For the past few days I've been watching my favorite TV
series, the Japanese drama Orange Days, while learning sign language and
Japanese through YouTube.
I've also been reading so many book
excerpts from Amazon with today as my Mitch Albom day. And I'm doing all these
while at the office, yet doing my work as flawlessly as I'm capable of.
Mitch Albom is an inspiration, not
only his books that inspires me to be a better person, but also he's my role
model for being a writer that is touching the lives of millions.
“So many people walk around with a
meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things
they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The
way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote
yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating
something that gives you purpose and meaning.” ~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With
“There are five people you meet in
heaven. Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the
reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life
on earth. This is the greatest gift God can give you: to understand what
happened in your life. To have it explained. It is the peace you have been
searching for.” ~ Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
“As mankind grew obsessed with its
hours, the sorrow of lost time became a permanent hole in the human heart.
People fretted over missed chances, over inefficient days; they worried
constantly about how long they would live, because counting life’s moments had
led, inevitably, to counting them down. Soon, in every nation and in every
language, time became the most precious commodity.” ~ Mitch Albom, The Time
~ Huggybear Diaries, February 22, 2016, Monday
Making Each Moment Matter
Photo courtesy of mypaper.pchome.com.tw and mitchalbom.com
I learned to appreciate the many blessings, big and small,
in my life. I feel myself getting more open. My
private life is still strictly off-limits, but I have long ago stopped being
defensive with intruders.
"How it's going, bro?"
asked a friend.
"Still the same," I
smiled. "Everyday is a miracle."
He said he liked that.
"That," I said, "is
called the Attitude of Gratitude!"
The Italians speak with their hands in the same way I read
with a marker. I highlight passages that gives me new perspectives, or where I
learn something, or if I really like the way an idea or a character's dialogue
I am learning a lot from the three
books I'm reading at the same time.
I see the glory of true leadership
in Franklin Roosevelt's uncanny charisma and dynamic presidency from FDR: The
First Hundred Days by historian Anthony J. Badger.
I feel drawn to the minimalist
style by Pulitzer Prizewinner David Mamet in his acclaimed plays and
screenplays as Ira Nadel reveals in David Mamet: A Life In The Theater.
I'm writing another novel now, and
the elegant and nuanced prose of Bernard Malamud, also a winner of the
Pulitzer, in his classic novel The Natural, inspires me to create a thing of
beauty and a timeless work of art.
Ego thinks Spirit is insane for believing that the movements
and sense of contractions are a prelude to a new existence beyond their wildest
conceptions, pardon the pun. There is no such thing as a Mother, says Ego, and
most certainly there is no life after birth.
Wayne talks about a moment of
serendipity when a close friend gave him a copy of Being-In-Dreaming by the
shaman Florinda Donner which I saw it on Amazon today. I found myself back in the
world of the Yacqui sorcerer Don Juan Matus.
It was even Carlos Castaneda
himself who wrote the foreword to Florinda's story of her initiation into the
world of the nagual. Carlos Castaneda had changed my life through his classic
books about sorcery.