Saturday, December 29, 2007

Annus Horribilus

Pasko na sinta ko
Hanap-hanap kita
Bakit nagtatampo't
Nilisan ako?

2007 has been such a horrible year for so many of my friends and relatives that I can hardly wait to shake its dust off my feet.

'Twas the year of break-up of relationships - for some, professional; for others; personal. In the past, we drowned our sorrow with countless rounds of beer and tequila shots and bravely shouted out to the world that we were survivors and that the best was yet to come. Now, we huddle in coffee shops, exchange furtive whispers at family gatherings or sip glasses of red wine at home in quiet despair. Has the best come and passed us by?

It's been a sad sad year - a year of soul-shattering dissolution. The 5-7 year itch is upon us. Now is the time to decide with our minds as well as our hearts if we can still go the distance. This is the time to decide if love is enough to overcome the fundamental differences. Can you handle the insecurities of your partner? Can you continue working in an environment charged with negative energy? Can you forgive infidelity? Can you deal with the in-laws from hell? More importantly, if the answer is no, do you still have the energy to start something new?

The past few months have painful as I've hugged and comforted friends whose lives are breaking apart. I hate this feeling of helplessness against forces over which we have no control. All we can do is pray for strength & acceptance and hope that 2008 will be better.

"Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43: 18-19

P/B/E/J/D *hugs*

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