Wednesdays with Buena: Feel the Beauty Around You

Photo of Shem-shem Pablo

By Buenaflor Laoang

Dear Me,

That’s great; I see you’re doing finer now. You have reminded yourself what you’ve been created to be- a loving, generous, beautiful spirit- and it’s clear in your mind. You hold it in your heart.

 You have also managed to get that body moving! You no longer mind if it’s aching or if it’s not used to an endeavor, you just know you have to do it! Say goodbye to those old, spoiled lazybones!

You are determined to be a changed self. You see hope once again.  Enough holding on to the ugly details of your past failures. Now, you see things possible. To redeem, to glow, to have that beautiful smile on your face once again.

Keep it up.




For the past two posts in Wednesdays with me, I shared with you two secrets in getting REFRESHed, a list of nice things to do seven weeks before New Year. Your first week starts with R-remembering who you are. And then on the second, you were with me in E- energizing yourself.

Now, we move to our task this week, F –feeling the beauty around you.

As I promised last week, I want to tell you about the wonderful things I discovered during my last week’s run:

1. Little mushrooms sprouting beautifully around a mountain of hay. You touch them, and they are so soft and tender; a single pull would hurt their delicate nature. But while the Philippine carabao feeds nearby, the mushrooms look undeterred—still majestic in stature. It’s like they know very well that Somebody up there takes care of them; no worries.  


2. The simplicity yet happiness of farm life, with all the farm folks greeting you on your way. They are mostly old men attending to their crops, younger men starting their day cleaning up their farm machines or drying grains, and old and young women alike lulling their babies or organizing their sari-sari stores—almost everyone is greeting you! You will just glow on the cheeks! It will seem that they are just waiting for you to come out and be their friend!


3. The rays of the sun rising behind the mountain and clouds. You see the light slowly enveloping the entire sky. The birds start to fly together and sing. The crops and the grasses and the trees sway with the fresh air. If you get out in the morning and bring yourself close to nature, you’d see all these things and more. You can just say as I did, “all things –really- so bright and wonderful!”

There are many more other wonders I’ve seen during my early jogs. Daily, I am added a new discovery of beauty. And I just have to feel and embrace the beauty around me! The beauty of little things like the mushroom that inspired a great character within me; the beauty of good relationships with people around me (it’s not a lonely world after all); the beauty of life and natural resources provided for us to enjoy and breathe with gladness, daily.

I learned that sometimes, we just have to get out.  And feel the beauty around.


Editor’s Note: Hop on to Buenaflor Laoang’s Facebook Page – you might be able to socialize and interact with her. Ask her questions about this REFRESHed series!



The Three “-ations”

Photo of Randy Legaspi

By Ronald Colunga

There are three things that everyone should apply to their lives. The three “-ations” as i call them. The Ations are three certain things that can help anyone in their lives, and anyone can apply it to their lives. The first being Inspiration, second is Motivation, third is Education.


Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. We have all seen inspirational videos that registers in our mind, and makes us do things out of the ordinary. People are one of the main causes of inspiration, lets talk about an individual by the name of Nick Vujacic. Nick has no limbs, and he is one of the most inspirational people in the world. Nick shows us that life is hard, but when you stop trying is when you have failed. When you are down in life and you are trying to get up, if you try 100 times, 1000 times, or 10,000 times to get up and you fail every time, if you give up will you ever get up? No, you will not get up! But if you keep trying you will get up! Please watch this video of Nick and let him inspire you. NEVER GIVE UP!

 (Around 1:25 is where the speech comes in.)


Motivation is the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. Motivation and Inspiration correlate with each other as you could tell. Lets talk about motivating other people. Think back to the Will’s, Wont’s, and Cant’s (See will’s, wont’s, and cant’s post) telling someone they can’t do it, is demotivating an individual, telling them they won’t do it is opposing a individual, but telling someone they will do it is motivating in itself.  Think about it, if a person keeps telling another person they will do something, they can do something, that certain individual will start to believe it himself and he will never give up. That is motivation! Now how do you motivate yourself? Easy! Tell YOURSELF you will do it. Tell yourself you can achieve what you want in life, and you will achieve it. There is no one to stop to you but yourself!


Education is the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction. Look at the two key words in that definition “Receiving” and “Giving.” Lets look at giving first, giving education is just as important as receiving education. Now I’m not telling you to go out there and tell everybody they are wrong and that you are right. What i am saying, is if you see someone struggling with something in their lives help them out. Educate them, send them videos to look at. Give them a book to read! If they ask you for advice to tell them to “google” it, help them find the answer. There is plenty of ways to educate someone, now lets take the initiative and do it!

On to the “Receiving” portion of education. Throughout your life people will help you, they will guide you and give there opinions on the right choices to make. I cannot stress this enough always, always, always, always, listen to what people have to say. It WILL help you in life. Listen to their opinions, listen to their struggles and learn from their mistakes not just your own.

Lets end this post off with a quick lesson on educating yourself. How? READ READ READ! Read a book! Books have all the information that you need! All you have to do is get a book and read it. Also watch videos on a little something you are trying to learn. A quick 5 minute video can educate you for a lifetime. What I like to do is Read a book and watch a video in the morning, as well as at night. Like a said, just a few pages of reading and a short video twice a day will change your life. Never stop educating yourself, there is always something new to learn.

The video for the day!

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