Letters to G

It is the trust you have given to the person to be able to just hold you in his arms like it’s forever. If you trust someone, you believe in them, if you believe in them, hence you care. And if someone tells you that they trust you, there’s this feeling of euphoria inside. You feel that a part of them was given to you because you are worthy of it.

I’m thankful that even for how long, you never cease to sweep me off my feet and make me feel extra special every day. You never left, and you never stopped.

It is true that it  doesn’t mean that you’re in a relationship, everything will go the way you want it to be. But the fact that the two of you are working things out to be with each other tells something not only about your relationship but the two of you as individuals. When you really love someone, you will do everything because you understand.

I don’t know what I did to deserve such a wonderful guy. And for the past six months, it has just gotten better and better and better. I thank God for him, and everyday I want him to know–and I do let him know–how amazing he is. And, I hope he realizes it. I’m blessed to have you. Thank you for making me your one and only. Keep that in mind. I cannot find the perfect words to elaborate how thankful I am for having you in my life. Your imperfections make me love you more. And even if I want to further elaborate how much I love you, I’d rather make you feel it every day. 

You know? Sometimes the beauty of a relationship relies on how much you learn from each other, how much you always try to figure each other out. It never ends, it’s annoying, but you never stop.

I am still in love, very much in love. Happiness is where I am at.

Love,

E.

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Prayer in the Life of a Christian

I believe in prayer and its power to change both people and events. I have seen amazing answers to prayer in my own life, as well as in the lives of countless others. Nevertheless, I still struggle with those times when God seemingly doesn’t answer prayer. But no matter how difficult our lives may be, I believe God has not left us alone. Often, when things are difficult and God seems silent, it is our cue to come away from life’s distractions so that we can synchronize ourselves with God again. Even though we can trust that God hears and answers our prayers, prayer does not work according to a fixed formula: get your life in order, say the right words, and the answer will come. Between the two questions, “Does God answer prayer?” and “Will God answer my prayer?”  lies a great pool of mystery. While wallowing in this mystery, it is important for us not to lose sight of the purpose of prayer. Whenever our insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off track. Indeed, some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of His answer. It is God we must have. He is more than enough for all that we need.

        I want to share my life experience about one of my unanswered prayers. I prayed every day for probably 6 straight months, and then he just kept getting worse. So, I prayed a little less and prayed for different things. When my grandfather had organ failure I just stopped praying all together. Although I have experienced tremendous personal loss, feel betrayed by God and give up on prayer, I still continue my faith and I realize that God knows exactly what kind of help we need, far better than we do. As they say, struggles in life are inevitable, but destruction is optional. We must keep in mind that God doesn’t give us what we can handle. He helps us handle what we have been given. We must acknowledge up front that we will likely never know all the reasons for unanswered prayer. Sometimes the reasons for God’s apparent silence are a mystery. While we can’t always know the reason for unanswered prayer in every instance, the Bible does give many clues as to why God may appear to be silent in response to our petitions. If we will simply give it some time, we will often see in retrospect that some of God’s biggest blessings to us have been those prayers that He chose not to answer in the way we were praying.

It’s never wrong to pray. God tells us that we must pray. But when we do, we have to be careful that we’re not asking for things we’re not allowed to have. Just because God doesn’t indulge all of our earthly fantasies, it doesn’t mean He’s not listening. If we want to receive the things we ask for in prayer, then we have to pray for things that will be of benefit to our soul, not defilement.

Pursuit of HAPPYness

Pursuit of Happyness  is a moving tale about a father’s love for his son and working hard  to achieve dreams, which is more than that.  It is also a poignant portrayal of the problem of homelessness in our society. Perhaps what makes the film so powerful is that it is based on a true story. The problems that Gardner faces are problems faced by many in our society every day. Here are some ethical systems that prevail in  the movie:

  1. As the family’s financial problems mount, Linda caves under the pressure and abandons him and their son. Under the deontological ethics, she is considered immoral because she did not fulfill her obligation/duty as a mother to take care of her son.
  1. Chris defines happiness as being a responsible father, and accepts with that moral decision the accompanying difficulties. He is very satisfied and contented with his life together with his son, Christopher. (Eudaimonism)
  2. This story is about a man who is determined to pursue the correct spelling of happiness, (as Chris’ character attempts to do literally with the owner of the childcare center building on the side of which the misspelled word appears … along with another word that begins with “F” and which describe the opposite of happiness). As the protagonist tries to get the word spelled correctly for the sake of his son’s education, so he is determined to pursue the correct concept of fatherhood that will bring his character happiness. In short Chris Gardner, as a father, is determined to spell happiness correctly with the example of his life, no matter what difficulties he has to sustain. (Deontological Ethics)

