Thursday Hugot Feels

Quotes from three of the books I’ve read early this year.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
…. That holding on to things “will only break your heart”

Sometimes, when you are not getting the love you want, giving makes you think you will.

But common sense has no place in first love and never has…

It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be.

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

… the pain we suffer is a way to make us appreciate what comes next…

There is a time for hello and a time for goodbye. It’s why the act of burying things seems natural, but the act of digging them up does not.

People do stupid things when they are tired.

Love.. You are born in it… you return to it.

What is false about hope?

If you find one true friend in your life, you’re richer than the most. If that one true friend is you husband, you’re blessed.

Desire sets our compass, but real life steers our course.

Every Day by David Levithan

Fair enough. Tomorrow is tomorrow. Let’s end today on a nice note.

I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.

Kindness connects to who are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.

There are many things that can keep you in a relationship. …. Fear of being alone. Fear of disrupting the arrangement of your life. A decision to settle through with that’s okay, because you don’t know if you can get any better. Or maybe there’s the irrational belief that it will get better, even if you know he wont change.

There will always be questions. Every answers leads to more questions. The only way to survive is to let some of them go.

No past. No future. Just present. Give it a chance.

When first love ends, most people eventually know there will be more to come. They are not through with love. Love is not through with them. It will never be the same as the first, but it will be better in different ways.

Promise to Kepler

After the Filemon Mamon storytelling activity:
Pupil H: Cher, babalik ka pa ba sa susunod? Magtuturo ka pa samin?
Me: Oo, simula sa Wednesday, lagi na tayo mag-aaral.

Dear Keplerettes,
I would like to apologize for being not being in your class always. It must have been hard for you to see me yet not feel that I am there for you. My thoughts had been so centered on the idea that you are all non-readers and that I had to modify every lesson to suit your lack of power in reading. Having that in mind always, I ought not to teach you Science but let your Reading Teacher take over our should-have-been time together. For this misconception, I am deeply sorry.

I want you to know that I enjoy every teaching moment in your class. Aside from the fact that your class size is smaller compared to others, I realized that your wittiness and enthusiasm to learn is just the same with other kids your age. I had completely disregarded that. Again, I am sorry. I should have been one of those who push you to work harder and make you believe in yourself but silently, I had been one of those who had been putting you down. I almost forgot why I am here as your teacher.

It’s not yet too late. We still have three quarters to go and I promise you that everything will be better moving forward. We will sing, we will laugh, we will READ. Every Science class will be a happy class.

For the meantime, let us miss each other as an early long vacation is ahead of us.

Cher Kat 

5 Questions from 101 Power Questions by James Lee Valentine

1.   Is my self-talk upbeat and positive or gloomy and negative?

It’s always upbeat and positive.
My mantra: “This too, shall pass.”

2.   What causes am I committed to in my life right now?

One, is with education, as a teacher in a public school, I would like to let the kids and the parents be more aware and involved in the academic development of the children in a public school setting.

Another one, personal growth, I am still trying to figure out my ways though. Still trying to figure out what I really want in my life.

I am committed to finding my own happiness. That kind of happiness that is not dependent on the tangible elements and other human beings.

     3.   Who am I?

My name is Katherine. A daughter, a sister, a child of God, a friend, a wannabe writer, a poor traveler and a teacher.

4.   Who do I want to be?

I want to be somebody who could help others without limitations. Helping others become independent and be more socially responsible.

I want to be a daughter who could shower my parents with many comforts they had missed while they were busy rearing us when we were young. I want to give them back all their sacrifices, all their love, though I know nothing that I have right now can ever equate to whatever they had given me.

I want to be a sister who could just always be with them when they need somebody to talk to about life and love. Supporting them in their plans and endeavors. Lending them a shoulder to cry on when all else fail. Cheering for them as they seize their dreams.

I want to be that friend whom you will not be afraid to be who you are. Drop words of sarcasm that would still sound sweet because you know that's my way of saying that we are so close.

I want to be that career woman—independent, a go-getter, quick thinker and always positive.  

I want to be that jetsetter—go around the world, travel and explore.

I want to be that teacher who could change a life of at least one student for the better.
I want to be that woman worthy of a man’s love. (Char!)

5.    Am I a creature of circumstance or am I a master of my own destiny?

I was born as product of circumstance. I didn’t get to choose who my parents could be. What kind of life I could have. However, I am given the opportunity to steer the future of the circumstance I am at. I am given the intellect, the chance to acquire the necessary skills and the avenue to meet the right people who could help me change the course of my life. So, I am both. 


Life’s Little Detours 50 Lessons to FIND and HOLD onto HAPPINESS by Regina Brett

While Glenda was creating havoc allover Luzon, I know I had to keep myself distracted. The best way to get distracted is to read J

Im glad I chose to read this book by Regina Brett. For the past few days, I took my time reading it. I read it a few lessons a day, I read while on the train going to Makati while my seatmates were busy with their cellphones. I read it on my way to our house in Taguig while classes were suspended. While reading, there were moments that I would just stop and think about my life.

The author is an American journalist, a cancer survivor, a single mother for 18 years, graduated from college at the age of 30 and found love and got married at the age of 40. At 45, she started reflecting on the things life had taught her writing an essay for every lesson and turned it into a newspaper column. When she turned 50, she added 5 more lessons and had it published, saying, “These lessons are life’s gift to me, and mine to you.”

Out of the 50, I selected 24 that had made an impact in the way I think about myself and my life:

1.    Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2.    When in doubt, just take the next right step.
3.    Life is too short to waste time hating people.
4.    Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5.    You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
6.    Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
7.    It’s okay to get angry with God. He can take it.
8.    The most important sex organ in the brain.
9.    God never gives us more than we were designed to carry.
10. Make peace with your past so it doesn’t screw up the present.
11. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. If a relationship has to be kept secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
13. Every thing can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
14. A writer is someone who writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
15. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
16. Forgive everyone everything.
17. What other people think of you is none of your business.
18. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?
19. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
20. Envy is a waste of time. You already have everything you truly need.
21. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up for life.
22. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
23. Believe in miracles.
24. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

Every now and then, I will go back to this list and hopefully, I can add more lessons to share with others. 

PBO, Lucy and My Birthday

PBO Presents... 
What: LUCY Special Movie Screening   
When: August 17, 2014
Where: Robinsons Galleria Cinema 10, 
How Much: Php 320.00
For: Proceeds will go to the benefit of the Special Education Students (SPED) of Pasig City. 

For tickets, please contact Arline at mobile number, 0922-8907212 or Christian at 0949-3555570.

The 17th of August is also my birthday! It feels wonderful that this year, on my day, a special event is about to happen for the benefit of others. I would like to invite everyone to join us as we all watch Lucy, raise funds, be with friends and family and meet new people. And of course, have something to blog about! :)