Friday, February 15, 2013

Enjoying people for a reason or a season, heart-wrenching entries and finding happiness in two hours, two days or two weeks.



Yesterday, which was of course Valentine's Day, a friend who's traveled with me a couple of times sent me a message via Facebook.

He was referring to this blog, when he asked: "Did you pull out that heart-wrenching article?"

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MOJITOS FOR LUNCH

I'd had a couple of mojitos at lunch yesterday, which is a very bad habit I'd picked up living a Travelife in Sri Lanka last week, by the way.

In Sri Lanka, we would all sit at a long table for lunch and the guys in the group would order several pitchers of mojitos among themselves.



IN YOUR FACE

You know how you'll eventually end up trying something if it's always in front of you? Well, that's what happened to me.

It wasn't the mojito itself that made me drink my first glass. I'm not really into alcohol, so what I really wanted was the crushed ice, looking so pretty in a glass pitcher with mint leaves.


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But when I drank it, I had to admit that it went rather well with curry, and that it was a very refreshing drink for lunch on a tropical island with balmy weather.



It was perfect for yesterday's lunch as well.

And as a result, I was just a little bit on the happier side of life when I started messaging with him on Facebook from my office. I didn't know what he meant by "heart-wrenching article," as I actually try very hard not to be "heart-wrenching" online.

There's very little reason to be heart-wrenching in a never-endingly eventful Travelife, in the first place. But this definitely made me curious as to what a guy would find heart-wrenching among our never-ending blog entries.

So I asked him: "Which heart-wrenching article?"

THE PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE



He replied, with a smiley face somewhere in there: "The one that talks about the philosophy of life."

I thought all our blog entries somehow did. So I said: "All my entries have a bit of the philosophy of life. But which is the heart-wrenching one, in your opinion? Now I'm really curious to know."

His reply made me sit up straight at my desk, mojitos or no mojitos.

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He said: "It's the section on love, wherein you mentioned that if a guy doesn't love you today, then he won't ever love you tomorrow and forever. It must be a sad situation, but women -- and Filipino women especially -- think anything is possible with prayers."

I couldn't for the life of me remember which entry this was.

HAPPINESS FOR 2 HOURS, 2 DAYS, OR 2 WEEKS




But he gave me more clues.

He said: "It's the one with two people watching a red sunset and it has to do with projections for 2013, more of introspection and hundreds of bits of advice from jobs to hearts to time. I'm having a hard time finding it because Facebook has these entries jumping back and forth on your Travelife Fan Page."

I had to laugh. But I kind of knew what he was talking about now.

I said: "Is it the one about just enjoying people for a reason or a season; and, how, if you can just do that, you can find happiness for two hours or two days or two weeks?"



He replied: "That's the one!"



Yes, lots of people have re-read, re-quoted and re-posted that blog entry because I guess it strikes a note somewhere.

I told him: "I really believe that, by the way." Especially in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

And speaking of heart-wrenching, click here to listen to the most heart-wrenchingly sad song I've heard in a long time.





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