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Choosing Wisely: Rejection is OK

December 30, 2010 1 comment

Getting rejected is not okay, and to say otherwise is obviously easier said than accepted. However rejection is actually good when you take a step back, and with a clear and objective mind, look at the “grand scheme of things.”

Marriage is forever, and ideally all good relationships will ultimately end up at the altar. Therefore, choosing a lifetime partner must be done wisely. Either you agree to love one another, or the relationship shouldn’t push through in the first place. I’m sure getting into a relationship is a life-changing event; therefore it is imperative to make sure that each partner is crazy in-love with each other so that the relationship will be solid and will last a lifetime.

If there’s one party that really is not interested in another, then it’s really better off that said party reject the other. In the end it will really be for both parties’ benefit. I understand this lesson now, and so as painful as it may be for my love to be unrequited, I can accept it and move on with my life.

This lesson is easier said than accepted, for sure. I just hope that I’ll be able to apply it when next time I have to do so.

Of course, if my love is also returned, that’s another matter altogether – and I hope I can actually live up to the challenges it brings.

Jesus, I trust in You!

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

State of the Blog: 2nd Anniversary

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Even if it’s just me, I’d like to say — Happy 2nd Anniversary! =D  My blog has just turned two years old today.

Yeah, even if this blog never sees a wider audience aside from myself, I’m still grateful for this channel of expression. 

One more year later and here we are now.  There has been a lot of content added in the last 12 months, and just recently I also moved to WordPress as my blog platform.  I’ll always be grateful for the now defunct Windows Live! Spaces for helping me get started with all of this.

Thank You, God, above all.  I really appreciate all the talents You have given me.  I hope to put all of it to good use. 

So…  Cheers to my blog!  Here’s to more years of sharing my personal thoughts, opinions and comments to the rest of the world! =D

State of the Blog: One Year Later
Stories From The Personal Log – V3.0

Categories: Personal

The Minority Report

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

I am not afraid to be part of the minority if it means standing up for what is right. 

I am not afraid to stand up for my convictions, even if sometimes I seem to be a conflicted individual.

I am not afraid to be on the side of unpopular ideas, being counter-cultural and swimming against the tide of popular opinion.

To be part of the minority makes me feel rebellious, if done for the right reasons.

To be part of the minority makes me feel elite.

I may be part of the minority, but, so God help me, please, if I know I’m right about something, then I will not go out quietly.  I will shout and I will fight so that the voice of the minority will also be heard. 

Here’s to the minority, the few but proud that we are – may our voices be loud and clear as we make our stand!

Jesus, I trust in You!

The Love in Our Lives

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Once in a while I come across tidbits of wisdom on Facebook.  The following are items I found independent of each other; by themselves they are quick, simple and loaded with insight, but together they convey an even more powerful message about the love we have in our lives. 

It’s also a reminder that we should not take this love for granted, because in this world, nothing lasts forever.

Never ignore a person who loves you, and cares for you.  One day you may wake up from your sleep and realize that you’ve lost the moon while counting the stars.

At 7 years old: Mom, I love you! 
At 10 years old: Mom – whatever.
At 16 years old: Oh my God my mom is so annoying!!!
At 18 years old: I want to leave this house.
At 25 years old: Mom, you were right.
At 30 years old: I want to go back to my mom’s house.
At 50 years old: I don’t want to lose my mom.
And at 70 years old: I would give up everything… for my mom to be here with me, again.

Jesus, I trust in You!

Categories: Personal

Anti-Contraceptive Commentary

December 5, 2010 1 comment

These days there is some talk again about the Reproductive Health Bill in Congress, and the opposition of the Catholic Church against it because it promotes a culture of death instead of a culture of life.  I side with the Catholic Church on this matter. 

My Stand

Kids should be considered a blessing.  To exclude the Divine Plan to have children for the sake of convenience is not what God had in mind when He invented sex.  At the same time they should be open to God’s Will in the procreation of new people, to give them the chance to also experience His love. 

Guidance of the Catholic Church

When we pray the Rosary the first prayer that is said is the Apostle’s Creed, and before it ends we mention that we believe in the Catholic Church. 

We believe in the Church because it is not a mere human institution; God Himself established it and gave her the authority to lead His people back to Him.  All the teachings of the Church are not inventions of man’s intellect, but rather these are of God, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  In other words, what she teaches is what God wants for us, and what God wants for us is always good. 

 The Church is advocating responsible parenthood, which is to say that she recognizes the need to control family size, but she wants to ensure that it is done the right way, which is according to God’s design, and this is through natural methods.  Family planning advocates the use of artificial methods which just don’t sit right with how God wanted sex to be. 

Because the Reproductive Health Bill is a hot topic again, and I see a lot of bashing on the Catholic Church once more because of her opposition to it.  To understand why she is so against it, one must look back to Humanae Vitae for her point of view. 

The following are excerpts from an article I saw two years ago that talks about the Church’s point of view on the matter, as expressed via Humanae Vitae.

Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later
By Janet Smith

This was a matter of God’s law and not man’s law, and there was no way that the Church or anyone else could declare it morally permissible…

The Church teaches that contraception is evil because it violates the very purpose and nature of the human sexual act, and therefore violates the dignity of the human person…

The Church condemns contraception since it violates both the procreative and unitive meanings of the human sexual act. It diminishes an act that by its very nature is full of weighty meaning, meaning that is unique to the sexual act. To engage in an act of contracepted sexual intercourse is to engage in an act that has the potential for creating new life and an act that has the potential for creating tremendous emotional bonds between male and female and simultaneously to undercut those potentials. Sex is for babies and for bonding; if people are not ready for babies or bonding they ought not to be engaging in acts of sexual intercourse…

…the truth is that if a pregnancy results from an act of sexual intercourse, this means that something has gone right with an act of sexual intercourse, not that something has gone wrong.

We generally are truly in love with those with whom we want to have babies; we do want our lives totally tied up with theirs. We want to become one with them in the way in which having a baby makes us one with another – our whole lives are intertwined with theirs; we buy diapers with them, and give birthday parties, and pay for college and plan weddings. A noncontracepted act of sexual intercourse says again just what our marriage vows say “I am yours for better or worse, in sickness and health, till death do us part.” Having babies with another is to share a lifetime endeavor with another.

The Church condemns contraception not because it wants to deny spouses sexual pleasure but because it wants to help them find marital happiness and to help them have happy homes for without these our well being as individuals and as a society is greatly endangered.

In teaching that contraception is intrinsically immoral, the Church is not imposing a disciplinary law on Catholics; she is preaching only what nature and the gospel preach. By now we should have learned – the hard way – that to defy and overindulge our sexual nature, to go against the laws of nature and God, is to inflict terrible damage on ourselves as individuals and our society as a whole.

Ultimately our relationship with Jesus Christ is more important that any convenience we may get from contraception. 

I think people need to reconsider their need for convenience versus the opportunity God gives them in His work in our lives. 

Jesus, I trust in You! 

More on More Than Just Money

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Money will always be important. However, ultimately that will become a non-issue, and when that happens there will always be something more important than money.  Organizations will need to have a differentiator to win the war on talent.

I think the problem in Google now is a scary example of this truth in action.

Google Grows, and Works to Retain Nimble Minds
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/technology/29google.html

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy