Archive for January, 2012

Don’t let other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs

Don’t let other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs

God Scent

Heaven Scent

Smell the Rain…….

A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. Still groggy from surgery, her husband David held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news.

That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency cesarean to deliver the couple’s new daughter, Danae Lu Blessing. At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound and nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature. Still, the doctor’s soft words dropped like bombs.

“I don’t think she’s going to make it,” he said, as kindly as he could. “There’s only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one.”

Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Danae would likely face if she survived. She would never walk. She would never talk. She would probably be blind. She would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation. And on and on.

“No! No!” was all Diana could say. She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four. Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away.

Through the dark hours of morning as Danae held onto life by the thinnest thread, Diana slipped in and out of drugged sleep, growing more and more determined that their tiny daughter would live and live to be a healthy, happy young girl. But David, fully awake and listening to additional dire details of their daughter’s chances of ever leaving the hospital alive, much less healthy, knew he must confront his wife with the inevitable.

“David walked in and said that we needed to talk about making funeral arrangements,” Diana remembers “I felt so bad for him because he was doing everything, trying to include me in what was going on, but I just wouldn’t listen, I couldn’t listen. I said, “No, that is not going to happen, no way! I don’t care what the doctors say Danae is not going to die!

One day she will be just fine, and she will be coming home with us!”

As if willed to live by Diana’s determination, Danae clung to life hour after hour, with the help of every medical machine and marvel her miniature body could endure But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Danae’s underdeveloped nervous system was sentially “raw,” every lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort- so they couldn’t even cradle their tiny baby girl against

their chests to offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Danae struggled alone beneath the ultra-violet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl.

There was never a moment when Danae suddenly grew stronger. But as weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there.

At last, when Danae turned two months old, her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time. And two months later-though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving,much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero – Danae went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted.

Today, five years later, Danae is a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life. She shows no signs, whatsoever, of any mental or physical impairments. Simply, she is everything a little girl can be and more-but that happy ending is far from the end of her story.

One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Danae was sitting in her mother’s lap in the bleachers of a local ball park where her brother Dustin’s baseball team was practicing. As always, Danae was chattering non-stop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent.

Hugging her arms across her chest, Danae asked, “Do you smell that?”. Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied, “Yes, it smells like rain.” Danae closed her eyes and again asked, “Do you smell that?” Once again, her mother replied, “Yes, I think we’re about to get wet. It smells like rain.”

Still caught in the moment, Danae shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, “No, it smells like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest.”

Tears blurred Diana’s eyes as Danae then happily hopped down to play with the other children. Before the rains came her daughter’s words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along.

During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Danaeon His chest- and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.


Top 20 Signs To Tell If He Likes You

How do you tell if a guy likes you? That is the question that I always hear when a girl is asking to their friends about a guy that she starts getting interested to him.
Sometimes, it can be frustrating not knowing the whether he may feel the same way as you do. Sometimes we might think that he does like us but the fact might be the opposite.
Well, to know that a guy likes you then you have to read the signs from himself to know if he really likes to you or not. So, here are some signs to look for to know when a guy likes you: 1. He will make eye contact with you, and then look away when your eyes meet.
2. He is always willing to help you or do you favors (like rides home, or physical work)
3. He will always look for you in a crowd, then when he finds you will act like he doesn’t see you 4. He will laugh at all your jokes/will try to make you laugh. 5. He talks to his friends about you
6. He mentions activities that you are interested in so there is a chance for you two to do them together. 7. He will always find a reason to talk to you or touch you in any way. 8. He pokes fun at you, but in a nice way
9. He seems genuinely interested in what you have to say.
10. He remembers little things that you’ve talked about before a long time ago, and brings them up in conversations to let you know that he remembered.

11. He will always stare at you, and your friends may notice it too.
12. When you are talking with him and your friends, he will only comment on something that you say, or will look at you whenever he speaks. 13. He starts acting nicer when you’re around him
14. He says “yes” to all the things you ask him to do
15. He treats you differently to other girls (He will make you feel special) 16. He looks at you a lot every time you smile or laugh
17. He finds any excuse to touch you or sit next to you
18. If you flirt with a friend of his when he can see, and he looks jealous or automatically flirts back 19. He asks about you to your friends when you’re not around 20. He has cute little nicknames for you
Now, after knowing all these signs, what will you do next? Once you know fairly sure that he likes you, it is time to take action. Put together a step-by-step plan for getting him to fall for you.
But how about if he seems does not interested in you? If that so, then you need to know the trick is. The trick here is to know what it is that makes a man feel this kind of attraction for you. You need to learn the specifics tips for how to create that kind of attraction inside a man, whether you’re just meeting him, or you’ve been together for months or years.
When you do the things that are sure to make a man feel that gut-level attraction that goes deeper than just his physical attraction and desires, then he’ll do and try anything to be close to you.
Finally, what you need to do is to learn skill about knowing how to make man feel attraction for you. What you have to do is to learn. It’s a skill, and I honestly believe that any woman can learn it if she wants. 🙄

20 ways to tell if you’re a real Cebuano

OCCASIONS and celebrations come and go. Yes, just like seasons in the sun. After Christmas came Sinulog. Now that these are over and done with, what’s next?

