The Lucky 4 Gifts for The Diary

e were created with gifts and those are the things that can really inspire us in some small or big ways. The gift of life and love are the paramount examples. Some of them we receive through good relationship with friends and loved ones, undeniable skills and talents and some we receive through material stuff. For me, everything I obtain from anyone – big or small – I’ll wholeheartedly accept it. And that’s exactly what just happened for the past few days.

Just recently, I opened my email inbox and to my surprise, I got four nominations for these particular awards from the following people who truly inspire me. My nephew, Kevin also celebrated his 4th Birthday on that very same day. I just said to myself, “Alright, my number 4, here you go again.” When I received them, it seemed my happiness leaped to the highest intensity. It reminds me of the time when my nephew got his birthday gift from us, he seemed very, very happy and to tell you, no one can touch his gifts except him. Now I can’t believe I’m doing the same thing! I’m just kidding. 🙂

     

  

I just want to express my huge appreciation to Amy of The World Is A Book for nominating me for the Inspiring Blog Award, to Raven of the Raven’s Witch for the Beautiful Blogger Award, to Nizy of the Nizy’s Life Compendium for the Super Sweet Blogging Award and to the Chronicles of Bad Times for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You are the best bloggers I have ever known and I’m glad and honored you’ve found this diary as one the bests as well. Thanks for the gift of friendship and for making this blog possible.

Here are the rules to participate when you have been nominated for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award,” “Beautiful Blogger Award” and “Inspiring Blog Award”:

* Thank the person who nominated you, share seven things about yourself, nominate seven other bloggers for this award, put the logo and the rules of the award on your blog site, and let your seven picks know they are nominated.

The 7 random facts about me:

  1. I firmly believe in the power of prayer.
  2. I’m one of the men with a few words.
  3. I always strum my acoustic guitar whenever I can’t go to sleep.
  4. My lucky number always has been and always will be 4. It pops up in front of me in the most obvious and undeniable ways, but only when something good is about to happen.
  5. Country songs are my genre and that leads me of dreaming to sing with Taylor Swift. 🙂
  6. I never learned how to swim.
  7. I love the freedom of living alone, but I also love things that make me feel six again.

I accept these awards as gifts from these beautiful people. I post it not because I should, but because it reminds me that something good is going to happen. I feel so honored to have such opportunity to be known. Now it’s time for me to share the so called blessings. Below are the lists of the NOMINEES for each of these gifts.

For the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Beautiful Blogger Award:

  1. NIZY’S LIFE COMPENDIUM
  2. THROUGH THE HEALING LENS
  3. THE WHY ABOUT THIS
  4. MEANWHILE, MELODY MUSES
  5. MARVA SEATON LIFE LINE & SURVIVAL BLOG
  6. REVELATIONS IN WRITING
  7. THE WORLD IS A BOOK

For the Inspiring Blog Award:

  1. SHARING ME MYSELF AND I
  2. THE COSMOS
  3. READING PLEASURE
  4. ALARNA ROSE GRAY
  5. LOST IN TRANSLATION
  6. REVELATIONS IN WRITING
  7. MEANWHILE, MELODY MUSES

For the Super Sweet Blogging Award, here are the rules:

* Thank the super sweet blogger who nominated you, nominate 13 other  bloggers, post the logo on your post and answer these five super sweet questions:

1.  Cookies or Cake? Both.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.

3. What is your favorite sweet treat? Ice Cream – Ube or Purple Yam flavor.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? Whenever the urge of eating something sweet comes in, especially after every lunch.

5.   If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Mackisig or Mack- means handsome. It’s my real nickname.

The nominees for Super Sweet Blogger Award are:

  1. CHRONICLES OF BAD TIMES
  2. THE WORLD IS A BOOK
  3. THE WHY ABOUT THIS
  4. MEANWHILE, MELODY MUSES
  5. MARVA SEATON LIFE LINE & SURVIVAL BLOG
  6. REVELATIONS IN WRITING
  7. THINGS I WANT TO TELL MY MOTHER
  8. SHARING ME MYSELF AND I
  9. THE COSMOS
  10. RAVEN’S WITCH
  11. READING PLEASURE
  12. LOST IN TRANSLATION
  13. THROUGH THE HEALING LENS

Lastly, I want to thank Marilou, my co-worker/my good friend for the gift. She said, she remembered me while she was looking to buy herself a new purse. Though it’s not my birthday yet, she’s so kind enough to give me this wallet as her advance gift.
“Thanks, Moms! This is so incredibly useful!”

