Originally posted on I Ordered My Future Yesterday:
“Believe in God. Everything happens for a reason. What sometimes breaks us makes us stronger, and in the end your strength will be unbreakable under any circumstances.”
(First Key of the Fifteen Keys to Life)
” AFTER THE STORM COMES THE SUN”
(by: Zen Trinidad-The Kliping Times)
If you think that your life is on the brink of breaking, stop for a while. If you feel that you nowhere to run to, take a deep breath for a moment. If what you are doing right now leads to nowhere, find a place to rest. I will tell you a short story.
There was once a child of a carpenter in a barrio of San Antonio, Quezon who use to go to school without slippers and just managed to get an elementary education. Because of dire poverty, she was forced to work in Manila and to help the burden in raising the family at a young age.
Working was already an ordeal then. Life became more complicated and challenging when at 15 years old she was raped. The incident increased her conviction not to marry since for her love is an abstract thing since men just wanting her body and not her heart.
In the 70′s child labor was not yet a crime. Perhaps because of too much stress she was stricken with leukemia and contacted infectious hepatitis and was left in solitary confinement for months that added to her misery and longing for her family.
However, helped came by when she was contracted to work for five years as nanny in the United States of America at age eighteen…she thought it was the route to a better life. She learned later that she was an illegal alien since her visa was good only for one month.
The thought of helping her family never faded. All her savings was sent to a brother to start a business that could support her upon her return to the Philippines.
Like a cliché that one will not value where one does no effort, the business went bankrupt. Once more, she started from the ground doing odd jobs without realizing that another ordeal was waiting.
She was raped once more and technically was detained without her consent until she got pregnant for her first and only child, beaten up and left for dead.
For the next six years her life was worse because she had another mouth to-feed her son. They stayed in a dump site of the Subic Naval Base. When she can’t bear any longer for her son, she asked an American friend to adopt him which she did.
Incidentally, she was given another chance to work in the USA. But this time she made it sure to make more money and never to live in poverty again. She managed to work with full-time jobs and one part time. Her only rest was spent in the church. Another challenge came when her friend who adopted her son refused to let her see him until after fourteen years later. For fourteen years she missed the hug and kisses of her son.
But along the way, she met a man who for five years waited before their “I do’s”. I cannot tell any further from here. But what I saw in my eyes was the woman herself holding a book entitled “I Ordered My Future Yesterday”-The Julie Cox Story-. Yes! It was Julie Cox at her own FIL-AM Garden and Resort in San Antonio, Quezon where she is not doing missionary works and not delivering speeches. The book will tell you the rest of the story. It might be the moving force you have waited for all this time.
Originally posted on The Inner Way:
While I was away, a friend left me a copy of Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita by Ram Dass. I probably should have taken that as cue to read it right away, but it sat on my nightstand for several weeks. Yet now that I’ve picked it up, I’m finding the book overflowing with valuable and insightful lessons.
A master storyteller, Ram Dass retells tales from the Gita making them relevant to our everyday lives, sprinkling in a heavy dose of anecdotes, many of them humorous personal reflections on his own pursuit of spiritual happiness. One passage that really got me thinking was about the choice between free will and predetermination. Put simply, it begs the question:
Do you really call the shots or does God have a predetermined plan for you?
“I Ordered My Future Yesterday”
The Fifteen Keys To Life
#7 Be an instrument of change for the benefit of yourself and others.If you help yourself and become succesful,then you can help others with your generosity.
#7Be an instrument of change for the be
Originally posted on Glenn Gordon - Always Write:
They live in Cuidad del Este, Paraguay, and together they call themselves, Mujeres Virtuosas – that is, Virtuous Women. My micro-loan was a small portion of the $3,225 they had requested to purchase fabrics, thread, needles, buttons, and other supplies as they strive day to day to give their families the basics of a worthy life without hardships.
Last month they repaid my loan in full. That’s right; my $50 was back in my account, as was the other $3,175 into other loaners’ accounts. And 6,800 miles away in Cuidad del Este fifteen women are on a self-supporting path to a better life.