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Friday, January 1, 2010

Fullness of Life

I woke up unusually early, even though we got home late from last night's countdown party. My senses are excited to  taste and savor  the first day of 2010.

Last night was loud with fireworks, cheerful with laughter and solemn in prayer. Last night, friends and family gathered to welcome the first day of the new year. 

Today, like last year, I sit here in my blogging chair -the one I have since I started to blog some three years past- old, warm worn-out and dependable. The house is quiet, everyone still asleep. I positioned my hands on my keyboard, clueless about what I will write... yet, wanting to write! Blogging use to calm me. I will wait...

Am back with steaming hot coffee and still clueless about what to write. Hmm... sip, sniff (this coffee smells good)...sip.. I like it when I get that now-so-rare bout of writing gut-level. I use to do it a lot with my blog TEStimony, but I stopped when I moved to Craftista.. I don't even know why... must be because I got hooked with photo blogs (don't get me wrong, I love photo blogs!)

Here goes the de-throned queen of randomness! So much has happened in a year. My being is in reflective mood, I will just follow its lead.

"Sunset on a snowy day"  taken a month ago

A year ago in December of 2008, my prognosis was cancer. I had cancer. Had two major surgeries in an interval of three months. Ever heard of the words, "live like today is your last?" Haha... have not paid much attention to such until I had to look death in the eye (albeit a blurry view). My prognosis took-off my horse blinders and made me see the world 10 degrees clearer! My senses were heightened! If there's anything, that episode in my life made me more aware, attuned... alive!

Icicles on a rose (taken the day after it snowed)

Much can be said about tragedy. But when handled well, it can be a great tonic for a more meaningful life. Doods and I realized that our misfortune is the start of our spiritual journey -one that has been bumpy and adventuresome. Before I had cancer, we were lost in the mundane world of undramatic living. And now, here we are transformed into a man and woman of renewed purpose and mission. Paradox is one of God's mysterious gifts. We are challenge to unravel and discover it in order to appreciate it. Everything is but a piece of a puzzle, and when all else has fallen into place, a beautiful masterpiece will unfold. The masterpiece that is our life. My life. Until the Artist is done with me, I will not complain (I may fidget a little) but nevertheless, I will submit. I believe that He is in complete control and He knows what's best. One can almost say that there are no tragedies really, only opportunity for spiritual growth.

Icicles on our magnolia tree (taken the day after it snowed)

Life is unpredictable. There is success and there is failure. We make plans and we try to live the best way we know how and sometimes, we take life at its face value. But Doods and I realized the wonderful news is that the best way we know how is NOT yet the best way. We have decided to quit losing our peace and be quick to work with God. To stay PLIANT in our attitude towards life. In this adventure called life, we will become a vessel for God’s higher purpose. A vessel of honor. And bask in this God given destiny.

My first post for this year, It is written so I can always look back and be reminded. . .

Happy New Year dear blogging buddies! May this year be abundant with blessings, may it be filled with peace, joy and lots of LOVE!





29 comments:

Lin Floyd said...

thanks for commenting on my blog. i love discovering new buddies online and your post was most insightful. I too believe that God is guiding our lives even though those parts we don't want to enter for there are lessons to be learn. Happy new year.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Love your reflective post, Tes... 2009 was a year you won't forget.. BUT--you use 'my' word (attitude) to its fullest ---and therefore, have won many battles with that dreaded cancer this past year. Just keep on remembering that JOYFUL ATTITUDE and you will have a wonderful 2010 also... God Bless You, Tes.

Happy New Year.
Hugs,
Betsy

JOE TODD said...

Tes, what a great post to start 2010. Reminds me of a short story
"The Precious Present" by Spencer Johnson
Wishing you the very best

Regina said...

A Wonderful New Year.
Cheers and regards.
Lovely post!

betchai said...

Tes, you have such a wonderful first post for 2010, i so like your reflective writing here, am glad to enjoy reading it once again..am glad you found the time to sit on your warm blogging chair and let your words flow naturally from your heart.

happy New Year to you and Doods, Tes. 2 New Years together, and still counting for many more New Years between us and the TSS gang.

love, hugs, and God Bless.