~o~

Related post: The Very Inspiring Award for the Diary

Copyright © 2012 by The Diary of Me, Published by MACK

The Ultimate Beams of Hope

or the past few months, there’s a lot of things had happened to the life of a young man named *Jay – new career, new relationship, and new challenges of being a successful independent. He just loves to share a few things of his remarkable stories out of many because he knows it would have been very long and might be tedious. But as far as I know, every story is definitely worth reading for. Here’s what he just shared:

Revealed. Jay is only 20, but he’s completely reliable to himself – not dependent to his parents or anyone else to provide his needs and wants. He is a quiet person, a man with a few words. You can only hear him speak at least 50 words a day. It’s seldom for you see him laugh but he’s not that serious either. He is very helpful and willing to take extra miles for someone in need. He didn’t experience to be treated like a bad guy because he knows how to consider other people’s feelings and treat them well.

Jay

Way back last year, Jay was so privileged to have a job with reasonable pay in one of the prominent companies in his country. Although he lives on his own already, he was still able to divide his blessings with his parents from the company he worked with. He promised his parents to take good care of them for the best of his ability given that they’re not that strong anymore to make end meets. He dreamed to finish mending their very old home that hasn’t been done for many years. He dreamed to have his very first computer to widen his knowledge and he dreamed to be a good provider in his relationship with his loved one. He was a very happy and blissful young boy and, in fact, a dreamer until something happened to him that has made his whole life changed.

Jay lost his job for the very first time in his life. He was accused for something that he didn’t intentionally do. For his entire career, this is the first time he has made an honest mistake that made his everything bring to an end. He explained himself but no one seemed to believe, no one even understood. He told nothing but only the truth. His heart was broken. His dreams and plans came to nothing. Everything that he has was gone and that brought his world to an end.

Beams of hope. After what happened, Jay didn’t surrender. He didn’t stop believing himself that what he did is RIGHT. Even once, the words giving up never ever came to his mind. He can’t seem to find someone on earth to trust and to share his anguish with but only God and his diary. His relationship suffered, he was running out of money, he has no choice but to go home and humbly ask for his parents help that had nothing much to offer because they’re old. Nevertheless, his life didn’t stop there. He held on tightly to those things he knows and believes. He faithfully held on tight to God’s words and promises that He will never abandon him especially to his most difficult times. He is very faithful, strong and very determined to have his happy life back, to make things to be connected again, to reach the highest star, to continue dreaming and let these dreams come true.

Now, 23 year-old Jay is working in a very prestigious company in the world. He promised himself that he will do his very best to take care of his work, make the best out of it and to continue his plans and dreams that have been put aside for a long, long time.

~o~

HOUGHTS. We are in this world to appreciate life. We have everything we need here. We might fail and get hurt one day, but giving up is never an option. Like Jay, all we need to have is the fidelity and the ability to believe that we can make it through. He never stepped someone else’s feet just for him to be successful. Even though he knows to himself that he never did anything wrong, but still has been kicked out of his job, Jay didn’t lose hope. He firmly accepted it wholeheartedly because he believes that God will never give him ordeals that he cannot stand. After all, faith in everything that we do is the main tool to outshine whatever trial and tribulation we will encounter across in life. Jay was also the one who wrote this inspiring story, and that is actually ME.

* is the writer of The Diary of Me

Copyright © 2012 by The Diary of Me, Published by MACK

Photo: Ian Rey

My Parents’ Best Reward

People say, “Life is short. You have to make the best out of it every day because you never know if tomorrow would still come.” In short verdict, wise people say, “Live your life as if it is your last.” Personally, I agree with these quotes.

Life is beautiful to live by. Every single day, I’m always blessed and so blissful to have the chance to live mine. Who doesn’t experience complexities, hurt, dilemmas and struggles? Who doesn’t feel happiness and joy? All of us, in fact, had experienced them. No matter how small you possess or how numerous wealth you have in this world, you’re not excused. However, these occurrences – happy or sad – make us wiser and stronger in special ways we never know.

After my shift last Saturday afternoon, I decided to go home to my parents’ house to stop the urge of being with them again after a long week of work. I just had a heart to heart talk with them about everything that has been happening while I’m gone. After an hour or two, I went to my mother’s bed room to have a rest. Since I don’t have a bed room yet, I needed to use hers for the mean time. I woke up at around seven in the evening and I prepared to budge so I could go back to my boarding house (my second home).

