Down and down into the rabbit hole lived a hobbit who was visited by a Wizard on a motorbike. “You’re a wizard, hobbit”, the wizard said, and gave him an offer he can’t refuse. He will give him the Iron Throne where a bastard born of incest now sits, but in exchange he must get him the key to free Islington from his captivity. After that the he made a gesture and offered to show him a coin trick before starting off the journey.
The hobbit ventured far and wide and arrived at a really vast Wall of ice. He went up the wall where suddenly a Titan larger than the wall peeked above it and greatly horrified its inhabitants; the hobbit had noticed that the Titan did something with its hair that he couldn’t quite figure out. He consulted Aemon who spat back, “It’s the color red. All things have color.” The hobbit saw color everywhere and taught that everyone was a bunch of phonies and thought about calling up his little sister Phoebe to tell her that he’s coming over.
On his journey back he was told that he had to ride a boat with Richard Parker (who was actually a large Bengal tiger) and a prince from some asteroid called B-612. They had to tame the tiger first before they became friends with it. They arrived at the Overlook Hotel where his sister was currently staying, went to Room 217, and knocked at the door. The moment the door opened, he saw that his sister was actually green all over (he can now see color, duh). “My precious!” the hobbit said. His sister looked at his companions and stared at them, most especially at the prince whom she couldn’t quite figure out; he seemed eerily familiar. The prince (who at the first place insisted on coming to the hotel even if they had a large Bengal tiger as a companion) started reading from a book that he brought with him. “I love you deeply and I hope you know that” he added as he finished his reading.
"Of course I do," she said. "I’ve always loved you, Noah."
"After all this time?" the hobbit interrupted. "Always," said the Prince.
They all shed tears of joy in this loving reunion.
At this point in time, they forgot about their journey. Suddenly a large blast of light blinded the four of them, and the wizard arrived (again on a motorbike) clad in white and wearing something in his hand that glowed. It was the One Ring to rule them all.
The hobbit scrambled over and bit the ring off his finger and threw it in the fires of Mordor (interestingly, the hotel’s fireplace had a name). The ring engraved itself on the embers, melted, and disappeared into non-existence. The wizard started cursing and made rude gestures. After all the ruckus he started to quiet down and said, “Oh well” and disappeared.
At this point, you ask, “What happened to the angel? And to the journey to recapture the throne? What the fuck did I just waste time on?”
Does it really matter? Valar Morghulis.
Maybe Very Happy by Jack Gilbert
After she died he was seized
by a great curiosity about what
it was like for her. Not that he
doubted how much she loved him.
But he knew there must have been
some things she had not liked.
So he went to her closest friend
and asked what she complained of.
"It’s all right," he had to keep
saying, “I really won’t mind.”
Until the friend finally gave in.
"She said sometimes you made a noise
drinking your tea if it was very hot.”
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Hinding-hindi ko talaga makalimutan ang naramdaman ko noong ako’y nasa Taiwan at kumukuha ng Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. Tuwing naaalala ko, naiiyak pa rin ako.
Parang sobrang simple nga lang ng problema ko noon, at kayang-kaya solusyonan. Ang dumating lang sa aking problema noon, ay umaasa akong matatapos ko by July 15 ang lahat ng hinihingi sa akin, at makakauwi ako bago humantong ang July 30. Kaso, noong kinausap ko ang aking professor para sa isang konsultasyon noong huling linggo ng June, sinabi niya sa akin na wala pa akong nagagawang research.
Ang masakit nun, iyon na ang huli kong semestre sa paaralang iyon.
Ang payo sa akin ng lahat ng nasa paligid ko, “Gawin mo na lang.” O kaya, “Huwag kang susuko. Kayang-kaya mo iyan!”. Napaka-positibo ng kanilang mga sinasabi. Kaso ang masakit sa narinig kong binitawang mga salita ng aking professor, umukit na nang matindi sa kailalim-laliman ng aking puso. Hindi mo na maitatanggal. Bakit ganito?
Umasa akong makakauwi ako. Umasa akong makikita ko nang muli ang aking nanay. Ang aking mga kapatid. Ang aking pamilya. Bago nung konsultasyon ko sa aking professor, OK naman ang lahat. Wala naman siyang reklamo. Inakala kong OK na rin ang lahat. “On time” ako makakagraduate. Iyon ang inakala ko.
Kaso mali ang inakala ko. Hindi ako makauuwi agad. Kalokohan lang daw ang mga ginawa kong “research” (Oo, kailangan ng air quotes, ayon sa prof ko). Ang sakit ng nasirang pag-asa ang siyang pumatay sa kalooban ko sa Taiwan. Bago umabot sa Final defense, ang pagkain ko, lahat walang lasa. Ayoko na lang gumising sa umaga. Kada gabi ay sasalubungin ko ng iyak.
Hinding-hindi ko makakalimutan ang kalungkutang iyon. Hanggang ngayon sumisilip pa rin sa araw-araw kong nabubuhay ang kalungkutang ibinigay sa akin ng Taiwan. Kaunting alaala lamang sa mga pangyayari noon, parang ayoko na lang huminga. Pinipigilan ko minsan ang mga luhang gustong bumaba tungo sa aking mga pisngi. Ang sakit ng naranasan kong iyon. Ayoko nang maulit itong muli…
This reminds us that everyday, God is telling us that we should not be afraid.
Go on with your life. God is with us always.