Hello everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed your Halloween Night!

I woke up yesterday and started my day like any other ordinary day, actually.

But, before we go even further, let’s flash back to a few days ago, when I arrived home, feeling exhausted as though all the energy had completely drained out from my body and wondered how a day went by so fast yet so slowly at the same time since I was also stuck in the worst traffic. Ever.

Just when I was occupied with those thoughts, a friend of mine greeted me warmly and we chatted up a little.

Suddenly, he looked up to the sky and pointed, “Whoa, look at how many stars there are tonight!”

My eyes traveled up without much thoughts, but then –boom! — I was struck by how many stars were shining so brightly and how big and beautiful our galaxy really is. As I stood there, mesmerized, I was hit with a realization that it had been such a long time since I last gazed up at the sky.

Remember I mentioned in my previous post that, a little while back, I had been experiencing some crazy, ongoing life events?

Well, I must honestly tell you that I wasn’t really prepared to get charged up and feel so much more lively so quickly — merely by doing something as simple as this.

Looking all around me, how many of us have been so occupied by the routines of our lives that we got totally engrossed by whatever we are focusing on and forgot to stop and smell the roses?

Yes, I know that there’re bad things happening all around us, with bad news on TVs and concurring life events that are not-so-good (for some, like me, might’ve even been traumatic) that kept us moving forward in such a fast pace that it just ain’t easy to stop and smell the roses. Especially when those series of events happen too fast for us to react sometimes.

Many friends of mine seemed to be pretty much the same too.

But, little did I know that once I started to enjoy my little star gazing it would eventually change my life. And change my perspectives of life, in general, too.

“Right…” you said, “but what’s that got to do with the holiday and all?”

OK, so, now let’s fast forward to yesterday morning.

I woke up and, out of the blue, I was eager to find out what the sky would look like in the morning of Halloween.

I guess I was expecting to see some ominous, dark clouds swallowing up the full moon or something.

But, to my surprise, I saw a half moon surrounded by the most gigantic, bright circle of light (halo-like), while many tiny stars dotted and twinkled across the darkened sky.

It took my breath away with something so magnificent yet so close to Earth. And, even though it was chilly outside, I remained there and savored that special moment.

Anyhow, I became a little excited afterwards and couldn’t wait for the Halloween night to come. I couldn’t wait to see kids and adults in the holiday spirit, wearing costumes and trick-or-treating. I also couldn’t wait to get stuck in the heavy traffic so I could take my time admiring the decorated houses on the way home.

I mean, personally I’m a little more on the thrifty side, so I’m not all for spending a fortune in order to get into the holiday spirit. But I’m just so grateful that holidays exist. They give us reasons to celebrate and to get in a jolly mood. They serve as reminders for us to stop and enjoy life a little more. And, of course, they give us reasons to stock up and eat too much, too!

So, I drove home last night, determined to enjoy myself for the first time in a long time.

As soon as I turned into the street, my neighbors’ houses greeted me with welcoming and creative Halloween decor.

I beamed and knocked on a few doors, exchanging pleasantries and candies. I teased little kids by trying to cut in lines for my treats. I even had a really nice belly laugh when I joked about wearing an invisible cloak costume, even though I was only in my work clothes.

The whole experience lasted 5 minutes. Top.

Yet, it was so refreshing and so therapeutic, particularly at the end of this very long day; it was just what I needed but didn’t know for a long time.

Guess what I’m saying is that you should try it sometimes, if you haven’t done so recently.

You don’t even have to wait until there’s a holiday to do it and you could be doing something simple for as short as 2 minutes.

Sometimes what we need in life is the simplest thing that we almost take for granted. But the good news is, you don’t have to look too hard to find it again.

So see if you can find time to try it today, lovely folks, and you’ll know what I’m talkin’ about! 🙂

Meanwhile, thank you all for listening and hope you all have a wonderful day!


Teacup Talk

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