"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Saturday, January 29, 2005

lessons in life

"In the eyes of a child there is joy, there is laughter
there is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future.
For the lessons of life there is no better teacher
than the look in the eyes of a child."

-- Air Supply's The Eyes of a Child

i have to keep going, if not for myself, then at least for someone else...

shortly after i graduated from college, a kid cousin told me something which up to this day reminds me that, no matter how i deny it, i have a responsibility.

she sat beside me, leaned against my arm, then decided against it. instead, she looked up and initiated a conversation.

kid cousin: 'teng ateng...
me: hmmm?
kid cousin: gusto nako pagdako nako, parehas ko sa imo.

awwws. i was tempted to tell her that she was just pulling my leg, but i saw the sincerity in her eyes when she blurted out that last line and i ended up speechless. there i was, secretly contemplating about finally becoming a bum and along she came to tell me that she wanted to be like me -- along came a kid who saw me as an example, a kid who's not aware of my flaws, a kid who didn't know what i was really thinking of at that time, a kid He sent to remind me of a way to live my purpose.

i cannot let her down. i cannot let the world down. i have to do more, be more and make myself better.


some of the things i jotted down
...in 2003:

detach yourself
from people, events, & situations that will bring you down.

detach yourself from materialism.

enjoy and share life; celebrate small victories.

when making decisions, seek His will
otherwise you are not living your purpose.

...and in 2004:

listen to your passions and learn from your mistakes.

be conscious of your growth as well as other people's.

do not fret too much;
you are gifted with the power to make things better.

you are human, do not forget that.


  1. amen!!!

    igo kay ko, oi...

    originally posted on 01.30.05 - 1:04 am using Haloscan comment board

  2. wow idol !!!
    go ate teng !!!

    originally posted on 01.30.05 - 12:50 pm using Haloscan comment board


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