Thursday, June 19, 2008

A carrot, An egg, and the coffee beans

A CARROT, AN EGG, AND COFFEE BEANS ...

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and every one around you is crying.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tagged by ylnoseye

THE RULES

1. Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.
2. Bloggers tagged need to write on their blog about their ten things and post the rules.
3. At the end of your blog you need to choose ten people you're going to tag and list their names.
4. Do not forget to comment on their site that they are tagged.


10 Random Things About LAUDEMER:

1. Vegetables hate me.....and so do I hehehe. Bilang sa daliri ko sa kamay yung times na nakakain ako ng gulay (forced pa yun....hahaha). Kahit minced carrots sa yang chow, na-fifilter ko, hehehe. I do not eat vegetables and i don't know why hehe....except sa kalabasa, capsulated veggies and french fries!!!! (glorified potatoes, hahaha)  

2. Im a chocolate addict.....choc nut, nips, m&m, hershey's, cadbury's , tobleron,dark, white...sweetened or not, i do even eat tableas raw ( native chocolates from Bohol)

3. Im a colour blind person (the result of no. 1 hahaha) . Its kinda hard for me to distinguish the colours red and green, green and brown, brown and red, violet and blue, violet and pink, pink and white. *** ( subject to change)

4. A volunteer TV camera man/director in our Church since 1998 (man, 10 years na pala). Watch This New Life on IBC 13 Sundays 6:30AM to 7:30 AM (plugging hehehe)

5.My name comes from the Latin portuguese word laudemer which means "praise". Laude from the latin word LAUDE which means honour......kapanipaniwala ba? hahaha

6.Im a GUINNESS World record holder.....eh, just a part of the world's largest human rainbow, im one of 35 kilo pixel, i mean 35000 people who formed that rainbow.

7. I've done 2 spying jobs from my previous work....and the experience was exciting! ( I was almost caught in my last 007 work...woooo). Given the chance to work as a spy again, im very willing to do the job again.

8.I was one of the few VERY LUCKY persons here in the Philippines who witnessed the Leonid meteor shower of 2001. I just counted 250 meteors lang naman (falling stars) for about an hour. That event happens only every 33 years.Did i mention that I saw the moon turned blooddy red last 2004?

9.I love pizzas!!!!! ( wala nang maisip, hahaha)

10. I believe that our good works here on earth won't save us from eternal hell. Our relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Just accept Jesus as your Saviour,believe that He died for your sins and He has ressurected to redeem us from sins;  have a good relationship with Him; follow his directions....that's it, Welcome to HEAVEN!!!

If you’re reading this… YOU’RE TAGGED








Monday, June 9, 2008

Chronicales of Narnia: Prince Caspian OST The Call by Regina Spektor

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
'Til it was a battle cry

I'll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything's changing
Doesn't mean it's never
Been this way before

All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light

You'll come back
When it's over
No need to say good bye

You'll come back
When it's over
No need to say good bye

Now we're back to the beginning
It's just a feeling and now one knows yet
But just because they can't feel it too
Doesn't mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger and stronger
'Til they're before your eyes

You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye

You'll come back
When they call you
No need to say good bye

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Desert Song by Brooke Fraser

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

This my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favour and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've received I will sow.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS 2008 : AND THE WINNER IS....



It seems that ITALY is fortunato for this year's WORLD PYRO OLYMPICS. It's their debut in the second most prestigious fireworks display competition in the World and tadahhhh... they grabbed the winner's cup; the best among others. I've been a fan WPO ever since and I've never missed watching it since the annual Pyro competition started last 2006. I watched the Canada's and France's WPO entries last May 12 and last May 31, host country, the Philippines' exhibition at the rooftop of Mall of Asia with Hillsong United Street team and a friend of mine. As usual, the finale of the Philippines was the scattering of hundreds or a thousand perhaps of red flares into the night sky of Manila bay. Such an awesome and incredible moment! The dark sky turned into a burning red ....the sky was literally blazing! Hundreds of floating fires in the sky that lasted for about a minute....it was really amazing. Unfortunately, I was'nt able to see the exhibition of team ITALY last May 19, but luckily still, thanks to people who uploaded their videos on youtube. This video below is from nn93. One word for team ITALY : EXCELLENTE!