I may have all the fancy things, awesome moments and the dearest people in my life. But I am still empty and nothing without Christ, who indeed gives me all the strength and unbounded love. It's been a long time since I last felt this, being blessed with the highest power. Alam n'yo yun? Yung rare moment na gustong pumatak ng luha mo sa sobrang saya? I could have cried a river for being overwhelmed, but I tried to pull my tears up, because that moment God embraced me and all of a sudden my worries and burdens subside.
Usually, Karl visit me every weekend, but he's sick kaya ako naman ang pumunta sa kanya. Beforehand, sinabi ko na gusto kong pumunta ng The Feast sa PICC. Since malapit lang sila doon, I want to take advantage, at para na rin may makasama ako for the first time. Buti na lang hindi nag-dalawang isip ang giliw na sumama sa akin. Knowing his condition, gumising din s'ya ng maaga para samahan ako. Tapos umuulan pa, at nakalimutan namin ang payong. Pero hindi naman kami napigilan nito. Parang inenjoy na lang din namin ang ulan. Nung una, CCP ako ng CCP, sa PICC pala yung place.
So there... we begin to enter the PICC. May mga usherettes na nag-aabot ng Kerygma. At sobrang natuwa ako kasi for free s'ya! Aside dun sa weekly Mag na binibigay. Ang daming tao, like the last time na nanggaling ako doon. Naabutan namin yung misa, dun na sa part ng Homily na umikot sa Gospel, which is "The Parable of the Prodigal Son". Ang ganda ng Homily ni Father whom I forgot the name *sorry*. "Umuwi ka na anak, the Father is waiting for you kahit gaano pa kasakit o kasama ang pinagdaanan mo." ika nga ni Father. Isa pa sa dinadayo ko sa The Feast is yung full band na misa. As in full band, may banda na may orchestra pa. May lead singers, then my choirs. Talagang feel na feel ko yung presence ni Lord through songs of praise.
After ng misa, time na para sa preach ni Bro. Bo Sanchez. Bigla akong na-excite ng lumabas s'ya. I admire him, as always. Aside from his inspirational books, he has never failed to astound me through his preaching.
The Feast has "EMO Series" before the Easter Season. And today is the Talk #2: FOCUS ON THE GOOD.
"Don't manage your FEELINGS, manage your FOCUS."
Most of the time, feelings are inevitable. Specially yung mga intense feelings. You cannot just say na "hindi na ko galit!" or "hindi ako ma-i-inlove!". Hindi nga naman ganoon kadali i-dictate sa sarili kung ano ang dapat mong maramdaman. Sometimes, feelings are mere reactions. And we can choose the way we react to certain things. It is necessary to pay attention and needless to say - FOCUS to shift intense and unanticipated feelings that would probably ruin the situation you are in.
"Your Focus creates your REALITY."
Bro. Bo says "For the next 40 days, try to think all of the bad things happening in your life." After ng 40 days na puro bad vibes eh hindi imposibleng mapraning ka ng tuluyan. You will feel depressed, stressed and frustrated. Kapag nag-focus ka on the bad things, eventually, it will change your feelings. So what if in the next 40 days you think and focus on the good things in life? I bet, good vibes ka lagi! Kung masaya at masarap lagi ang pakiramdam mo, possibilities are magiging positive person ka at magagawa mo yung mga bagay na gusto mong gawin with delight and passion. So FOCUS creates reality.
"EMOTION comes from MOTION."
Sabi nga ni Bro. Bo "Ya gotta do what 'ya gotta do." I remember one of the famous lines during our 2011 Easter Youth Celebration: "The more you pray, the more you want to pray." Emotion comes from the motion. If you start to do something consistently, you begin to love what you're doing. "Passion is doing what you love and what you do not love to do for the people you love." - Bo Sanchez.
For better understanding, Bro. Bo made further explanation on how to focus on the good things. May dalawang halaman sa stage. Yung isang paso may plants with ugly fruits (parang monsters and zombies yung itsura), yung isa naman plants with large sunflower and other beautiful fruits. He held the sprinkler and asks the audience "Will you pour water on the bad plants? Or watered the good one? Will you nourish on the bad things or focus on the good things?"
Breakdown or breakthrough?
Indeed, ang dami kong natutunan at na-realize. And I am very happy na si Karl yung una kong nakasama sa The Feast. Nung sinabi ni Bro. Bo na sabihin sa katabi mo na "You are my blessing." I hug him very tight and said "You are my blessing." Medyo natatawa s'ya, kasi awkward. Hehe. Pero sobrang happy ko talaga dahil after The Feast may input si Karl tungkol sa diniscuss ni Bo Sanchez.
So ayun lang naman. I hope mayroon din kayong napulot na words of wisdom or food for the soul.
"God's love descend on the people who act in faith." - Bro. Bo Sanchez
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