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Life is a battle and we just have to keep on fighting.

The last scenes of The Hurt Locker (spoiler alert!) create a disturbing realization by Jeremy Renner’s character of how he looks at life after he came to face impending death in the line of duty.  He tried his best but could not save an Iraqi who was strapped with bombs secured by several locks. He was sorry he could only do so much. That made him go back home and start a quiet, laid-back life with his family. Then came the grocery store scene, showing him alone and confused among the shelves of rows and rows of oatmeals and cereals; that scene stirs the audience’s mind towards the movie’s end which reveals the lead character’s decision to again leave his beloved family behind and return to Iraq.  For me, the film’s last scenes stole the Oscars from the blockbuster Avatar bigtime.

Indeed, fiction presents fact.  There are trials that we have to face, day in and day out. Each of us is confronted with problems in various sizes.  We need to seek the solutions for them, we create strategies to hurdle and overcome them.  We cannot remain complacent to where we are.  But up to what extent? Do we risk life and limb to solve them? Would achieving our goals worth all the risks involved?

New assignments, previously set appointments and pending works cram my schedule.  But the challenge to remain effective and provide satisfactory work for the client remains high. This is my work; this is my life.  Seven years into my chosen profession, there are a lot of downfalls and there are still a lot of uphill climbs.    But no matter what, I long to see the rainbow after the storm, the sun past dark clouds and the majesty of the pouring rain after a scorching day. Thank God for the strength and daily provisions that keep me going.

The other night, my good friend Felmar sent this SMS message:

“Trials in life are blessings in disguise because they force us to face our weaknesses and fears.  Above all, they unleash hidden strengths we never know we had.+”

The text came as an awesome surprise as I was on my way home, uneasy about the next day’s meeting, a meeting which I dreaded for weeks because the circumstances seemed against me despite having made painstaking efforts to work things out.  I then promptly replied:

“Thanks, pads. I’ve got something to hold onto as I face another challenge tomorrow.  We can surpass life’s difficulties because God is our deliverer. Pabugso-bugso na rin po ang ulan dito hehehe. Magandang gabi po.”

With that, I went to sleep for more than a couple of hours, barely enough to relieve my weary body of exhaustion and gain renewed vigor (with the help of some energy drink composed of taurine, caffeine and ginseng in a 350 ml. bottle).  Thereafter, hell may break loose but my artillery is ready.

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  1. ito ang motto ko: “trials are not doors to hate but rooms for greater faith.”

    thanks for this post taribong.

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    • Thank you too, pads, for the encouragement. More power to you (and if i may add, may your tribe increase! hehehe)

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  2. Ang dami ko nang giyerang dinaanan sa buhay. Mga giyerang di ko alam na puwedeng palang daanan ko sa buhay. Pero nalampasan ko ang mga iyon na kasama ang aking pananampalataya kay Kristo.

    —“Pressing forward is to push against the adversity of life with courage and determination to succeed. We cannot press forward without a steadfastness in Christ, because that steadfastness makes us resistant and resilient to the forces pressing against us.”- Anita R. Canfield

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    • taribong

       /  March 27, 2010

      Maraming salamat po, Tats. Sana’y parati kayong andiyan para gumabay sa amin. Ang dami pang mga pagsubok na kailangang pagdaanan, sana makaabot din kami sa tuktok ng tagumpay katulad niyo…. Saludo po talaga ako sa inyo!

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  3. Manalig ka.
    At hindi lamang ikaw ang tao sa mundo, maaaring magkaiba ang ating mga pagsubok pero pagsubok pa rin, nagkakaiba lang kapag tuluyan ng sumuko at bumitaw.

    para que?

    laban hangga’t may pag-asa

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  4. awww. spoiler nga.
    pero gusto ko panoorin. nakakaintriga kasi naman eh noh.

    kung besi-besihan sa trabaho, blessing yan. dahil sa ngayon, maraming mga tao ang walang trabaho.

    hanapan ng paraan para mag-enjoy pa rin. tignan ang positive side ng bawat problema. hakhak!