PS....
I wonder why I don't see your blog updated in my link, latest update was stil the gardening (?) , hopefully blogger will update it soon.

betchai said...

PS.....forgot to tell you that i love your pictures, the icicles on the magnolia tree is so awesome.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful snaps. I loved the sunset shot in snow.
Wish you Happy & Prosperous New Year.

Snap said...

Happy, Happy New Year, Tes ... to you and Doods.

teJan said...

wow! this post i so love:) thanks for sharing and i want you to know, I'm happy i dropped by here today! so touch while reading it and love all the pictures!

keep it up tes!

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful post in every way, Tes! Best wishes to you and Doods for 2010 and beyond!

Pacey said...

It is a very touching post Tes, some things happen for a reason and the important thing is you've grasped what it was. BTW, the mention of your coffee makes me long one...I've been caffeine free now for months, huhuhu...anyway, hope you have another wonderful new year!

Liss said...

What a beautiful post they say you can't know where you are headed unless you know where you have been.

Here wishing you an amazing 2010.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What a great start to this new year of blogging. It appears that you and I were in the same mood, reflective, this morning. I'm sure there were many others reflecting on the past and the future as were we. Best wishes to you and Doods for a happy, healthy, prosperous and safe New Year.

Hilda said...

You are a very strong and remarkably resilient woman, and I admire you for that. Thank you for the beautiful new year blessing, and I wish you back the same things. Happy New Year!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful post, my dear friend! It's full of inspiring thoughts, live at the moment, count blessings, and walk on with possitive attitude.

Your photos are gorgeous, and Have a wonderful New Year!

Whitemist said...

I know the story you are telling well!
The experience can bring us to new places and that is good.
The best for this new year!

rainfield61 said...

Every new day is a gift to us, and we are there to see wonders, like your icicles.

Happy and healthy new year to you.

RNSANE said...

My dear Tes, I did not know about your bout with cancer. Though I have been an RN for nearly 45 years, I cannot fathom how patients deal with that diagnosis. It always feels so overwhelming to me when my family and friends are told they have this disease. I feel so totally helpless. I assume that your surgeries were successful and I pray you had a full recovery. You have become such a wonderfully bright spot in my life and I treasure you as a friend though we have never met.

You and Doods are ever in my prayers.

kulasa said...

hi Tesya! your spiritual strength is so amazing, indeed God works in mysterious ways...i am with you all the way in savoring the goodness of life, as God would want us to celebrate his creation...the sunset up there, is as radiant as your smile...thank you for making my day...and the past year a beautiful memory of on-line sincere friendship...happy New Year to you and Doods! and hey, kiss the wonderful nieces for me...mwah!

wenn said...

really admire yr strong will. keep it up. may God bless u. happy new year.

doroastig said...

munting pahabol: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!

Bodhi said...

There is a big coincidence with what you wrote and in what I've written for today. Attitude is everything.

Chay said...

So meaningful and touching Tes. Happy New Year too and may this be another year of answered prayers, dreams fulfilled, questions answered. Last year was awesome for you, I can't wait to see what this year will bring you. My faith has grown much deeper as I witnessed what God has done in your life. Thanks for always sharing - we are all learning from your experiences.

Cheers and wishing that this year be another great year for all of us !

Cheryl said...

I wish you and your husband a wonderful, energizing, fun, happy, healthy spiritual, wise and delightful Happy New Year! You are a true inspiration to me and I have learned much from you since I started following your blog this past year. You bring such hope!
Bless you.

Dishesdone said...

Great post to look back on! Wishing you all good things in the New Year!

Denise said...

What a lovely post. Your attitude is great. May you have the happiest and healthiest of New Years.

Tekkaus said...

2009 is good as gone. I'm sure 2009 will be much better for you Tes. :D

SquirrelQueen said...

Your reflective post is a great way to start the year Tes. Your look back has an eye for the future as well.

Very well written and beautiful photos. We may not realize it but photos do speak loudly, we tell others a lot about ourselves with the images from our cameras.

Happy New Year,
Judy

seo new york said...

Satisfaction comes through a personal relationship with Jesus. The Joy of the Lord is our strength.Thanks.....

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