Conversations

The quality of your attention determines the quality of other people’s thinking.

Nancy Kline

U.S. author.

This is so true.

Probably you and the other end are not on the same wavelength. Or the being was bored s/he wanted to sleep. Or there are other things in mind not parallel with each other. Or the whole exercise is boring.

Sometimes people around make it so obvious that what you talk about is uninteresting. Does that make you a boring person? Maybe yes, maybe no. It depends, actually.

Sometimes when people just agree, it makes you feel dull. A conversation does not have to be agreement all the time. But it is worse when you don’t get an answer at all. As the saying goes, “A good listener is not someone who has nothing to say.”

There was one person I remember who had boldly rebuked what I did and said. Of course, I defended myself, which is but natural to anybody being criticized. The conversation lasted smoothly and with me asking in the end, “Does that make me a bad person?” “Yes,” went the answer. I winced but bravely accepted the fact that I was at that time bad.

And there was this individual who thinks of self as Grade A, as in superlative, and you are left beholden to be a listener to the repetitive self-adulation. Uninteresting fool, and I was not entertained.

Is there ever an ideal conversation? I’d like to think that there is, even with the shortcomings of the other end. With wit and humor come the lasting thoughts of beautiful and unforgettable conversations.

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Conversations

The quality of your attention determines the quality of other people’s thinking.

Nancy Kline

U.S. author.

This is so true.

Probably you and the other end are not on the same wavelength. Or the being was bored s/he wanted to sleep. Or there are other things in mind not parallel with each other. Or the whole exercise is boring.

Sometimes people around make it so obvious that what you talk about is uninteresting. Does that make you a boring person? Maybe yes, maybe no. It depends, actually.

Sometimes when people just agree, it makes you feel dull. A conversation does not have to be agreement all the time. But it is worse when you don’t get an answer at all. As the saying goes, “A good listener is not someone who has nothing to say.”

There was one person I remember who had boldly rebuked what I did and said. Of course, I defended myself, which is but natural to anybody being criticized. The conversation lasted smoothly and with me asking in the end, “Does that make me a bad person?” “Yes,” went the answer. I winced but bravely accepted the fact that I was at that time bad.

And there was this individual who thinks of self as Grade A, as in superlative, and you are left beholden to be a listener to the repetitive self-adulation. Uninteresting fool, and I was not entertained.

Is there ever an ideal conversation? I’d like to think that there is, even with the shortcomings of the other end. With wit and humor come the lasting thoughts of beautiful and unforgettable conversations.

Fallin’ Out

My eyes always have that itchy feeling. Inspecting it with a mirror, I see one or two lashes which had fallen out and is/are pricking my eyeball/s causing the itch.

From Paula’s Choice, there are reasons why lashes fall out:

  1. lashes shed and grow
  2. wiping off of make-up
  3. rubbing of the eyes
  4. overuse of mascara
  5. allergy to mascara
  6. consistent tugging using eye curlers
  7. noncosmetic allergies from allergens
  8. eye trauma
  9. eyelid infection
  10. eyelid cancer
  11. hypothyroidism
  12. pituitary insufficiency
  13. a mite called D. folliculorum

Madarosis, as the falling out of lashes is called, sometimes causes panic to me. I don’t know if there should be a limit to the number of lashes falling out in a day to say that it is still normal, and not chronic. What would be the equivalent if falling hair reaching up to a hundred a day is still normal?

Going over the list again, I dread thinking about numbers 8 to 13 reasons, especially number 10. Imagine how a single eyelash falling out and becoming frequent or persistent as caused by an eyelid cancer!

Fallin’ Out

My eyes always have that itchy feeling. Inspecting it with a mirror, I see one or two lashes which had fallen out and is/are pricking my eyeball/s causing the itch.

From Paula’s Choice, there are reasons why lashes fall out:

  1. lashes shed and grow
  2. wiping off of make-up
  3. rubbing of the eyes
  4. overuse of mascara
  5. allergy to mascara
  6. consistent tugging using eye curlers
  7. noncosmetic allergies from allergens
  8. eye trauma
  9. eyelid infection
  10. eyelid cancer
  11. hypothyroidism
  12. pituitary insufficiency
  13. a mite called D. folliculorum

Madarosis, as the falling out of lashes is called, sometimes causes panic to me. I don’t know if there should be a limit to the number of lashes falling out in a day to say that it is still normal, and not chronic. What would be the equivalent if falling hair reaching up to a hundred a day is still normal?

Going over the list again, I dread thinking about numbers 8 to 13 reasons, especially number 10. Imagine how a single eyelash falling out and becoming frequent or persistent as caused by an eyelid cancer!

A Test of Morality and Ethics

This came from Charie, one of those wonderful friends I have, during the 2004 Presidential elections.

With all your honour and dignity —what would you do? This test only has one question, but it’s a very important one.

Please don’t answer it without giving it some serious thought…for the test to work correctly.

LET US SAY………

…. You’re in Pampanga…

In Mabalacat, to be exact…

There is chaos going on around you, caused by heavy rains with all the flooding…

There is water all around you….

You are a small newspaper photographer….

…and you are in the middle of this great disaster…..

You’re trying to shoot very impressive photos…

There are houses and people floating around you, disappearing into the water…

Nature is showing all its destructive power…

Suddenly you see a man, steering a big van…

He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken away by a massive wall of water and mud…

You move closer…

Somehow the man looks familiar……

Suddenly you know who it is — it’s Fernando Poe,Jr.!

In that same instant you notice that the raging waters are about to take him away, forever…

You have two options.

You can save him – or you can take the best photo of your life. You can save the life of Da King, or you can shoot a prize-winning photo which could make you very popular…

A photo displaying what could be the last moments of a very popular actor who may even become the next President of the Philippines…

And here’s the question: (Please give an honest answer, PLEASE!!)

Are you going to use black-and-white film, or colored?

Light satire that brightens my day everytime I read it. I will never grow tired reading this email, and will still laugh even if I’d read it many times! 🙂

A Test of Morality and Ethics

This came from Charie, one of those wonderful friends I have, during the 2004 Presidential elections.

With all your honour and dignity —what would you do? This test only has one question, but it’s a very important one.

Please don’t answer it without giving it some serious thought…for the test to work correctly.

LET US SAY………

…. You’re in Pampanga…

In Mabalacat, to be exact…

There is chaos going on around you, caused by heavy rains with all the flooding…

There is water all around you….

You are a small newspaper photographer….

…and you are in the middle of this great disaster…..

You’re trying to shoot very impressive photos…

There are houses and people floating around you, disappearing into the water…

Nature is showing all its destructive power…

Suddenly you see a man, steering a big van…

He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken away by a massive wall of water and mud…

You move closer…

Somehow the man looks familiar……

Suddenly you know who it is — it’s Fernando Poe,Jr.!

In that same instant you notice that the raging waters are about to take him away, forever…

You have two options.

You can save him – or you can take the best photo of your life. You can save the life of Da King, or you can shoot a prize-winning photo which could make you very popular…

A photo displaying what could be the last moments of a very popular actor who may even become the next President of the Philippines…

And here’s the question: (Please give an honest answer, PLEASE!!)

Are you going to use black-and-white film, or colored?

Light satire that brightens my day everytime I read it. I will never grow tired reading this email, and will still laugh even if I’d read it many times! 🙂

I am glad I am here for her.

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I cannot afford seeing her sad, or crying. I know she is a budding lady that has to face the world and its cruelty, and deceit, and bias. I know that. But I still cannot bear the thought that she’s hurting.

Heavens… time is running really fast. She was just my little princess. It was like yesterday. Now, she is a little lady becoming a target of life’s pointed shafts.

I am glad I am here for her. Though I feel hurt, too, but am I glad I am her ear even for just a while.

This is kind of unfair but I know it’s not really worth spilling her tears over someone who doesn’t know his ass from his elbow.