I am betrayed.

I am betrayed,

By the good looks

And the enticing words

I am betrayed,

By the pretty innocent faces

And the sweet sayings

I am betrayed,

For just too many times

Giving away my trust

I am betrayed,

By the people who call themselves my friends

But friends won’t do such things but they did them anyway

I am betrayed,

And I keep questioning

I keep trying to make sense of everything

But I failed as many times I tried

I have a question,

Why aren’t people being honest?

Showing who they really are

Another question,

Why aren’t people being true to themselves?

Showing what they have in their hearts

And one more question,

Why are people wearing masks?

Like something has to hide

All the questions are wrong.

Maybe.

It was all always my fault.

I was being too naïve all these times.

I let my guards down too easily

And now that I am betrayed,

Once again,

It was all my fault.

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What do you see?

 

joyEasier said than done. Too many times our days are nothing but grooves without meaning. We see the same things all over again that we actually have lost their meanings. But to find joy in the ordinary is to take time enjoying every moment, every single thing we are to do. To find joy is to be silent for a little while, to really let the breeze of the grooves slip into the spaces of our fingers, to let the overflowing spirit fill in our hearts that we are ready to wake up again every morning, ready to do the things all over again. We may think that what we do is not that significant compared to what others have done or are doing. But I found this quote some days ago and I am reminded that everyone has his/her own part.

And how does peace come? Simple. By accepting who we are and what we have as enough for us. By recognizing and respecting who the other is and what they have as theirs. By finding within ourselves the pearl of great price, the richest thing there is in life, the sense of the presence of God who loves and companions us through all the pressures of life. Joan Chittister [Source:  “Peace” inUncommon Gratitude by Joan Chittister and Rowan Williams (Liturgical Press)]

Joy and peace exist simultaneously. If we are at peace accepting who we are and respecting who the other is also recognizing what we have as enough for us and respecting what others have as theirs, we have no time to compare ourselves and others. Then as the consequence of that, we find joy to be ourselves and doing what we are to do. We learn that there is that big picture of what we are doing, even though it seems so small and insignificant right now. We learn that no matter how small or insignificant the stuff we’re trusted with, we are all working for one single purpose, we are all heading towards the same direction, we are all part of the big picture and we are not left behind because we are small. We learn that the small puzzle pieces build up the beautiful big picture and if one piece is missing, it’s incomplete.

 

blessedIt is hard to see beautiful things in humble places because we have not been seeing deeper, we have not been seeing through what’s seen in the cover. We tend to see what’s seen, what’s in the outward look than to see what’s behind either the good or bad looks. We tend to judge the book by its cover.

It’s all about our perspective in seeing them. Blessed are those who find joy in no matter how small others see what they are doing. Blessed are those who find joy and understand the big picture of no matter how insignificant things they’re doing or even people they’re dealing with. Blessed are those who are joyfully doing their part no matter how boring it seems to repeat all the same things all over again every day.

Find joy in what you do. Find joy in the grooves of your days. There will not only sun shiny days in life, there will also be some rainy days in between. But surely, there is always, yes, always, something to be thankful for.

thankful

 

Now, what do you see?

*photos photographed and edited by SUPERRISKA*

Life Lesson A-Z: Failure.

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At times, we are just too coward of making mistakes. We are just too afraid of being looked down due to failing. We want things to turn out perfect, flawless and just you know perfect. Failures are just too hurtful that we avoid them so much.

But there are many great people who stood up from failure after failure and made a difference by what they have overcome. I believe that they were devastated at first, but they woke up, they got up from their failures and tried again, over and over again. They took risks of either failing again or succeeding. They took that opportunity to begin again, starting things all over again and overcoming their failures. They did not stop there as they found themselves failing, they kept trying until they are who they are right now. The most important thing, they did not only wake up and try again, they learned and they tried again better. They learned from their past, they learned from their failures. They did not let their failures knock them down, but they used them as the steppingstones to stand up taller and run faster.

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and the list goes on… and on…

are they not enough examples?

Life Lesson A-Z: Dancing in the rain.

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Lesson of the day: there are those rainy days in our life. When it is just to heavy to smile. When it is just too hard to see the silver lining. When the problems seem to have no way out. When those works are just too many while it seems like there is too little time to finish them all.

Stay faithful to what you’re trusted with. Endure. Curve a smile. Keep praying and just do something. Waiting for the storm to pass is not an option. You learn something. And after all, you’re alive!

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.  —Vivian Greene

Have a great day, people!

-superriska

Life Lesson A-Z: Chance.

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I remember one scene of the movie 13 going on 30, when Jenna Rink (portrayed by Jennifer Garner) asked her mom (portrayed by Kathy Baker),

If you were given one do-over, anything in your life, what would it be?