There’s Valentine’s Day, then the Holy Week, graduation, summer holiday, Labor Day, school opening, Independence Day etc.

Cebu really never runs out of celebrations, and along with these, the sale promos at the mall or anywhere else. Be proud to be a Cebuano. Are you?

Cebuano ka ba o Cebuano ba ka? Yup, you’re a Cebuano if…

1. You have no “L” in your vocabulary: Bay, Wa, Di.

2. You know the meaning of the words mosuroy, manglimbong, mangilad, maningkamot, mamakak, makighimamat, lumad.

3. You know the meaning of these modern short-cut terms: naning, promdi, McDo, spag.

4. You know Vino Kulafu, Rufina Patis, San Mig.

5. You know Titay, Shamrock, Alejo, Villalonga, Didang.

6. You know where Fuente, Colon, Junquera, Taboan, Pasil etc. are.

7. The family names Osmeña, Gaisano, Ludo, Rama, Singson, Cuenco ring a bell to you.

8. You would miss eating lechon or sinugbang baboy or isda (grilled pork or fish) with your hands.

9. You bring danggit, otap, dried mangoes, or even one whole lechon, as pasalubong (souvenir) to friends and relatives.

10. You’re familiar with Sutukil, budbud, bibingka, masareal, otap, rosquillos.

11. You know where Gaisano Colon, Lao Eng Chong, White Gold, Taoist Temple, BTC, STK, JY Square etc. are.

12. You ask a friend when you bump into him in the mall: “Nag-unsa ka?” or “Ikaw ra?” or “Kinsa imong kuyog?”

13. You say “Bitaw” and “Mao gyud” if and when you agree on something.

14. You say “Puera buyag” when somebody appreciates your beauty or talent.

15. You say “More pa, mamatay pa ko” when you try to tell the truth, while making a cross sign with your fingers.

16. You know how to sing Usahay, Matud Nila, Bisan Sa Damgo Lang.

17. You feel happy and excited when you meet a fellow Cebuano in Manila or in the U.S.

18. You use “Bai” or “Dong” or “Day” in addressing a person whose name you don’t know.

19. You knock on wood and say, “Simba ko lang, palayo” when you don’t want something bad to happen or to drive away a bad omen.

20. Your Tagalog sounds very hard and is distorted: “Mag-inusapay muna kayo diyan,” “Huwag mong katihin ang likod mo,” “Ang mahal naman. Patawarin mo ako,” “Huwag mong libugin ang utak ko.” 🙄

Dance Like No One’s Watching

We convince ourselves that life
will be better after we get married,
have a baby, then another.
Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough
and we’ll be more content when they are.

After that we’re frustrated that we
have teenagers to deal with,
we will certainly be happy
when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete
when our spouse gets his or her act together,
when we get a nicer car,
are able to go on a nice vacation,
when we retire.
The truth is there’s no better time
to be happy than right now.
If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges.
It’s best to admit this to yourself
and decide to be happy anyway.
One of my favorite quotes comes
from Alfred D Souza.

He said, “For a long time it had seemed
to me that life was about to begin -real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way,
something to be gotten through first,
some unfinished business,
time still to be served,
a debt to be paid. Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me that these
obstacles were my life.”

This perspective has helped me to see
that there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way,
so, treasure every moment that you have.
And treasure it more because you shared it
with someone special,
special enough to spend your time…
and remember that time waits for no one.

So stop waiting until you finish school,
until you go back to school,
until you lose ten pounds,
until you gain ten pounds,
until you have kids,
until your kids leave the house,
until you start work,
until you retire,
until you get married,
until you get divorced,
until Friday night,
until Sunday morning,
until you get a new car or home,
until your car or home is paid off,
until spring, until summer,
until fall, until winter,
until you are off welfare,
until the first or fifteenth,
until your song comes on,
until you’ve had a drink,
until you’ve sobered up,
until you die, until you are born again
to decide that there is no better time
than right now to be happy…
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So, Work like you don’t need money.
Love like you’ve never been hurt and
Dance Like no one’s watching.

Author Unknown