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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A WORKING mom’s life is never easy. For all working moms out there, that is probably an understatement. It is not new for us to try and do about five things at the same time, all the while thinking about twenty others.
I salute moms who manage to do that multi-tasking thing, and still end up with a spotless home. Sometimes I think they are magicians (or illusionists?), or they have more than 24 hours a day to put everything in place before they retire at night. Or they probably do not sleep!
Ever since I got hooked with Pinterest, this (relatively) new player in the social media arena where you can create “boards” (your own categories) for photos you want to “pin,” I have gotten more and more – well, depressed – with the state of things at my holocaust-themed abode.
With each DIY board and every home decorating board I saw at Pinterest, I used to give out long sighs and grunts of frustration knowing I’m miles away from having that in my kitchen, living room, or bedroom.
But hey, why should I sulk? Why should I take it negatively? It is the universe telling me I need to act right now, otherwise all those tips, tricks and techniques waiting to be explored will just be put to waste.
As one of my favorite quotes states: “I still have a long way to go, but I am closer than I was yesterday.” Well no, not physically so – not yet – but I am now conceptualizing, visualizing. And I am doing this. Eventually. No magic or witchcraft needed. But I digress…
Two weeks ago, after we visited Mama’s new home at Eternal Gardens for the commemoration of her 4th year “homecoming” to Papa Jesus, we decided to spend the night at San Luis del Mar in Bauang, La Union. The whole family loves the sun, sand and sea, and that was our chance for a much needed break from our busy schedules. It was one of those rare occasions when we get to enjoy a beach getaway even if it wasn’t summer. The place is great, good enough for a fun outing…and the infinity pool presents a fantastic view of the beach. It was a great breather, and I could not thank God enough for the chance to enjoy that weekend with my family. While we were swimming in the pool after dinner, rain began to fall. I didn’t miss the chance to feel the rain on my skin – it’s been years since I last did that. I couldn’t remember the last time anymore, actually.
That is the thing with a hectic life. You get to enjoy precious minutes of chilling out, because you know you deserve it. You realize the value of being there in the moment, not thinking about anything else but relaxing, because you know it won’t last that long. You get lost in all the fun and pleasure, because it’s only a brief interlude, a pause – a comma – in your otherwise bustling existence.
“Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.” (Winnie The Pooh)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 27, 2012.