Where is the Good in Goodbye?

Thank God, it's Friday! This is my favorite day. Aside from it being the last working day of the week, we have free snacks courtesy of our generous Executive Officers. Today, we have ice cream and cupcakes. What is so special today? We are celebrating a friend's birthday!

Happy Birthday, Junele!

Our happiness would have been complete if only some of our colleagues and friends were not leaving the company. We have been working together for more than three years. We may have transferred from one department to another but the silent bond is still there. I really hate goodbyes. Where is the good in goodbye? I much prefer saying, "See you soon!" because I am still holding on to the hope of meeting them again in the future.

"May you always have work for your hands to do;
May your pockets always hold a coin or two;
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane;
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I'll miss you
Until we meet again!
Don't be dismayed at goodbyes.
A farewell is necessary before we can meet again.
And meeting again, after moments or lifetime,
is certain for those who are friends."

The Original Team

Things We Cannot Recover in Life

We cannot recover four things in life. From these things we learn, we grow, we live.

"I've spent my life running from the emptiness that haunts me
And I've spent my whole life trying to ease the loneliness away
And I die inside when I think of all the people that I've damaged
I'm tired, I'm so tired and there's no one else except myself to blame"

The stone …
… after the throw!

"My life's been wasted, everything is gone".

Was there a time in your life when you have everything, wasted it, and now left with nothing but regrets? When you have the power, but abused it and now, you cannot take over. When once you were famous but became egomaniac and insufferable and all the people who were head over heels with you would spit on your face if given a chance?

Value what you have now before you end up craving for them when they were lost.

The word …
… after it's said!

Have you ever been wounded by words? I have, and most of you probably have been hurt, too. I know there have been times when I have hurt my parents, spouse, children and friends with careless words that I spoke without thinking, or those that slipped out in a moment of anger. They have done the same to me. The things they say do not just feel like a slap in the face; they feel like a knife twisting in the gut.

Most of us are guilty of hurting those we love with our words. We may say that "It is just words" or "I really did not mean it", but the damage has already been done.

Words are very powerful. Words can hurt or heal, build up or tear down, comfort or curse. Harsh words spoken to a child can resonate throughout their life, as can words of encouragement. Words have the ability to elevate someone to their highest potential or shred their self-esteem. Therefore, we have to think first what we should utter before we regret saying them.

The occasion …
… after the loss.

We should never ignore the opportunities that come knocking on our doors. Certainly, not every opportunity will be right for us, but too often, we reject, or simply ignore opportunities. Our inattention, lack of confidence and even fear are some of the reasons why we do so but if we want to keep moving forward, we must take advantage of each opportunity as it comes. Unfortunately, opportunity is fleeting and, when missed, is often gone forever. While we cannot beat ourselves up over every missed opportunity, hopefully we learn from our mistakes and become more aware in the future.

The time …
… after it's gone …

We must spend some time with our loved ones because they are not going to be around forever. Just spending a little time with them shows that we care and that they are important.

When was the last time you spent your time with your family and friends? When was the last time you showed them you care? When was the last time you said "I Love You"? Have you said "Sorry" to the person you have wronged before?

Nothing in life is more important than our family and friends. We should give them the time they deserve because we cannot put these things off until "some other time" - when this "some other time" would not come anymore.

Postpartum Rashes

Three weeks after giving birth, I had rashes all over my body. At first, I noticed some red spots on my back and thought those were only insect bites. But later on the day, the spots spread to my legs, arms, neck, face and stomach; and eventually, they are all over my body! They itch really bad I could hardly sleep. My OB-Gyne advised me to see a dermatologist. The doctor diagnosed those rashes to be due to allergies. But I'm not allergic to anything. This is the first time I ever had such skin rashes since birth. The doctor could not point out what caused my allergies but prescribed anti-allergy medication anyway. Three days after taking the anti-allergy medicines, the spots gradually disappeared but the cause was still unknown.