kind of love do we really need? What kind of love can make a…


There are certain methods we can use to investigate the existence of God

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Is it really possible to love God like loving another person?

How can we even begin to love Someone we cannot even see? But if we say we can only love those whom we see, do we also say that the blind cannot love? If we say we can only love those whom we can hear, do we also say that the deaf cannot love as well? Yet we all know such things cannot be true. For all we know, those who cannot see or hear can love even far better than we do, for they rely not on such things to know a person well.

Ah, but some may argue…


A Poem

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For the single and loveless one,
for the one who walks alone;
For the one who seeks and cannot find,
for the one who cannot make it home.

For the one who aches for true love’s kiss,
for the one who sleeps in the cold;
For the one whose pain cannot be healed,
for the one whose tears you dare not hold.

For the one who bleeds like rain,
for the one whose heart is in pain;
For the one whose touch is repulsed,
for the one whose feet are scarred.

Take heart and see the path you’ve walked,
Rewind the…


In Search of Love and Truth for My LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters

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Is It a Sin to Love?

If two people love each other, why is it a sin if they live together and desire to be married?” Such is the question not many religious people would easily be able to answer. After all, God is love, and every Christian is called to love. Why is it so wrong then to love in such a way?

But the Catholic Church presents a very strict argument. No, it’s not about the stand of Pope Francis against blessing same-sex unions. And it’s not about tradition.

It’s a challenge to the very existence of LOVE and is contained in the definition…


A brief reflection

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Worship not a person for a good deed he has done for you. Be grateful but don’t expect him to be perfect.

On the other hand, curse not a person for a wrong he has done to hurt you. He may not be perfect, but he still carries the imprint of God’s goodness upon his soul.

Consider how you treat a friend and an enemy.

A person may not be a hundred percent against you, even a mortal enemy. This person who hates you may really envy you, and hence, likes you or even admires you in some way. …


A Poem

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How can a song suddenly just make me cry?
How can a song whose language
I don’t even understand
speak so closely to my heart,
perhaps more intimately
than the words my mind
could possibly comprehend,
more deeply
than if I had made up the words myself.
It’s as though they came
from a distant memory I tried to forget,
or to an unspoken dream I’ve always had.
How could it touch a wound I couldn’t even see
or heal the broken parts
I never even thought could mend?
There is more to the soul than what we bare,
there is more to life…


How not to plan for failure

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Common sense dictates that we should have a backup plan: a Plan B, or even Plan C if Plan A doesn’t work out. But what I’m going to say may surprise you. Success often comes when there is no backup plan!

First of all, I’m not advising you to be careless. And I would like to make it clear that this is a very unique perspective I’m giving you, not the usual one. But it’s something that has worked for me, and for others as well.

In Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich”, he narrated a story about a…


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I have posted an article about the things I have learned since 2014 after listening to various people confiding their concerns and other things that trouble them.

It’s been seven years, but I will never forget the lessons my readers have taught me. In trying to help a little, I was the one who had been helped and changed.

If you want to read more, you can visit my post below:

10 Things I Won’t Forget After Listening to People’s Problems for 7 Years

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” — Ernest Hemingway

I will never forget the lessons other people taught me by confiding to me their problems. While…

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