The Seeker

In between times …is NOW.


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Waiting … in the Meantime

Waiting

A lot of life that is about waiting. Waiting until you’re old enough to drive, or go off to college, or marry the love of your life, or…. You get the picture. The life of faith is something like that, too. Theologians are fond of saying we live in the “in-between” time of Christ’s first coming and Christ’s return. Much, we pray, will be made right when Christ comes again. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to do “in the meantime.” Whatever end awaits us, in the meantime we can care for those around us, have courage, share hope, love those around us, strive for what is best, and a whole host of other things.

But that can be hard. As W.H. Auden once wrote, the time being can be “the hardest time of all.” So I wanted to create a place where we can encourage each other in faith and life…in the meantime.

Source:  in the Meantime about David Lose


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No strings attached. A Random Act of Kindness

Question: How do you accept and react to kindness?

A wonderful experience happened to me this Saturday on the way to the mall.

Two children, a boy and a girl, came running towards me with bottles on their hands if I want to have bottled water.

It was a surprising gesture and unsure whether this was for real. I wondered if they were doing fund-raising. I knelt to their level to ask them where their parents are and how much a bottle of water is.

As I was about to ask them, two adult women came up to me explaining what the children are doing.

“We are teaching the children to give without anything in return. We are teaching people to accept without giving in return.”

What a noble idea. A random act of kindness.

This incident excited me and in an instant I wanted to ask these strangers a million and one questions: how did you do it; what made you do it; what are the reactions did you get from other people; how many bottles did you give away; how many bottles do you have left; what time did you start; and on and on and on…

Finally, I gave them a chance to respond to my questions.

Two mothers bought 700-16oz bottled water. Placed a sticker on all bottles with five different quotes:

  1. Smile at everyone, you’ll never know when someone may need it.
  2. If Plan A does not work, there are 25 more letters in the alphabets.
  3. Have a thirst for life. Every day is filled with possibilities.
  4. In your thirst for knowledge, be sure you don’t drown in all the information.
  5. Dig your well before you’re thirsty.

 

The bottle I have has quote #5.

A sudden change of attitude opened up between me, the mothers and the children. We are no longer stranger to each other.  We were having such a great time chin wagging and I ended up helping them give away the rest of the bottled water.

One young lady was so thankful that she happily accepted the water and said it was the best thing that happened to her all day since she had a “shitty” day at work.

A man refused and walked away saying no thanks; it’s not a bottle of beer.

A couple kept on bowing to us in gratitude. They must be Japanese or Korean or something.

When it was all done, the children and I were giving each other high-five. It was so much fun. I think I had more fun doing this than the mothers and the children. It was grand, just splendid.

These mothers provided a good example to their children how to be giving and continue giving 700 times fold. I told the children that I can’t wait to tell the children in my family about their good deeds. They were beaming with joy.

In retrospect, water is like kindness. Kindness must be continuously flowing like water. Water that is not moving becomes stagnant. It maybe bottled but in the long run, the water becomes cloudy, less appealing to drink.  Water is life-giving.

It was time to say goodbye and Michael astonished me by hugging my waistline. He was that small. Then Raine followed. The three of use where hugging. I was speechless.  The parents and I hugged each other as well, separately. No group hugs for adults.

I was full of gratitude to the two children, Raine and Michael, for their infectious kindness. Thanking them for stopping me on my tracks.
R and M

To the mothers, Stephanie and Jasmines, thank you for being a good example to your children. May our water of kindness remain free-flowing from one person to another.

The empty water bottle will remain on my table as reminder to be kind, to be giving and to accept graciously, with no strings attached.


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A burst of colour

If you were born in 1917, that makes you 98 years old, maybe looking a bit grey and frayed.

I am talking about the oldest and largest tenant of Granville Island, Ocean Cement’s silos.
Ocean Cement Before

There’s nothing to fret about. A makeover will do the trick. No need for major surgery such as face lift or botox, only a dash of makeup will suffice.

Tah Dah!
Ocean Cement After

A burst of tropical colour brings out the flavour what Granville Island is all about. The silos are just a work of art.


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Red Letter Day

There are plenty of people “fishing” or trolling around in the internet. I don’t mind since most of the comments I received are placed for moderation.

One particular comment is a bit serious, in my opinion, that I received recently.

“Hi. I found this site because I clicked on a picture in Google. Funnily the picture was mine. It is a little kid on a surface of circles. Since this photograph is copyrighted and I am the author, I kindly request you to remove the picture from all sites, places and/or locations you have any influence on. Thank you.”

This is very interesting since most of the photos I share are mine. Should the photo originates from Google, I ensure that the photographer receives the credit and linking the photo to the original site. Most of the times, I go to the extent of asking permission prior to using any photographs, images or media. Courtesy is important to me.

Having said that, I looked at my media files and I cannot find a little kid on a surface of circles.

I investigated who the commentator, where the website is and it just happens the photographer is one of the blogs at WordPress. The site is fairly new, April 2014.

In my experience, the photographers that I deal with especially in WordPress and National Geographic are more than happy to allow me to use their photos.  This is the first time I received a “red-letter.”

To clear the matter, I replied back:

“Thank you for your comment. I am a bit confused because the picture on this post is an image of Peanuts. Kindly go to the post where your photo appeared and I will remove it. Seeker.”

I am still waiting for a response back.  As for now, I will Zzzzzzz away or should I pick another letter?

Photo of the post where the comment showed up.

Photo of the post where the comment showed up.


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Children’s Silhouette

silhoutte kids

This must be one of my favourite photos of the children.

It was a fun-filed-beach day for the whole family.  As the sun starts setting, the effect of taking a photo created a silhouette effect. Being an amateur photographer, it’s always fun to see the outcome of photo.

I think this is not bad at all.

Live, Laugh, Love to the fullest!


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The Things Said

96yr old

 

“In five days, I’ll be 96 years old.

I never smoked.
I never had any stress.
I was dumb
I worked low-level jobs with no responsibility.

I worked until I was 84, with two jobs.
I worked at an office until five o’clock,
and then I went to work as a waitress
— it was a happy job, feeding people.

Then you take your uniform off,
and your job is done.
But somebody has to do
the stressful jobs, too.”

“Do you have any regrets?”

“Oh, I’ve made lots of mistakes.”

“With education and jobs?”

“No, no. With people.
And that hurts the most
— the things you’ve said to people.”

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