The Faces of Hope

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“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies HOPE.”

Hope. I have written this word in my heart and mind on the first day of 2018 while on a trip going back to the city. I was so rolled up with life’s irrepressible circumstances that dragged me down to the heights of self-pity and loneliness. I cannot say that life is always meant for struggles because in the face of all these circumstances, we will always see the shadows of hope lurking around us.

Just like the picture, the shadows may leave footprints of  doubt. We do not know what we will face ahead because we are too much focused on what’s behind us. This life is meant to be traveled on a long and dark pathway. But, along the pathway, we see the light. This only means that we are not in total darkness as we journey. There is still light and so goes with hope.

Hope hides different faces. You might see it in a face in the crowd frowning at you. It might be somewhere under your pillows or even in your pockets smiling back at you. Or with movies while you’re tears roll down at one of the scenes. Or you could’ve read it in a bible passage and you just didn’t focus on it. Life is but a mystery and we will never be able solve its mysteries. All we can do is to hang on even if it seems difficult because there is always hope to help us embrace the fullness of life.

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Where is My Beloved?

Have you asked yourself, “Where is My Beloved?” In all fairness, I often ask myself this question. And it may seem so hard to give an answer at this moment but I will in God’s perfect time. Just don’t ask me too often (winks). Okay, let us focus on this challenge because I will again do a different take on this one. The photos I will share were taken randomly with no thoughts and no particular angle. I just wanted to focus on the hopes of finding the beloved we are so waiting for quite sometime now (or should I say, for a very long time).

They say, “there is no forever.” Is it just me or that includes you who is in search of your forever, too? The moon and the stars may not be that aligned for us to meet at this time and so the search goes on and on until it lasts forever. That goes for you as well. They say, “try and try until you succeed.” So, off we go and live the same pattern we always do. And guess what? Sometimes, someone shows up and do the things a beloved does and then we ask ourselves, “Is this the one?” We prayed and prayed until the only answer we get is SILENCE.

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a man in search of his beloved

As a result, we try to go and find the answers in the places where we can find solitude and tranquility. Most of the time, we have to wait and let the course of time take its action and we just have to see where the waiting will take us.

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a woman who seeks solitude and tranquility in the hope of finding her beloved

And where? Maybe, to the one who completes that missing piece in us. Or maybe to the one whom we turned down at first but never walked away from us. Or to the one who augments being in love in all the places we go. I am not talking about the PDA stuff but about someone who respects us both in public and private places.

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a couple who augments love to each other as beloveds

We never know where it will take us. We can only hope and pray for the best. Just wait and keep asking, “Where is my beloved?” Who knows that person might just be around the corner and we do not know just yet. For all the love seekers out here and there, let us storm heaven with our prayers so it will be shaken and give us our only BELOVED!

A Moment of Silence

Like in many scenarios of the sunrise, the sunset, the sea, a sleeping animal, a beautiful mountain view and the like express such details of silence in it’s vivid form. Yes, they all do and I cannot disagree with that, however, I will try to take away your silence or mine in a different way.

Sometimes in our lives, we seek for silence we do not know where to find. The moment we face something unwanted, we face the nature where we can find the pleasure of the serenity it gives us. But, it is only for a moment. When we feel tired, where do we go? Of course, we bump our heads to the softest pillow we have and wait until we get ourselves to rest. Then, we achieve silence amidst our rest. Others find them in doing active sports that would really take their breath away. And they feel a sudden rush of peace. I can only imagine because I cannot put myself in such trauma while having fun. For all that matters, have you ever tried finding it on the roads or paths you take? I mean literally.

I am showing photos from different trips I had. The bridge seems narrow but if you have the courage and strength to cross it, you may get to where you wanted to be in the first place. The trail up a hill may take you quite sometime to reach the top but with perseverance you will eventually get there. And a pathway underneath the trees may give you some troubles along the way, like seeing a crossing reptile or an ugly ape. If you don’t mind them, they won’t bother you but do not forget to run whenever it’s needed. Just run for safety. For sure, you’ll get there.

Crossing that bridge with courage and strength, taking that trail with perseverance and going through that pathway needs only one thing – a moment of silence. It is in this point that we stop and listen to our heartbeats and when we’re ready we take that big step we can never imagine. We only need a moment of silence.

Sweet Distractions

As we get older, we want things done immediately. We don’t like to waste our time. We rush things up to get them done right away. But, whether we like it or not, we always get distracted with the many little things around us.

Some things just cannot escape our vivid minds. They like to stay especially when we are up to something important. They always choose to remain. And they always win. Yes? Of course, who wouldn’t want to think of these sweet little distractions? They make us look shiny, bubbly and feeling light.

When I’m too down, too tired and very exhausted in everything, I take all these sweet little distractions with me. I always take myself down memory lane and reminisce sweet, good, happy and even sad memories. Then, if my mind wanders too much, I will need some ice cream to put me back to focus. But where would I usually end? I will always find myself eating something really good and delicious. And from there, I’ll be able to wrap things up for the day. Oh, shiny!

 

 

Texture

Textures are everywhere. They can be interpreted with how we see things, how we describe things and how we even feel. All these make up the texture of the things that surround us.

My photos are stone formations of a Buddhist belief done in a particular area in Thailand. You see the stones as hard and rough. But how do you feel seeing these stones piled like the way they are? Having seen them for the first time drew my attention to getting the reason behind this belief. I, somehow, managed to know the reason but I could go on and on asking many whys. So, I may just conclude that what we make in our lives are textures of how we live that life.

Evanescent

I will be showing different tones and colors of the sun as it paints the empty sky in the breaking of dawn and eventually fades away at dusk after it does an awesome work. Just a perfect example of showing Evanescent.

Every color depicts memories, whether it is happy, sad or extra sad. Memories that only one (you) can decide whether to let it fade together with the sun or to let it stay until it shows another majestic sky artwork the next day.

There’s always a new beginning and it always start the moment the sun shows it’s sparkle. We can always let these memories stay but do not forget to live. We can also choose to let it go and still live. Whichever way we choose, there’s always a choice. Make a good one, people!

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match

Oftentimes we incorporate a good match with a good pair of clothes, a beautiful couple, a happy family, a lovely friendship and many other things that would always compliment one from the other. But there’s more to life than just what I mentioned above. Here’s to a good match for me…

How about this? Sharing my Dunkin’ Donuts taro drink to a giraffe that does not even move? This is something new and weird!10273964_10204132337172021_3023119862412530255_n

And maybe an ice cream for a sandwich spread and finishing up with a salty Lays chips? Have you tried this before? Go ahead and try my so-called crazy weaknesses!

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And of course my ever favorite time of musing and contemplation amidst life’s wiggles and waggles – watching the beautiful golden sunset with its promises of a beautiful tomorrow. Thanks to my perfect model in the picture. I captured the crisp setting of the beautiful sun.196972_10200426195720801_92462732_n

Cheers to these other good matches in life!