Archive for February, 2012

Man’s Best Friend

I was sitting in a corner table at Barnes and Noble bookstore’s coffee shop, when a chocolate-brown Labrador strode in front of me, together with a woman holding its  leash. Momentarily, I took off my focus from the book I was reading, and gazed at the duo who stood near my table while  waiting  in front of the elevator. As soon as the elevator door opened, the dog, apparently knowing what to do, went ahead inside followed by its owner. I could not help myself but admire this special dog… it was a “service dog” as confirmed by its red colored Service Dog ID vest.
Dogs like this Labrador were trained to perform tasks to aid/benefit individuals with disability. The Americans with Disability Act of 1990 allows service dogs or any trained animal  to aid individuals who need their services. They accompany their owners to places where the general public is allowed, even riding in a public transportation. They serve as eyes, or ears, or as a companion to people who have special needs.
Wow! It never stops to amaze me, every time I see one of them…guiding their owners to cross a busy street or intersection, pick up personal things  or items dropped on the floor, or a companion to those with mental/medical condition such as depression, seizure, or diabetes. These Service Dogs are sensitive and can actually be trained to assist according to each disabled individual’s need. A strong symbiotic relationship is important between the dog and its owner, because the health and safety of the owners are dependent upon the dog’s ability to focus on whichever specific task they were trained to do. These dogs are well-trained that they are able to resist distractions from the environment they are in, during the time they are “at work!” Now, who can say that dogs can’t take on a job?
Yes they play…a lot. But isn’t it what every one of us have in common? We all have that inner child in us, and unbeknownst, we engage in some playful moments. They don’t whine, they don’t complain, they don’t answer back…well, perhaps they do, but not in a language that is known to you and me. Nevertheless, if you are familiar with the words faithful, devoted, loyal…that’s what they are. They are always there when and where they are needed.

When The Heart Speaks

     – Words of a Hopeful Romantic-

*A bridge may be made of concrete and steel but it could not surpass the strength of a bridge out of love and passion.

*It is timeless to wait if the waiting is desired from deep within your heart.

*The long and winding road can be traversed with no constraint of time if your true love awaits at the end.

*You hold the key to unlock my heart. Open it and you will find my love bottled in a timeless vessel.

*I would rather choose the path of uncertainty as long as I’m walking hand in hand with you.

*Even how long will forever be, how far beyond each passing day. My heart will keep on beating. For you, be it an endless waiting.

*They say love is bittersweet…But how could I believe that, when being with you, each moment is worth a love to keep.

*I love the feel of the gentle breeze touching my face, but I find unabashed joy when the warmth of your body touches mine.

*Your tender loving voice still echoes in my mind as you slip the ring in my finger. “As my love for you. No sides and no end, an everlasting one.”

*Just look inside your heart. You will find me in the midst of each fragment of your longings. And beyond the shadow of doubt, love will resurface when fate and chance collide.

*Together we vowed to love and withstand the test of time. A commitment we professed in front of God and of men.

*I was afraid to open my heart and let love walk in. But you made me believe in myself that I can love again.

*The secret code that you were trying to break to open my heart is no secret anymore.

*Love…I knew it then, but not the way I know it now. And I’m ready to face the future, because you are…

*You inspired me to take the risk and leave the safety of the familiar, instead of keeping me in a protective cocoon. Thank you for being there while I explore the path to self-discovery and fulfillment.

*Open your heart to the honest intention of people who cares. You will be surprised that those imbittered feelings will soon be overshadowed by understanding and acceptance. Let love reclaim its place in your heart.

*Success means nothing unless you have someone to share it with.

*In times that I’m in the midst of nothingness, I just look in your eyes. You understand, and hold my heart in the palm of your hand. Then and only then I know that the void inside me is filled with your love.

*Like a photographer, you see and capture the world with amazing precision and clarity, but the irony of it is…you fail to see the beauty right before your eyes.

*Each stroke of your brush, you captured my special moment in your canvas. At that very moment, I fell in love with you.

*I dream of you as my knight in shining armor, and together we create our own fairytale. As dreams are my different kind of reality, we explore and live happily ever after in the real world…You and I.

*At one point in our lives, we lost faith and trust because of a painful past. But if we open up ourselves to what is out there, love will reveal itself.

*Halfway through my song, I forgot the lyrics. And then it hit me…that is the part that I used to sing with you. We made beautiful music…You and I.

*You came to me in my dream. When I woke up, nestled in your loving arms…our daughter and me. Oh, what a rightful place to be.

*I have been navigating through life without a compass, until you became my true north. I’m home, where you are.

*If  I will write a book of our love story, there will be no ending. Because you and I will go on creating a new chapter as we live our life together.

*All these years, I’ve been searching for something, for answers. I’ve been looking in so many places, not realizing the importance of what I see; refusing to understand the simplicity and essence of your existence. The fact of the matter is…all along, you’ve always been there for me. How could have I missed it? Not anymore.

*Is there a magic formula for happiness? Or for falling in love? I am wondering how does it actually happen? I don’t know…I’m not sure…but it just happened to me when I am with you. So now I know: the magic formula is YOU.

*When I ran away, I end up turning back to you; when I tried to look away, I can’t help but look back to find you. I stay where my rightful place is…with You.

*People make choices…I made mine. It may not be the right one, but for me, it is the best. With you, I proved to the world, that You are my best choice.

*I taught myself to be strong to face the great unknown; taught myself to brave the storm. And from the moment you showed up at my doorstep and gave me your love, I knew…I am not alone.

*I could hardly remember who I was. What I know now is who I am when You and I became Us.

*How do you keep the waves away from the shore? How do you stop the sun from rising each morning? How do you stop a thunder follow a lightning? As nature’s course is unstoppable, so is my love for you.

*Replaying in my mind that scene when we said our last goodbye, I became skeptic to open up myself to commit. But as I moved on with time, someone saved my heart from being broken and mended my troubled emotions. A second chance may not be perfect, but the right one.

*That promise of one last slow dance, was the precursor of the many, never-ending slow dances that we danced together. You led, I followed. In your arms, I moved in a rhythm so divine, that the music goes on and on and on…

*You and I are dreamers. Perhaps chasing a dream that could never be found, perhaps striving to realize that dream but in the end could never come true…or perhaps hold on to that dream and hope that someday, our rainbows will come shining through.



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