On being busy, tattoos, and the lights going out!

I’m a guy who is used to being busy. I love wall-to-wall schedules and although I complain about it, I actually enjoy it provided I have the car to go places and get everything done.

That’s why I have a like-unlike relationship with summer. (Notice I did not use ‘love-hate’ cuz it’s not that a big deal). When this time of the year comes, the weather reigns over everything else and people seem to trim down their schedules or reduce what they are supposed to be doing by about 50%. I am serious. Look at your schedules. When I look at mine, I notice that the people I normally interact with seem to be too lazy to do a lot of things. I get fewer calls for work, even for just fun things. People just like vegetating anywhere there is air conditioning. They would rather just stay somewhere and chill.

That’s enough reason for me to get more busy with blogging.

I used to pose ANYTHING on this blog. Then I decided that I would only put my PhilStar Sunday articles on it. While I get a lot of following for those things I post, the blog has become too serious. So starting now, I am back to mixing the shallow and the deep, the sacred and profane, the fun and the serious in one place.

As it is in life, so shall it be on this blog!

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Last night I attended the launch of the Globe Tattoo Awards 2013. I was asked to be a judge in this years awards. I will mostly be judging entries on the music category.

While I am honored to have been asked to judge, I feel a tinge of regret since this blog will be disqualified from joining in any category. Oh well.. OK lang! At least somehow, I can influence people about what I think is music worth listening to and supporting in some way.

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I’ve been visiting a sick friend who unfortunately will not recover from his sickness. He is suffering from COPD, (Comprehensive Obstruction of the Pulmonary Disease), a progressive disease brought about by smoking. He is getting weaker by the week. I feel so bad for him.

We had prayers for him for 9 days last week. Each night, we had a silent moment, talked and just projected healing thoughts. They were sessions that did the sick a lot of good and also all those who attended. It was great to be with close friends ruminating about life.

Ever since I turned 60, I’ve been feeling that the end of life has become more visible. Young people react with incredulity and think I am morose. But death will come to everyone, for sure. You can count on it. But I go to the gym to make sure I have more healthy days than sick ones in my remaining years.

I am beginning to do more and more of what I want to do. My bucket list is becoming more and more an urgent list of tasks. I now firmly refuse invitations that do not in anyway give me any sense of purpose or fun. Not much time to waste. I must do what I must do.

This lead me to think of the meaning of things which I think about more often now. Money, while important has lost much of its mystique and allure. It is still important to have some, but at a certain point, one must develop a better relationship with it based on the principle that you can’t take it with you.

The things that make me feel alive are more important now. I still like to do a lot of traveling, meet a lot of people, inspire and be inspired, confront and experience life’s great questions and discover for myself the meaning of mysteries. But perhaps the most important of all is to have time for family, friends, all those we love. And it is not just being with them but paying attention to their stories, feelings and where they are in their journeys.

When you are a young man as I was once, there is less time to do these things because one can be so absorbed with ones’ career and the drive to make money, acquire properties, etc.. There is a time for that and it is during one’s youth. Now things are changing for me. As Carl Jung said, and I paraphrase, ‘..what was true in the morning of life may become a lie in the afternoon..’.

I want to know what I have missed out on and do what needs to be done. I also want to impact the world for the better by helping expand the consciousness of others before the lights go out. Now is the time for this.

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On Fate

Kehlog Albran, a spoof of Kahlil Gibran, was the craziest Philosopher I read in College. He had a book called The Profit. Here’s an excerpt.

A priest asked,
What is Fate, Master?

And he answered:
It is that which gives a beast of burden its reason for existence.
It is that which men in former times had to bear upon their backs.
It is that which has caused nations to build by-ways from City to City upon which carts and coaches pass, and alongside which inns have come to be built to stave off Hunger, Thirst and Weariness.
It is that which has caused great fleets of ships to ply the Seven Seas wherever the wind blows.

And that is Fate? said the priest.

Fate… I thought you said Freight, responded the Master.

That’s all right, said the priest. I wanted to know what Freight was too.