Appreciating Life..

General, Philippines / Saturday, June 18th, 2011

I think I’ve lost my blogging mojo, temporarily that is. Not because I lost interest but mostly because I simply don’t have time to write. I’m still in the Philippines and will be here indefinitely coz I’ve been helping to care for my ailing father. Of course, I’ll be going back to Phnom Penh every once in a while but for now Bicol is where I’ll be. Anyway, things are going downhill fast with regards to my father.

How I keep wishing I was somewhere else and doing something else and my most pressing concern is picking out ingredients for my weekly menu. But if I ever learned something through all this, it is accepting my lot in life. We may not get everything we want but its up to us to make something out of the things we are given. It might be hard to see positives in this situation, but right now I cling to those positive things.

Yes, my father has been given terminal illness but as he keeps saying, this is the cycle of life. That at some point he will get sick and say goodbye, so somehow he appreciates the time given to him to prepare, to tie loose ends. And most of all, the last time we had a serious conversation, I asked him if he is happy with how his life went and if he has regrets. He said, yes, he has few regrets but he is happy with how his life had been.

As for me, some might say its a perverse thing to be happy but right now I’m choosing to appreciate that I’ve been blessed with a loving and responsible father. And the chance to show that gratitude while he is still with us. To my dad, Happy Father’s Day.

4 Replies to “Appreciating Life..”

  1. Hi Lui,

    Sometimes , someone upstair have given us challenges in life and the one you have in right now with your father is one of them.
    But no worries , as he promised always , he will not gave something that you cant handle. Keep praying and things will get better , all of us are going there we just dont know but somehow we learn to accept. Pray deep in your heart that he will gave you more strength when things were nearly rough.
    My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless !
    We all miss you in Phnom penh.

  2. Lui, you made me cry today! I realised that I had been away for too long and that I miss my parents back home and yearning to visit them. Happiness is a choice, that’s what I heard old folks say. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this trying time.

  3. It’s wonderful that you can show your appreciation and support to your father, I wish all children would understand that giving back to their parents is part of life

  4. Well, family comes first. The second commandment says Honor thy father and thy mother and you will have a long life. It’s the only commandment of God that has a promise.

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