Friday, January 08, 2016

christmas misses and new year hopes

been so dormant lately, the Muse has not visited. although the festive spirit began spreading over when December 1 kicked in, still unexplainedly, i sort of remained aloof from it all.  yet, one cannot but feel it in the air, the joyful excitement of Christmas and the hopeful expectancy of an incoming new year.  the stores have begun propping up their Christmas and year-end slash down sale offers. and hordes of people flocked to the malls and stores to prepare.

then, suddenly it's done. the holidays were over.

forced the mind and the heart to reminisce on the year that had just passed.  christmas was over again and another year had just kicked in.  i reread the first posts i wrote for 2015.  for me, 2015 was just a so-so year. not dramatic, just an average year, materially especially.  i was able to hold on a few pesos, fought the urge to spend them till the new year, 2016, had planted it's very first step in my frontyard.

Christmas misses --

 manong Pedro, my favorite street sweeper, had passed away way back last March and i have this lonely 100 peso bill in my wallet. i used to hand this over to him as my gift and he breaks into his tired smile and fighting off a cough thanks me, "boss, this is so much.." ;

Nanay Luding, or Claudia, my mother-in-law, also passed away, just this middle of November, and one time before Christmas, while my daughter was cleaning up her room, i saw her hold up an old Christmas card and mournfully said, " i will miss Lola(Grandma) Luding .." and I remembered Claudia has always been this person to write letters and send actual greeting cards to her loved ones. in this digital age, I know so very few are hanging on to keep on writing actual letters and greeting cards ...

i missed spending the holidays with my wife... it's different when you're sharing special times with the one you hold dearest in your heart ... the holiday songs mean more, the festive air more vibrant..

New Year hopes --

for the Muse to visit me as often as She can;
for the Infinite to keep me in its Holy Company;
for abundance and Peace to finally grace our country, not just for a select few, but for all, especially after we have chosen new leaders (another elections forthcoming);
for good health and material blessings ...
for the Infinite to let me share my gift of song ...

Let me share with everyone this prayer from one of my favorite Indian saints, Paramhansa Yogananda ---

Lord, teach us to feel
that Thou art the Power behind all wealth
and the Value within all things
finding Thee first we shall find
everything else in Thee.

Happy New Year to all of us!!


Christopher Dos Santos said...

Namaste dear brother Sito;

Your musings compel me to wipe clear these tears. May you be gifted joy, love, prosperity of the soul, heart and purse. Often I think of you dear brother. Sated by the gift that is your friendship, I thank God for such grace.

In Lak' ech, prosper with love... live with joy...

~bani said...

Seasons Greetings Sito! i have dearly missed blogging in 2015. Thank you for the reminder as always. Friends like you are truly priceless. Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful 2016 with new experiences, thoughts and so much more love.
Thank you for being there =)

Love and light

captron52 said...

And a very happy and prosperous New Year for you as well.

sito saguid said...

Dear brother Chris

it always comes as a great reassurance that even if we have not met physically there is this bond between us will stay pure and true. Indeed, friendship is a great gift. I always thank the Infinite as well for having found a kindred spirit as you.

sito saguid said...


there will be times when we will be compelled to dwell in silence but this will not mean that Friendship will not be there. we are kindred spirits. May this new year be fruitful for all of us.

sito saguid said...


dear friend, I could not thank you much for all,of your erudite posts. don't grow tired of sharing your gift of knowledge. Have a wonderful year!