To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy not respectable, and wealthy not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In other words, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. – BruceLee
Seven months ago, I had the luck of finding a grey, striped, crazy, living furball.
It’s safe to say that my days from then on have never been the same.
So, as my good deed for the day, let me share some of the reasons why I think adopting a pet (dog or cat) is one of the most awesome things you can do for yourself.
Let’s start! Meeeee-yaaaaw!
1. Pets are GOOD LISTENERS
Just got your heartbroken? Just killed someone?
Hey, your friendly, non-judging pet is here for you to listen.
C’mon… you can let it all out with them. They will even cry with you.
2. Pets make us LAUGH
They are funny as hell. Just check out Youtube and you’d see that more than half of the funny videos there are made by pet owners and their crazy pets.
3. Pets can be a cute alternative to an ALARM CLOCK
If you want a dog, prepare to get wet. In my case, I prepare for scratches. Sweet.
4. Pets teach us RESPONSIBILITY
It’s like taking care of a baby… a wild and crazy baby, just to turn up the ante.
5. Pets teach us DISCIPLINE
They crave for routine. So make sure that you can give them an organized and timely schedule of… feeding.
6. Pets show us INDEPENDENCE
They do their own thing… 90% of the time.
You can’t tell them what to do, unless, you have food. (And sometimes, even that, fails. Haha)
7. Pets helps us APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THINGS
They can see beauty in every thing. No matter how little or invaluable to us.
Take my cat, for example, her favorite plaything? Crumpled paper.
8. Pets strengthen our PATIENCE
I know they are cute, but they are also capable of:
- making incessant noise at 2 am in the morning
- smearing poop everywhere
- destroying your favorite furniture
- breaking every vase and pot in the house
- unannounced biting and scratching
9. Pets make us FEEL LOVED
They are always excited and happy to see you. They never judge you. They are always interested in what you’re doing. They are sad when you are sad, and happy when you are happy. They protect you from bad guys. ‘Nuff said.
10. Pets let us GIVE LOVE
That’s right. They LET us, and they love it.
And that is the most beautiful thing that one can have — an opportunity to give love.
I know that I have already shared something about Boracay, and like most blogs, I focused more on how beautiful the island’s landscape is — how white and powdery its sand is, or how its blue seas glitter under the hot sun.
This time however, I have been made aware that amidst the beauty, there is something ugly that lurks underneath and I cannot just stand here and look away.
So as my good deed for the day, I will share a chance for everybody to make a difference.
Let’s make Boracay an island that we know is beautiful not only for its enviable sand and sea, but also for its enviable humanity.
I just signed the petition, “Johnny Yap, Mayor of Boracay, Philippines: Stop the Cruel Treatment of Boracay’s Homeless Animals.”
Congratulations for passing the day that tests how romantic AND creative you are.
Anyhoo, the best way to take advantage of this achievement you’ve “unlocked” is to make sure that the feelings rekindled and revived yesterday will be sustained for the next 364 days before next year’s Valentine’s Day.
I can see nodding here and there. Yes…. Yes.
I can also see in your faces that that is a more grueling task than the preparation you had before Valentine’s Day. Yes… Yes.
But that’s one of the many fun things in having a romantic relationship, isn’t it? — the fun in thinking of new ways and letting your creative (and non-creative, bodily) juices flow to make sure that your partner is as happy as a hippie on ecstasy.
And so, as my good deed for the day, let me share with you some of my favorite quoted lines from some of my favorite authors that you can tell your sweetheart, today, tomorrow, and the next few days after, and make him or her giddy as f***.
It is the best thing that one can give and receive.
So, get go, good luck, and you are welcome!
*Note: All photos here were taken during my trips around the Philippines. =)
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
I’ve read the book a couple of times, although I haven’t seen the movie. The image above is a poster for the movie which I took because I liked the tagline, “How long would you wait for love?”
Well, how long do you wait for love?
Some would say, as long as it’s worth it. Others, would not even want to be bothered by it. But, Florentino…. He would give his lifetime.
When I was reading the story, I saw the beauty of the story not through this “eternal” love. I’m not sure why, maybe I’m not as romantic as I hoped myself to be.
Don’t get me wrong, my nose would bleed with happiness if someone like Florentino would love me and wait for me that long. I’d even say, that would be a part of any sane woman’s dream.
I guess, you know, I was just more focused on the details of the story.
The characters and how they went about with their lives were more interesting for me.
Their humanness, gracefulness and vulnerability; the tragedy and beauty of being human — all carefully woven by Garcia-Marquez.
I love it.
I almost cried at the ending, too.
The Selfless Love
The Velveteen Rabbit
Well, deny it or not, everyone has felt unrequited love at one point of their lives, yes? — Yes (with a shaky voice, mehehe)
It is a painful experience.
Especially if you’re a rabbit… and a toy.
I’ll share with you the part that makes me cry buckets every time I read it:
‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse.
‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Huhuhu… Too many feels…
Pass me the Kleenex please.
The Enduring Love
This poster is distracting me. Hahaha. Curse you Channing Tatum!
Anyway, I luuuurved the story that inspired the movie.
This is a quote from the (Kim: husband & Krickitt: wife) couple’s interview with DailyMail:
Walking away was just not an option though.
‘I had made my vows in front of my family and friends, to stay together, for good and for bad, in sickness and in health.’ Krickitt decided she had to learn to love this man again, however long it might take and however hard she might find it.
Kim was of a similar mind. ‘I had made my vows to Krickitt and there was no way I would ever have abandoned her,’ he says fondly. ‘I knew the incredible woman she was before the accident and the woman she could be again. However angry she became, and however much we argued, I knew that I had to keep trying.’
I know it’s not as well-versed as the vows in the movie, but their belief in their vows and their marriage is just as moving.
It was an enduring and heart-wrenching love story of two people who chose to honor their vows — something that we do not see so often in this world where everything seems so dispensable.
To wrench our hearts further here are the vows used in the movie:
Whew! I have exhausted my Kleenex box, so I will rest. Hahaha.
I will just continue on adding to this list from time to time.
If you have love stories to share, feel free to post below! =)
I can smell love in the air… It smells like chocolate,