Saturday, September 23, 2006

Forgotten Moments

Once in a while, it's so good to get away from the city and reacquaint with the essentials. I did that for a couple of days. I went home to the province to attend my niece's first birthday. It’s just happened to be that I was allowed to file for a vacation leave amidst the critical period at work.

I liken my visit to my family as a battery recharge. To feel energize with the nonsensical talks. To rediscover old scents...to navigate familiar roads and to celebrate small milestones.

I do believe in the saying that “Life revolves around great moments wrapped in very simple packages." How true, with the fast paced lifestyle in the city, we seldom forget the little things...like the smell of a freshly cut grass or how the sun lights up a room...the way a child smile...the flutter of a butterfly or the subtle kiss of the morning wind.


These are the great solitary moments we often overlook and take for granted. We frequently associate FUN with bright lights and pulsating music, CONTENTMENT with material possessions and HAPPINESS with the people we are with.

By being able to snatch and enjoy simple moments, I am confident that no borders or boundaries can take away my freedom to soar to greater heights because I will know that just far below, a light will always lead me back home.

Have a great weekend Everyone!

27 Comments:

Blogger Alternati said...

There is a satisfaction that only simplicity can grant. And I love these personal moments that make life less harder to live.
I also love the buzz and speed of city life. It makes me feel alive and makes me appreciate the simple moments by contrast.
Variety makes the experience of both worthwhile and exhilirating.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous snglguy said...

True, sometimes in our haste to find our niche in this fast paced world we forget to stop smell the roses along the way. But that's how life is in the city I guess, it's eat or be eaten.

You have a great one too, Jef. :-)

5:54 PM  
Blogger vic said...

Something we take for granted, the little things, even the hardship experienced during the long years gone, always come to visit and even just the memories can put a smile on our faces. Such is mostly our case here, when everytime we gather, as we do tonight (see alimodian.net) to celebrate our town fiesta to honour St. Thomas of Villanova, my townmates will again gather and talk nothing but the good old days when we were growing up, our mishiefs in school,or even our puppy loves. Just like a trip back "home". have a nice weekend there too, jef..

11:12 PM  
Blogger Wil said...

couldn't agree more. city life can get old after a while. definitely more things to life than just the bright lights.

12:37 AM  
Blogger His suzy said...

It sounds like you had a good trip. It's nice to be able to go home sometimes. :)

1:02 AM  
Blogger _ice_ said...

i miss my hometown... parang gusto ko na ata umuwi... hehehe

HAVE A NICE WEEK END BRO!!!

7:28 AM  
Anonymous jinjiruks said...

tama ka dyan. kelangan makuntento tayo minsan. at wag na maghanap ng higit pa. kasi nde tayo magiging masaya. pasama sana sa bakasyon.

11:02 AM  
Blogger cruise said...

theres no place like home indeed. we may be able to meet a lot of people, and see a lot of places pero iba talaga ang home. where we can truly experience unconditional love.

2:19 PM  
Blogger jef said...

ALTERNATI: Uhuh! You really have to contrast to discover the uniqueness of each experiences.


SNGLGUY: I always stop and smell the roses figuratively and you know what, it is always a time well spent :-)


SIR VIC: Reminscing the places we've been always reminds us the bigger picture. How I wish that I can bottle and hold the past (happy or not so happy) moments so that I can take it with me wherever I go.


WILL: Yeah, there is more to life in being simple and not expecting too much...not to mention a very settled life :-)


SUZY: Yeah! I had a blast going home. Thanks for dropping by :-) Big hugs!


ICE: Tara, sama mo ako sa bayan nyo hehe!


JIN: Next bakasyon ko, I will tag you along.

2:31 PM  
Blogger jef said...

CRUISE: Everytime I remember home, I remember the happy memories I spent as a child. Im' blessed that I have a happy childhood. Nothing will wear me down because of that :-)

2:34 PM  
Blogger Estupidong Neil said...

Soon, will be dealing with the same exposures of real life outside the university. Soon, will be longing for the days I used to spend inside our rooms eating burgers and cookies.

Life.

Contentment and fulfillment. My head turns around when relating these words...

Is it enough to be fulfilled to be contented or the other way around?

4:12 PM  
Blogger jef said...

NEIL: "Is it enough to be fulfilled to be contented or the other way around?"

Nope...a wise person once told that you can't sit in two chairs at the same time. In real life, you really have to choose one.

...and I do hope that you will consider your time-tested priorities before choosing your own path :-)

4:27 PM  
Blogger aceian said...

When there is so much mess and stress in the city, i just look up to the sky..... and find beauty. My only source of the natural world from a busy urban street.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cge ba.. tour kita sa camiguin, surigao, cagayan de oro.. hehehehe

owen here.

4:51 PM  
Blogger jef said...

ACEIAN: I never thought that we have the same habit of looking at the vast sky when something is quite wrong. It feels good, does it?

OWEN: Sure 'tol! Kelan hehe c",)

5:05 PM  
Anonymous tabularasa said...

Yes indeed. It is really nice to get away from it all. It is really pleasant to feel the essential bliss of life.

Our innovative world tosses us out from doing self-contemplation. However, at the end of the day, you are able to snatch simple moments. Nice entry!

8:54 PM  
Anonymous gbert said...

that's why while still young, single and can still afford it, i make it a point to go to mountains and beaches... happy weekend too... :)

9:40 PM  
Blogger don said...

I hear ya buddy!
Enjoy
blessings
dw

11:42 PM  
Blogger Lazarus said...

Nice entry! It reminds me at a certain point in my life when I took to heart this quote from an office sticker:

Learn to pause - or nothing worthwhile will catch up with you

11:00 AM  
Blogger Iskoo said...

welcome back. great to hear that you enjoyed your short vacation with you family and friends.

12:08 PM  
Blogger jef said...

TABULARASA: Being able to snatch simple moments is all there is to know. Thanks for droppin by :-)


GBERT: If we have time, tara lets!


DON: Yes, Don! Lets enjoy blessings. Have a great week.


LAZARUS: "Learn to pause - or nothing worthwhile will catch up with you"

Thanks for sharing...I love it :-)

12:11 PM  
Blogger jef said...

ISKOO: Syempre, sarap nga eh! I enjoyed going back to my roots.

12:12 PM  
Blogger tin-tin said...

what we usually forget to do is to relax

4:39 PM  
Blogger pauL said...

correct! iba talaga kapag you spend your time with your family... mas nakakarelax... and of course the moments... sarap!

5:25 PM  
Blogger jef said...

TIN-TIN: Correct, we should find time to relax and unwind once in a while.


PAUL: Ikaw, kelan ka babakasyon sa probinsiya hehe:-)

5:45 PM  
Blogger atticus said...

bench. tabing dagat. sunset.

punyeta. gusto kong magmura sa inis. bakasyon naman ulit, plis. plis. plis. hay.

11:52 PM  
Blogger jef said...

ATTICUS: Kung wala lang sanang iniintinding trabaho, ang sarap sanang bakasyon araw-araw hehe

8:49 AM  

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