It's been a long time since I logged on here. Many things have happened already. We have our first blood letting last Sept. in the midst of Typhoon Ondoy. Our yearly Max B-day Celebration here in Manila and in Cebu (this is new). I have updated our e-newsletter and will upload some pictures for you to look at. And still in the planning stage is our xmas party in December.

It's late now or should I say morning already and we have a meeting this afternoon. So, sleep first and I have a busy day tomorrow.
 
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The Value Of A Smile   :)

The value of a smile is priceless, yet it is the cheapest, easiest,

most rewarding and most sincere gift to anyone that crosses your path.

A smile makes a person's day, anybody's day even a stranger's day.

A smile is infectious. Start infecting people with your smile today.

A smile is nature's best antidote for discouragement.

It brings rest to the weary, sunshine to those who are sad,

and hope to those who are hopeless and defeated.

A smile is so valuable that it can't be bought, begged, borrowed,
 
or taken away against your will.

You have to be willing to give a smile away before it can do anyone else any good.

So if someone is too tired or grumpy to flash you a smile,

let him have one of yours anyway.

Nobody needs a smile as much as the person who has none to give.

 

 Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown,
For the world was intent on dragging me down.


And if that weren't enough to ruin my day,
A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play.


He stood right before me with his head tilted down and said with great excitement,
"Look what I found!"


In his hand was a flower what a pitiful sight,
With its petals all worn
- not enough rain, or too little light.

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Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play,
I faked a small smile and then shifted away.


But instead of retreating
he sat next to my side
and
placed the flower to his nose and declared with surprise,

"It sure smells pretty
and it's beautiful too.
That's why I picked it.

Here, it's for you."


The weed before me was
dying...or dead.
 Not vibrant of colors, orange, yellow or red.
But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.
So I reached for the flower and
replied,
"Just what I need."

But instead of him placing the flower in my hand,
He held it mid-air without reason or plan.

It was then that I noticed
for the very first time,
that
weed-toting boy could not see: he was blind.
I heard my voice quiver, tears shone like the sun
 
As I thanked him for
picking the very best one.
"You're welcome," he smiled, and then ran off to play,
Unaware of the impact he'd had on my day.
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I sat there and wondered how he managed to see
A self-pitying woman beneath an old willow tree.


How did he know of
my self-indulged plight?
Perhaps from his heart he'd been blessed with true sight.


Through the eyes of a blind
child,
at last I could see the
problem was not with the world the problem was me.


And for all of those times
I myself had been blind,
I vowed
to see the beauty in life, and appreciate every second that's mine.


And then I held that wilted flower up to my nose
And breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful Rose


And smiled as I watched that young boy, another weed in his hand
About to change the life of an unsuspecting old man

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Dear God, 
Please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter.
There is nothing good in there now. 



Dear Mr. God, 

I wish you would not make it so easy for people to come apart.
I had to have 3 stitches and a shot. 



Dear God, 

It rained for our whole vacation and is my father mad! 
He said some things about you that people are not supposed
 to say, but I hope you will not hurt him anyway.
Your friend (I am not going to tell you who I am).



Dear God, 

I read the bible. What does begat mean?
 Nobody will tell me.


Dear God: 

Did you really mean Do Unto Others As They Do Unto You,
because if you did then I'm going to fix my brother.



Dear God, 

My Grandpa says you were around when he was a little boy.
How far back do you go?



Dear God, 

It's o.k. that you made different religions but don't
 you get mixed up sometimes?


Dear God, 
In bible times did they really talk that fancy? 



Dear God,
My brother told me about being born
but it doesn't sound right.



Dear God, 
Is Reverend Coe a friend of yours, 
or do you just know him through business?


Dear God, 
We read Thomas Edison made light.
But in Sunday School they said you did it.
So I bet he stoled your Idea.



Dear God, 

I didn't think orange went with purple until I 
saw the sunset you made on Tuesday.

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~~Author unknown~~


Dear GOD
In school they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation? -
Jane 


Dear GOD
Are you really invisible or is that just a trick? -
Lucy 


Dear GOD
Is it true my father won't get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? -
Anita


 
Dear GOD
Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? -
Norma


Dear GOD
Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones,
why don't You just keep the ones You have now? -
Jane 

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Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

His bed was next to the room’s only window.The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they have been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his room-mate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where is world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swams played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail,the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man couldn’t hear the band - he could see it. In his mind’s eye as! the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days and weeks passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddenned and call the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.

He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.

It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased room-mate who had described such wonderful things outside the window

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”


THOUGHTS TO LIVE BY:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.

“Today is a gift, that’s why it is called the present.”


         
    Let's Celebrate Life!



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    Semptember is
    Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


    It is an opportunity to

    Honor the courage of kids/teens with cancer and their families
       

    Offer much-needed recognition and support to kids with cancer and their families It is a reminder for everyone...

    Children can have cancer. Metro Manila cancer registry records in three hospitals, show that eight kids/one very 3 hours, die everyday.
    Many more cases and deaths remain unreported

      
     
    Childhood cancer strikes randomly, unexpectedly, regularly, sparing no age group, socioeconomic status, ethnic group or geographic region. Children as young as a few months, barely able to talk and walk, can already have cancer
       

    Children can survive cancer, with early diagnosis and prompt, adequate treatment. In developed countries, childhood cancer survival rate is as high as 95%.
    In the Philippines, sadly,
    it is only 10to 30%.
    Of ten who are diagnosed, only two/three will most
     likely survive. They die because they are poor,
     unable to afford the high costs of medication and treatment


     It is a call to action:
    Work Together
    to help neighbors, classmates, and colleagues whose lives may be burdened by childhood cancer


    Working together we can help them FACE and BEAT Cancer. We can give them the greatest gift of all ---
    a chance to live fully --
    to have a future


    So please,
    GET INVOLVED.
    KIDS SHOULD NOT FIGHT CANCER ALONE.

    There are so many ways you can help.


    Post this message in your bulletin boards,
    in your churches, at school,
    at work, in your barangay halls/ community centers,
    in your blogs or home pages
       
    Pledge any amount to
    help buy medicines for kids with cancer. As little as
    P 250.00 will go a long
    way to save a life
       

    Let your church leaders, media friends and elected officials know. One child/teen die every three hours because they are too poor to afford the high cost of cancer treatment.

    Ask them to
    DO SOMETHING TO
    STOP THE DYING
     
      

    Sponsor a child for a minimum of P5,000 a month. You can do this with your family, group of friends or co-workers    

    Sponsor an event /
    Make CWFI your beneficiary
    in special events in your church, school or neighborhood
       

    Write an article,
    a story or a letter to the editor on the situation of
    kids with cancer –
    the forgotten, neglected children of our society
       

    Buy and/or sell
    CWFI love gifts
    (gold ribbon magnets,
    key chains, pins,
    eco friendly bags, t-shirts)
      

     
    Endorse CWFI to a
    possible sponsor.
     100% of funds raised go to treatment of poor kids
     with cancer
       

    Take time.
    Be a volunteer.
    Be a Cancer Warrior
       

    Help raise funds
    from others throw aways:
    old newspapers, used paper, toys, books etc.

       

    Request for your very own coin banks of hope
    (Alkansya nang Pag-Asa)
       

    Celebrate your special moments
    (birthdays, anniversaries, yearly employee events, school fairs)
    with kids with cancer.

    Moments of fun help bring some joy and relaxation in their pain wracked lives
       

    Make a donation to Cancer Warriors Foundation Metrobank Account Number: 7-168-50924-0



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