While I was on my way to my second home, the insight of being grateful to embrace my own life suddenly came into my mind. I heard a lot of people lose their own lives because of accident, excruciating sickness and some of them just merely committed suicides to end their sufferings. I feel pity for them for the reason that they ended their lives sooner. Of course, we can never blame them or even judge them for what they’ve done because we were raised in different ways. How we perceive life depends on what we believe in, how much we know our Creator and how people influenced us in everything they do.

I acknowledge there were times I felt that my existence in this world was nothing but a trash. I almost asked God to conclude my life because of the consideration that I really don’t have much to offer but harm and disappointments. There were times I let down my parents. I let them feel unfortunate of having me as a big “headache” of the family. My father once yelled at me to leave the house to take responsibility of my actions and I took it very seriously. But this judgment was, in fact, the opposite of everything. My parents didn’t look at me like the way I thought I was. The truth was, they really loved me; they were trying to make me understand the reality of living and taking responsibility of my own actions and to become the man that I could become for the rest of my life. Thus, I was the only one who’s thinking that my existence was worthless.

As days passed by, I came to realize that everything has its reason to happen. I was able to know my limitations; I was able to accept myself wholeheartedly. And I look in to that so deeply as my parent’s best reward for me.

That was five years ago. Now, I am very much able to stand on my own; I devoted myself to give my best in everything I do; and wherever I go, I have my faith with me – faith to myself, especially my faith to God. My parents made the right choice for grounding me on that point of my life so I could realize what I did are wrong. They just simply gave me a second chance to live again through their unconditional love and I’m thanking them so much for that.

Mutely, I was sitting still on the passenger’s seat, heading my way to my boarding house. Many passengers came in and out from one place to another. The wind from the open window blew softly on my face, touching my skin with love. My phone,  along with my earphone was on, I was listening to a random radio station. That’s when I heard these very extraordinary lyrics of a song from an unknown singer. Tears covered my eyes when I heard this beautiful voice, singing:

If you ever need a place to cry

Baby, come to me,

Come to me.

Always know that you were born to fly

But you can come to me.

If the world breaks your heart

No matter where on earth you are,

You can come to me.

Though I’m living in different side of the world, exactly three rides away from my parents, their love will stay with me and my love will stay with them. “No matter where I go, I’m certain that I can count on them and no matter where on earth I am and if ever I need a place to cry, I can always come to God.” In fact, you can too.

The Very Inspiring Award for the Diary

Last Monday, I just finished the whole seven hours of training for a new job. Since I have been defeating the urge of seeing my family for a week, I went home to my parents’ house. Then I realized the day is not over yet. I still needed to research for tomorrow’s report!

I was so exhausted. I can’t seem to prioritize those things that I should do to make ends meet. I was really not in my best until I received an email from a very good follower. The nomination was from the most educational and compliant blog I’ve ever known, THE COSMOS by Tina Liu.

I am very overwhelmed to know that Tina really takes time to read The Diary of Me that she had even strikingly found the inspiring part of it. She gave me a relief when she nominated me to The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Because of her, I was able to finish my research and after a long day of work, I was able to lie down on my bed with a big smile on my face!

Thank you, Tina for this breathtaking nomination. To all the readers and followers who are still keeping their support for this blog, I really appreciate each and everyone one of you. “YOU ARE ALL MY TRUE DIARY.” It is an honor to know you here. I admire you as well for keeping; not only me, but the other bloggers to be inspired and educated with your research and the POWER OF YOUR WORDS.

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Here are the rules to participate when you have been nominated:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share seven things about yourself.
  3. Nominate seven other bloggers for this award.
  4. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.
  5. Post the rules.
  6. Let your seven picks know they are nominated.

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Here it is! The 7 “hit and miss” things about myself:

  1. I always wanted to learn how to fly like Superman.
  2. I used to collect books and magazines. (My room is full of this stuff).
  3. I can’t go to sleep without a blanket wrapping my feet.
  4. I always dreamed to be a singer and actor. (Music lover).
  5. I’m not a fund of going night out with friends.
  6. Believe or not, I am a big fan of Smallville, The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl TV series. 🙂
  7. I am a man with a few words. (I prefer writing than speaking).

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My nomination of 7 bloggers for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

MY COUNSELING LOG

BUCKET LIST PUBLICATIONS

HASTYWORDS

PROFICIENCY PARADIGMS

REVELATIONS IN WRITING

YOUNG, WILD AND FREE

WHAT MATTERS MOST

Congratulations to all! 🙂