Showing posts with label luck. Show all posts
Showing posts with label luck. Show all posts

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Reclaiming January

I spoke too soon....I think.  January 2011 started on a very positive note...and then...uh,oh...

First, how could so many people I know or know of die in one week's time?  There was the mother of a fellow doctor and a staff nurse, all within 24 hours of each other...then 2 of our neighbors just dropped dead, also in a span of 1 or 2 days from each other!  And before I could even give my respects, last rained! It rained so much from evening until the next day, that it caused flooding all over the city (as well as 3 other neighboring cities and one town), causing mass evacuation of people in several barangays, stranded passengers in stalled vehicles and trapped employees who could not get out of their work place because of the rising flood waters. You can see people getting off buses and walking home in knee high son walked for about 2 and a half kilometer in the dark (there was a blackout to avoid electrical accidents) in order to get home. My nephew together with 2 vans of students had to seek shelter in the municipal hall of a neighboring town because they cannot enter the city.  About 20 students also sought refuge in the hospital. The roads became passable at about 9 PM and my nephew got home almost 11 PM.  My own house was not spared.  Water covered our front lawn and entered part of our sun room. My brother's house got an even worse deal...with water entering his whole house reaching up to mid-calf. Power returned at about midnight. Thankfully, there were no casualties in our city and evacuation was quick. The last time this happened was in the year 2000...January 14th to be exact...the city was totally unprepared and the damage was horrendous.  This time around, the damage was limited to a few roads and property. What was amazing about the whole experience was that the next morning, the sun was out and there was even a beautiful rainbow! It was as if the day before never happened.  

And to add to January's 70 year old uncle fell off  the roof of a 3- story house while setting up a TV satellite.  Of course, I thought the worst but, this is one lucky guy because all he got were fractured arms, small lacerations in his knee and nose, and some abrasions.  I did not know whether I should be sorry for him or laugh, so instead I got angry with him. Wasn't he thinking??? Oh well.

There are still a little more than 2 weeks left to January.  Starting tomorrow, it's only going to get better...I know.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bad or Good Luck?

Once in a while I do get superstitious, especially when something bad happens to things at home one after another.  I get this eerie sense that when these occur it somehow offsets a worse event from happening and I can only feel relief.  Suddenly it does not matter that over the weekend my son lost another cell-phone... that this morning, our table top Christmas tree fell again...that my expensive hair clip broke...and that the staff of the mini St. Joseph  broke after my daughter threw the small statue.  Over-all, it has been a great week and today was a very good day.  But isn't it scary when life seems almost perfect?  So when something makes my day imperfect, I always thank God that all that negative energy has been channeled to something unimportant and replaceable in my life. And that I am once again lucky and blessed.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


February 2009 started out not differently from January or so I thought. The first week, my son Ramie's cellphone was lost...misplaced...fell...whatever. But, if you saw his phone, you'd have said good riddance. It was functional but looked...well, battered. Since his last phone was a camera phone which he also lost, he chose a cheaper one as replacement and it has been put to good use(abuse)for the last 2.5 years. So losing this phone didn't hurt as much. One week and one day later, on Friday the 13th, it was my turn to lose something. This time, it hurt! We planned to attend a fund-raising for a young man stricken with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia but at the last minute, it was only Ramie and I who decided to go. I brought my 3 month old digital camera "just in case" there was a photo opportunity. Well, when we got there, it hasn't started yet and so we decided to drive around. When we came back, I decided to leave the camera in the car and forgot about it until we got home. To my horror, it wasn't there anymore...did it fall off? did somebody steal it? where could it have gone? Anyway, in spite of all efforts, it was never found. Now, you would think...nothing more worse could happen, could it? Well, does the non-detection of the hard disc in my less than a month old notebook one week after I lost my digital camera count as more worse...then, it did. And to top it all, later when I tried to withdraw money from my ATM, it deducted from my account but did not disburse the cash...wahhhhhhh. There's still 2 weeks of February to go and so for the rest of those days, I decide to walk on tiptoe. There were a lot of work related stress during those last 2 weeks and when February 28 came, I was giving a sigh of relief...and then, at approximately 6:30 PM, I got a call from Ramie's friend informing me that he sustained a fall while playing football and his R ankle twisted. Can he walk? can he stand? The answer was I had him picked up. When I saw him, he was walking...or limping and in fact was inclined to spend the night with his friends, one of whom was celebrating his birthday. Of course, I refused and brought him home...which is a good thing because before the night was over, his right foot was swollen. It took him almost 3 days to be able to walk again and another week to get all the swelling down. February is now over and March is still not great but I'm no longer losing things. But it doesn't really matter...there are far more worse things that could happen than just losing things. I told myself after all these happened...Trust God, He will make every day a better day!

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