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    • taribong

       /  March 27, 2010

      Sori na po. Sana ma-enjoy mo pa rin ang pelikula maski papano, lalo na dun sa tindero ng dvd (ooops… hehehe)

      Tama ka, pasalamat nga’t may trabaho kesa naman sa wala. Parang voltage source ba ang problema, may positive at negative? hehehe

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      • oo panigurado pirata ang bibilhin ko. hakhak. ang mahal ng orig kaya. amp.

        ay hindi masyado. ang voltage kasi ay directly proportional sa current at resistance. so kelangan ng matinding current para maresist ang bawat problema. hakhak. ano daw?

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        • hehehe mas akma pala na ihambing ang problema sa resistance dahil kinokontra niya ang pagdaloy ng kuryente; ang voltage source ang pinanggagalingan ng enerhiya para magpatuloy ang buhay. Kung hindi makayanan ng resistance ang lakas na dumadaloy sa kanya, sasabog ito at mapupundi. Kung hindi naman sapat ang kuryente, hindi gagana ang resistance. Teka muna, bakit kailangan ang resistance sa buhay? Dahil sila ang may mga hatid na biyaya at kapakinabangan sa buhay, ang mga ilaw, at anumang kasangkapan o gamit natin.

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          • ay i love you na phowz! hahaha! ang galing ah! di nga? engg ka rin ata eh! yung totoo!

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            • Hala, salamat naman phowz haha

              engg-OT(?) hahaha
              (overtime?? old testament???)

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              • old testament! engineering ka eh! umamin ka na kuya tarbs! yung totoo! engineering ka! sikat yang old testament na yan sa engg eh. lalo na kapag lab! susme!

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  5. ‘Trials’.. parang kamag anak yun ng fear…, okay pag may mga ganung factor sa buhay natin.. makakapagpokus tayo sa kung saan ba talaga dapat.., malalaman nating kung alin ang safe side at may margin lagi tau sa mga pagkakamali..
    Life is a movie.., whatever you saw today may be your life tomorrow…

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    • taribong

       /  March 27, 2010

      Haha sabi nga po si Shakespeare: “All the world’s a stage….”
      Teka, si Shakespeare ba ang pasimuno ng nakaraang lindol?

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      • di ko lam kung sya pasimuno nun.. lam ko lang chat ako that time.. naalog ng konti utak ko at kunwaring di nagpanic.. hehehe.., deadma?..=)

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  6. Asan na yong komento ko dito Tar?

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    • taribong

       /  March 27, 2010

      Hayon po o. hehehehe. Hindi lang siguro nailawan ng mga alitaptap kaninang umaga hehehe

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  7. I had to stop at the Spoiler Alert because I have yet to watch the movie.

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    • Haha… Magandang araw, glentot. Thanks for dropping by. Looking forward to your own review of the movie.

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  8. Tari, skip ko muna to ah? May balak kase akong panuoren ang Hurt Locker one of these days, ayoko ng spoilers.😀

    Goodmorning.🙂

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    • Walang problema, vajee. Sana magandahan ka rin sa pelikula at maisama sa listahan mo hehehe. Magandang umaga sa iyo.

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      • Sana nga. Kaso mahal ang sine ngayon. Nakakairiturr. Dati 99 pesos lang ngayon 160+++ na.

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        • taribong

           /  March 30, 2010

          35 lang kay janidep hehehe
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          janidep- di ba pirata yun?

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  9. Lust

     /  March 30, 2010

    condolence..may He has a plan for everything that’s happening about us.. Just go with the flow and you’ll be alright.=)

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    • taribong

       /  March 30, 2010

      Thanks Lust. Hope it’d be really alright with Aling Rea…
      (Teka, ba’t ka sa apoy nagkowment? Takot ka sa earth hour? hehehe)

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