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Almost 3 years have passed, a lot
of ups and downs, whirlwind of highs and lows, sleepless nights and silent
cries. How did I manage to cope with all these stress, disappointments, rejections,
betrayals, heartbreaks, and failures? — FAITH. Prayer. Word of God. Obedience.

God is sovereign, he has a blueprint of our lives. He is our creator, our Almighty Father that knows every single detail in each one of us. All the things we go through; the good and the bad – It is a designed plan made for us. The only thing we need to do is to have faith and trust in Him that he is working things out for our own good. Every setback in our lives is a preparation of what is yet to come before us.

I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is there anything too hard for me? Jeremiah…

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Say it.

In Others' Words...

You can be amazing, you can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug. You can be the outcast, or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love.              Or you can start speaking up.

Sarah Bareilles 

When my marriage started to fall apart, I told no one.  And by no one, I mean NO ONE. Not my best friends, not my sisters.  I white knuckled it by myself in the hopes that we would work things out.  I was afraid that if we did, I would not be able to look in the faces of those closest to me without seeing judgment for my decision to stay, or worse yet, pity.  I was afraid the people who loved me would hate him, and I didn’t want them to hate him. There are some bells you cannot unring, and so I stayed silent.


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Want to be happy? Slow down

In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness and happiness. In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about some of the things they’ve learned over the years, not least the importance of being conscious about mental health and how to spend time meaningfully. An edited version of the conversation, moderated by TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz, follows. First, Pico Iyer on how he became taken with the idea of staying still:

Guy Raz (left), Pico Iyer (center), and Matthieu Ricard (right) discuss mindfulness and the importance of being still at TED Global 2014 . Photo by Duncan Davidson/TED. Guy Raz (left), Pico Iyer (center), and Matthieu Ricard (right) discuss mindfulness and the importance of being still at TED Global 2014 . Photo by Duncan Davidson/TED.

Pico Iyer: When I was in my twenties, I had this…

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A poem from the future

Editor’s note: This poem kicks off a new “Question Worth Asking” series: “How weird will the future be?” First up: a piece from poet and TED Fellow Ben Burke.

[Dear Helen- So sorry. Didn’t have time to write that poem. But my future self sent me one yesterday. So we’re good. Crazy, right? It’s totally legit and actually from the future, so no need to double-check, you’re probably too busy anyway. Happy New Year!  – Ben Burke]



I arrived in the basket that was weaved here before me
And I stayed in any place with a roof that would store me
I have lots of belongings
But didn’t pack for the trip
I got here, they put pants on me
And then the world gave me the slip

I’ve lived as slowly as…

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Reminisce Your “Tanga” Moments With These Quotes From English Only, Please

Anna Banana

You’re beautiful and smart. But once in your life, you’ve become the person called TANGA – stupid or foolish just like Tere Madlansacay in the movie English Only, Please.

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“English Only, Please”, a Dan Villegas film starring Jennylyn Mercado (Tere) and Derek Ramsay (Julian), is a story of two fools for love. This is the movie people who have been tanga or still tatanga-tanga can relate to. So, Tanga 1, Tanga 2 and all tangas out there, let me share a few quotes from the said movie. And yes, you may have already heard these lines or even said them to yourself.

1. Mahal mo nga, e mahal ka ba?
English Translation: You love him, but does he love you back?
Unrequited love, one-sided love. Whatever you call it. This kind of love exists. It’s painful and pathetic but you keep on loving that person…

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