Ten jewels I’d like to wear on New Year’s evening

After Christmas, the next big event to look forward to is New Year’s evening. Our heart gets full of anticipation for the coming year. Whatever it was that we didn’t do well, we tell ourselves: This year, it will be better.

For tonight, from my jewelry box, here are my top ten choices to start another leg of my journey. Everyday, I try to be good but everyday too, there is the compelling inroad of rust that put my jewels in a vulnerable location. But I continue my journey anyway.

1) Mother Theresa’s Prayer People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

2) St. Francis of Assisi’s Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

3) Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Needed to Know I learned in Kindergarten

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think someand draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

Be aware of wonder.Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggestword of all - LOOK.

4) Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrenderbe on good terms with all persons.Speak your truth quietly and clearly;and listen to others,even the dull and the ignorant;they too have their story.Avoid loud and aggressive persons,they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,you may become vain and bitter;for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.Keep interested in your own career, however humble;it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.Exercise caution in your business affairs;for the world is full of trickery.But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;many persons strive for high ideals;and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.Especially, do not feign affection.Neither be cynical about love;for in the face of all aridity and disenchantmentit is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,gracefully surrendering the things of youth.Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,be gentle with yourself.You are a child of the universe,no less than the trees and the stars;you have a right to be here.And whether or not it is clear to you,no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,whatever you conceive Him to be,and whatever your labors and aspirations,in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,it is still a beautiful world.Be cheerful.Strive to be happy.

5) Music and Poetry; Biographical Novels

I appreciate all types of music but I give more time to listening to Filipino music and the work of the masters played by violin virtuoso Joseph Esmilla, Itzchak Perlman and Sarah Chang. I love Lea Salonga’s songs. I also enjoy the songs of Barbara Streisand and Nat King Cole.

Kahlil Gibran’s poems, especially “The Prophet” is a source of inspiration.

I love Merlinda Bobis poems and Novels.

I love James Michener’s novels.

I love Irving Stone’s “Agony and Ecstacy: A biographical novel of Michelangelo

I love Rob Parnell’s “The Easy Way to Write” Website

6) I love the book of Kelley Eidem “The Doctor Who Cures Cancer” and Mike Adams’ “Natural News Website.”

7) I run to the Holy Bible in times of hard decisions.

8) I value my friends

9) My family is a very precious support group

10) I love Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”.