Life Stories And Lessons Learned
Everyday, we hear stories that captures our interest and imagination. Some stories make us remember our past and help us appreciate the people and places that touched our lives while others reminds us of the fears and heartaches we need to overcome. Some stories reflects our faith and the family traditions we cherished throughout the years while others gives us a glimpse of a fascinating, exciting world that is foreign and unfamiliar. Some stories brings us to places of adventures where dreams come true while others gives us a blank canvas all ready to be painted by our wild, colorful imagination. In most of these stories, we learn important life lessons. Lessons that teaches us to live more, love generously and laugh to our hearts content.
Stories From A Foreign City
Up until I move to America, Halloween is foreign to me. As far as I can remember, my family together with our tons of relatives would celebrate All Soul’s Day on Nov. 2 with a whole day of celebrating and remembering the dead. As soon as the rooster crows and break the city’s morning silence, everyone starts preparing the flowers, candles, photos of our dearly departed, snacks as well as the festive dinner that usually includes a sweetened sticky rice called “Biko” and some delicious “Pancit” noodles.
As a kid, I never had Trick or Treating but instead, me and my cousins would collect the melting, hot part of the candles and mold them into a ball. It was a way to socialize, play and yes, kill boredom. Back in those days, there’s no Nintendo, phone games, iPad or DVD. Toys were a combination of what’s around us, our ingenuity and wild imagination. Honestly, I thought it was one of the most fun, thrilling childhood traditions that I could remember. Perhaps it does sound foreign to others but in certain parts of the world, this is normal and much enjoyed throughout the generations.
On All Soul’s Day, we not only remember our dead family and relatives but more importantly, we pray for their souls. I was taught since childhood that those who didn’t make it to Hell or Heaven goes to Purgatory. It is a dark, cold, sad, scary place where souls are given a chance to repent for the sins they made while still alive. Human prayers shorten their waiting time and helps them move one step closer to heaven.
Not only the living takes this day seriously. The dead also gets sentimental and makes their presence known for those who have forgotten or caused disrespect. I experienced a few events myself when I sensed a dead relative’s presence like scent of flowers, candles, perfume when there were none to be found.
One time, while playing cards and laughing with my cousins and sisters, we heard a loud knock only to find out nobody was there. The hallway was totally dark with no one in sight. I felt a gushed of cold wind as I opened the door. It happened twice in succession and we all investigated the entire house but found no one other than us. All the adult’s were still at the cemetery. We all stopped playing and offered a short prayer. The knocking stopped. It was a spooky, scary, supernatural event that my human logic can not explain.
We all forgot our departed grandma’s Birthday twice and on both occasions she showed up and made herself visible to my brother-in-laws. Back then they were just courting and had no idea who my grandma was. One saw her sitting on a rocking chair in a dark corner of our house while the other one saw her in his dream. Both gave the same description of a woman with the long white chair in a flowing white gown. They both verified who she was when my sisters showed them her photograph. They both gave the same scared, surprised reaction when they said, “That’s her!”
Stories And Photographs
We take photos almost everyday. We do it for various reasons. I do it to freeze the beautiful memory for as long as I can. To remember the story behind it and perhaps even discover a story I may have missed. Photographs are priceless. They serve as a time capsule that transport us back to those moments when we’re happiest the most.
Thank you once again for sharing your day with me. May this post inspire you to embrace and see the beautiful images around you. May you capture these images not only with your camera but with your heart.
I wish to thank the following photo challenges as well for inspiring me to create this post. Thanks to Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge called Foreign, Ailsa’s Travel Theme called Spooky and Jake’s Sunday Post called City. I had a great fun merging the themes and stretching my imagination to create this week’s story and photographs.
Today, discover the inspiring world of these blogger friends. Their zest for life, their families, their environment and most of all their faith are priceless treasures that will bring a smile to your day.
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For those who wish to join in this week’s challenge, here’s a link and the widget. Have a great time making wonderful memories.
All images taken using an iPhone 4 camera with Camera + App. My friends, have fun discovering and creating the most beautiful images everyday. They are a part of the unforgettable memories you make in this lifetime.
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