We have past. We have things in our life we regret doing. We make mistakes. We are simply human with all limitations. But there are those fatal mistakes and big stupid decisions or actions that we did in the past that we would like to erase or fix. Question like this is just too hard to answer because there are just too many things we would like to fix. There are too many mistakes we would like to redo. There are just too many things we would like to change.

Lesson of the day: there is no such thing as going back to the past. There is no such possibility to get back to the time that we can redo all the mistakes. It’s all too imaginary to think of any chance to ever get that. Now what? Stand up tall today. Nobody’s perfect, we all know that. Take your commitment to never repeat all the same mistakes ever again. There is nothing we can do about the past. But there is surely something you can do today. Forgive yourself. Seek forgiveness from those you have wronged. That’s your chance.

Be thankful of being awoken from your good sleep this morning. It’s another chance to do better. It’s another chance to be better. Get away from the shadow of the past. All the mistakes you’ve done in the past will have to teach you something and help you learn to be who you are right now. This is a new day, a new chance is given to you. Are you gonna take it?

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. –Psalm 90:12

-superriska

Life Lesson A-Z: Begin!

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That’s what Lao Tzu said. Yes, a thousand miles journey begins with one step. Lesson of the day: I will get nowhere if I don’t start walking. Well, I will never start walking till I actually wake up. Whatever brilliant goals I have today will turn out to be nothing if I don’t do anything. The same applies to all our dreams. Having big dreams are great. But having big dreams does not automatically bring us to our dreams. We’ve got to wake up. Begin today. There is no other better way to start something than to start it.

Have a great day, dream-catchers! 😉

-superriska

Life Lesson A-Z: Attitude

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Lesson of the day: things may not turn out as I expect them to be. This city will be hot as usual, I can choose either to keep complaining or just keep smiling, I will be sweating all the same. The works to do today will be as many as the other work days in the year, I can choose to do it cheerfully or grudgingly, I will have to do it anyway. Either way, I’ll get all the works done. But really, it takes a whole lot more energy to do things if I do it grudgingly. There are always options to choose.

What about you? You’ve got your own stuff to do today. But the lesson must be the same. It is your good day or your bad day, it depends on your attitude towards the circumstances.

Hoping you choose your good day today! 😉

-superriska

2014: a hello from me.

First of all, happy new year everyone! I am all glad that actually the Mayans were wrong about the end of the world. Haha.
Anyways.. new year means new hopes, new dreams, new chapter of life. We’re opening a new beginning again.
Whatever happened in the past year belongs to the account of the past, we can never get it back. So here we are now, standing straight in the first day of the new year. Have you got some sort of things you wanna do or achieve in this coming year? Oh well, before going too far about the resolutions for the new year, let us stop for a little while and ask ourselves this one question: what lessons did you get from last year’s experiences?
There were 365 days last year, and I believe there’s got to be lots of things we happened to experience. Some were good, nice and you just dont want to forget. Maybe something very memorable and unforgettable like the great time you spent with your loved ones, great opportunities to be exposed to many kinds of blessings and many others. Some were bad, very bad that you think that they are better to be erased from the account of your life forever.
Whether good or bad, you know they belong to the past. They are just here no more, they are nothing but memories written in your book. They will be there forever, they are part of you ever since you got them. Not a single miracle could ever get you back, not a single chance you could ever take them back to your hand.
But here you are now, a new day, a new start.
Looking back should never get you down. Instead, looking back should help you stand taller, and start to be thankful as you look around. Because at the very core, you learned after all.
We all, ordinary people, should learn this one thing better every day: letting go off the things we have no power to change. Of the past, we no longer have any power to fix. But you take the lessons with you for the rest of your life.
It is freaking hard to let go. It really is. How do I know? I am actually in the middle of it.
Life is a journey that has to be walked forward, not backwards. And after all, we all need to die to one life to enter another, said Anatole France.

Forgive and keep moving forward.
Happy new year 2014.
Bye, 2013. I learned a lot.
Hello, 2014. Bring it on, I am all yours.
-superriska

Finally.

Oh yes finally I am being connected again. I am ready to publish some of my writings I wrote while my internet connection was down last week. Even though the internet was down, I kept myself writing daily.

I’ve got some stories about my first Teacher’s day in my first year of teaching, my thoughts on some topics like priority, life’s abundance & lack, being an example, and some others.

As every day has its own cares, I believe that every day has its own story to share.

Stay there, people. I’m making sure I’ll get the stories published soon 😉

Have a great day! stay positive! cuz…

Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.

— Ernest Holmes