 

  1. Chris Gardner invests his entire life savings in portable bone-density scanners, which he demonstrates to doctors and pitches as a handy quantum leap over standard X-rays. This is an example of pragmatism because the scanners have practical bearings. (Pragmatism)
  1. He lend one of his bosses five dollars for cab fare, a sum that he cannot afford. Even though he only had a small amount of money, he still lends it which involves sacrifice and shows how he value other people. (Altruism)
  1. Under the ethics of duty, it insists how people accomplish their goals is usually more important than what people accomplish, just like in the movie, Chris works hard and patiently. His happiness is not the result of the achievement but from the process on how we get the happiness we deserve. (Deontological Ethics)
  1. Chris’ decision to call on the CEO of Pac Bell against the advice of his instructor, Alan Frakesh. In making this decision and acting on it, Chris risks the internship. If he messes up his relationship with the CEO, Water Ribbon, Chris will have self destructed the entire list of managers at Pac Bell and his chances at being hired by the brokerage firm. This is an example of existentialism because he uses his own decision, action and freedom to take an action. (Existentialism)
  1. The teacher in the daycare namely Mrs. Chu is also not doing her duty as a teacher to teach the students but rather she only lets her students watch the television/ tv series such as the bonanza and love boat as mentioned in the movie. Chris is very unhappy with what little education is being provided for his child and asks that Mrs Chu would provide some more work to stimulate young Christopher’s brain instead of him watching television. She is considered immoral under the ethics of duty. (Deontological Ethics)
  1. Christopher is a young African-American boy who is growing up in San Francisco in the United States of America in the 1980s. Being an African-American in the recession and coming from a low socioeconomic background will be a negative impact on any one person; that is exactly what is it was like for Chris and his son Christopher. America wassurrounded by racism in 1980s which would have most definitely negatively impacted him growing up. Christopher also went to daycare which was predominantly filled with children from Asian descent. Not having anyone else there from the same culture or ethnicity was challenging for Christopher and he felt he could not fit in and bond properly with the other children.  (Cultural Relativism)
  1. Linda hits Chris several times in anger; he in turn grabs her arm firmly. Twice, Chris shakes his son in moments of extreme frustration, but manages to exercise enough restraint not to hurt Christopher. They are considered moral under pacifism because the use of force is wrong for any reason. (Pacifism)
  1. Chris encourages his boy to make a birthday wish-list, then gets him a basketball as a present. And one of the film’s most powerful scenes comes when Christopher is trying to shoot hoops with his new ball. After a strong-but-errant shot, Dad critically informs him, “You’ll excel at a lot of things, but not [basketball],” perhaps projecting his own experience onto his son. Christopher immediately lives down to Dad’s low expectations and takes a weak shot. Noticing his son’s downcast countenance, Chris realizes his error and rectifies the situation, saying, “Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream? You gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.” This line emphasizes that Christopher has a freedom and choice in whatever he wants to do and he must not conform to the conventions in the near future. (Existentialism)
  1. Chris is not by nature a deceptive person. But several times he lies in front of his son (who recognizes the deception) to keep others from realizing how desperate his situation really is. And when he’s unfairly left to pay a cab fare he doesn’t have the money for, he flees. (The infuriated cabby chases him, swearing and yelling threats.) Chris’ lack of funds means he’s perpetually evading angry landlords who want back-rent from him. He always tells them he’ll get the money, but is never able to make good on that promise. Under deontological ethics, it might be considered to be alwaysimmoral, even if done for the well-being of others (e.g., stealing food to feed a starving family), and even if it does in the end promote such a good. (Deontological Ethics)

The Major Role and Responsibilities of Journalists

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Journalists are often perceived by the public as only interested in getting the “truth” and willing to do anything to get it.
Perhaps this perception comes from what the New York Times Chief of Staff, John Winton said in 1956, when describing Journalists.
“The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tolls and the vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
This is not how Journalists wish to be perceived, and the role…

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The Struggle Every Writer Knows All Too Well

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At a very young age, we were often asked what we wanted to be when we grow up. We told them our fantasies, and made ourselves believe that it was an easy path. But we fell in love. We fell deeply in love with words. We started to be fascinated with the power of how words can inspire. We suddenly learned to appreciate everything around us, as we believed that every single detail is worth writing about. We started to create our own world and put into words the beauty that captivated us.

But we realized the painful reality that writing was, is, and will never be an easy path. We felt as if there’s no way to effectively describe how we feel, and that desperation for exhaustion kept us prisoned in our own ideas.

We constantly battled with deadlines and how it feels like traumatic dead ends. We denied every time…

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