You have been much in a rush lately. Obviously, you won’t admit it: you are tired and frazzled. You complain that the temperature has spiked; but you haven’t noticed that your kid brother needs a haircut. You have been running about; and you were so busy to check on your harried yaya.

The problem with rushing is you miss out on the awesome countryside, you become oblivious of white herons standing majestically on carabaos’ backs. You just can’t wait to stop by the roadside burger joint and indulge in your favorite selfie pastime. Pathetic.

When you rush, everything becomes a blur. You don’t remember a thing; experiences elude you. The only thing that matters is clutching desperately your expensive mobile phone. You’re even worried sick your batteries are going to conk out anytime very soon. And you call this life.

You were born to be a hero, my Champion. Do not be afraid to press “Pause.” Stop: this is prescription numero uno for someone in a rush. Now, admit it: you are afraid of life’s red lights because you do not know what to do during those moments.

Stopping is never a forward business; it is looking back… and remembering. Turn off your engine. Put down your mobile. Tune in your GPS to yester-days. Worries and hurts get you nowhere, so focus on counting your blessings, yes, the wonderful blessings. It is the only way to see my love wrapped with the miseries. Promise.

Be thankful. And you will be a happy person. That’s another promise. Then you will sense that I have been riding with you all along. That is the revelation! You will never be afraid. It is I.

So make your list. Now. Start jotting down the blessings that refer to your [1] work-life. When you feel you have exhausted these, go to check on the blessings about your [2]relationships. Move to yourself as an [3] adult: the blessings about yourself now that you are in full control of life. Then bring back those rebellious [4] teeny bopper years when life was unfolding to you in exciting new ways. And do not forget the wonderful [5] childhood years when you were on the receiving end of “life’s lollipops.” May I refer to these as the Five Awesome Mysteries of your life.

Your rush is symptomatic of inner emptiness, which comes from being forgetful. Do not allow the mystery of your life to be gagged by the arid sense of un-eventfulness. I am the Lord of life. I will never allow that.

Choose to be brave. Choose to remember.

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