The child in us

As we grow older and get absorbed into the “generic” life full of conformity and uniformity, we tend to lose touch with the innocent ideals, aspirations, and ambitions we used to have as a child.

Some if not all of us seemed to have lost touch with the creativity we once possessed.

Leading up to my teenage years, I remember that good ideas filled my mind most of the time and I had fun materializing them.

Some say that our ideals are not necessarily the reality but as we busy ourselves in the rat race, it can be challenging defining reality.

Recently, I found joy in assembling model kits. It amazes me how amazing these models has been designed and engineered. Every piece is so well thought of.

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I believe that in a world that tends to drown out creativity, what comes naturally will always reign victorious and eventually, creativity will triumph.

Take for example Ruth B, the singer songwriter who shot to fame with her original song Lost Boy. Not only it hits a chord in me but it speaks to the child in me as well. It is an awe inspiring piece of masterpiece produced by creativity and talent. In an industry that usually thrives through “packaging and marketing”, we are seeing more and more organic artists that are naturally gifted and do not need fancy gimmicks to attain popularity.

This song is currently on my playlist and I enjoy every word of it.

Faith vs. Believe

I believe this will be one of the sermons by Rev. Fr. Michael that I will remember for the rest of my life. Fr. Michael is well known for his fluent, profound, and meaningful sermons and I first heard him preach more than 10 years ago.

Yesterday, he started off his sermon with a question targeted at the congregation.

“Faith & Believe, are they the same?”

Can I have a show of hands from those among you who thinks faith and believe are the same thing?

As quickly as a hand raised up, it quickly disappeared among the crowd.

Naturally, more hands were raised by those who thinks faith and believe are two different things.

Fr. Michael went on to share two stories to further put forth his points.

The first scenario happened at the convent where the nuns organized an outdoor carnival. It was rainy season and clouds were hovering above the venue. Fr. Michael witness their fervent prayers asking the Lord to keep the rain at bay so that the carnival will be a success. Hours later, Fr. Michael bumped into the same nuns that led the prayers earlier but this time, they were holding umbrellas. The priest asked them why the umbrellas and they replied, “You know Father, just in case it rains”.

They have faith, but did not believe…

The second scenario happened at a circus. The final act was tightrope walking. The lights under the canopy was dimmed and a spotlight shone on the tightrope walker at the far end of the rope. The master of ceremonies (MC) asked with great excitement, “Do you believe that he will be able to walk across the rope without any safety net?” and to this, the crowd cheered and clapped as loudly as they could. Again, the MC asked, “Do you really believe that he will be able to walk across the rope without any safety net?” and the crowd cheered and clapped even louder. Then the MC asked, “Do you believe he will be able to walk across the rope with another person on his shoulders and without any safety net?” The crowd’s cheers and claps became deafening.

The MC then asked, “Can we have a volunteer, please?”

And to that, total silence…

They believe, but did not have faith…

Fr. Michael acknowledges that everyone have faith of different levels but God meets us where we are and help us grow. The disciples did not believe that Jesus has risen when Mary of Magdala informed them of the empty tomb, Thomas did not believe until he touches Jesus’ wounds, and the disciples went back to their old ways after Jesus’ resurrection but God met them where they were in their level of faith. FAITH is a seed of hope that we plant but BELIEVE is our response to grow in faith.

To conclude, I guess all we really need is FAITH the size of a mustard seed to move mountains.

That’s if only we truly BELIEVE.

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Homogeneous

During one of the conversations I had with a co-worker, we agreed that the world is running out of visionaries. It seemed that we have lost many creative thinkers and leaders. Like humans created out of a mold, most of us are merely followers.

Just by recalling the cartoons and movies we watched back in the 80s and 90s gives testament to the reason why I am opined that the numbers of visionaries are dwindling. They are the epitome of originality and the amount of thoughts put into creating each one was immeasurable. What we have now are many remakes of the same ideas from the aforementioned era.

I must say that it will be quite a challenge for someone in our current era to come out with the idea of 5 robotic lions combining into a huge robot (Voltron) or even vehicles that are able to transform into robots (Transformers). These ingenious ideas survived the test of time. Who would have thought that even the remake of the merchandises for these characters will not only be relevant today, but huge successes among the current generation as well as the generation that first seen them?

The ingenuity of these ideas have captured the minds of an entire generation. Even though they debuted in the 80s, these children have grown up to afford the merchandises made out of their favorite characters.

Is that investing in the future or what?

In the USA alone, the number of births in 1980 was estimated at 3,612,258. These children are now 36 years old and most should be able to afford a familiar toy of their favorite cartoon character back in the 80s.

I am curious to know if it was a strategically planned maneuver or a random try at luck. Did the creators of these famous entertainment franchises knew over 30 years ago that they would again become profitable in the future?

Nonetheless, they sure are visionaries of their time.

Looking at the current trends, do you think there are anything that will survive the test of time?

What do you think will be in trend 30 years from now if it is created today?

Because you see, it only takes one to break out of this homogeneous lifestyle to gain from the vast majority. Are we the makers of trends or merely the followers of trends?

That depends on how different we choose to be in life…

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