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How do you welcome change?
with a smile or being sad?
“Change is the only constant in life”
Who would argue to that? I don't..why? because I was once a “cute”
little baby and now...well never mind. LOL Seriously though, all of us
have undergone changes whether it's physical, environment, situations
or any other things in life, change is inevitable.The earth for that matter is undergoing constant changes. I just hope it doesn't fall apart.
My life has gone into a lot of changes
since I went to the Netherlands to join my husband in 2009. Ton and I
were married in August 17, 2007 which reminded me that we will be
celebrating our 10th year anniversary soon. Wow. Looking back
from the almost 8 years of my life here it was like a roller coaster.
There were ups and downs but most of all I've survived it all.
I got the feel of the country when I
went here twice for vacation. It's a beautiful country, very
organized and the people I've met so far were very nice and friendly.
That was the time that I thought "I got to get ready to the changes
that will happen soon once everything is settled about living in the
land of tulips permanently".
The feeling of excitement was there
after all the hardships and frustrations that went along with
processing of the requirements needed for us to finally be together
was completed. We were also both happy. The thought of being together
every day was a great feeling but also the thought of leaving everything behind and starting a new life was intimidating.
I needed to leave my family especially
my children behind. Not only that, I also needed to leave one of the
best jobs (teaching) I have in my entire life, my colleagues and my friends. It
was hard, one of the most difficult because I will not be able to see
them especially my family every day.
But I needed to embrace the change from
being a single mom to being married to a dutch and that means also
learning their language which is one of the most difficult languages in
the world. I guess learning a new language or skill for the first
time will always be difficult to everyone but if you
are willing to do it wholeheartedly then it becomes easier.
“Every great change is preceded by
chaos” - Deepak Chopra
Before I went here, I had to undergo a
dutch language exam in the Dutch Embassy in Makati which fortunately I passed
with flying colors. I said that because I was able to answer 29 out
of the 30 questions about the history of the country and other
related subjects as well plus the tests on writing and speaking. I
studied hard and had to memorized the 100 questions from which the 30
questions were randomly picked. It was sort of a chaos considering
that I had to study dutch. If it was English then it won't be much of a
So I wasn't that unfamiliar with the
language but understanding and speaking it was another story. It was
for me (back then) very frustrating to the point of sometimes hating
it. It was good that almost everybody speaks English and when I can't
say something in dutch I shift to English immediately.
“Change is not pleasant, but change
is constant. Only when we change and grow, we'll see a world we never
know” - From the wisdom of the Orange Woodpecker
There were a lot of changes in my life
since that day (August 29, 2009) I stepped out of Schiphol
Aside from being with my husband
each day, meeting the whole family and new friends, getting familiar
with the surroundings, traveling, missing my family back home, the
adjustments I would say were not that easy but also not that
difficult . I was able to actually adapt to these changes with an
open mind and a willing heart.
Some of the changes
that took place during these years were passing 2 language examinations which made me understand and speak the language better. I was able to be employed before
my one year here. It was in August 6, 2010 when I was employed by a
nursing home in Cuijk which I decided to end in December last year
I was able to start my own massage
business (Feel N Heal Massage) in October 2014 and in January 2016
started renting a massage salon part time and in January 2017 until
now as my full time business.
There were a lot more but I mentioned
only a few because these were some of the most important changes
which challenged me as well.
“The secret to change is to focus all
of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new” -
Very soon we will be embracing new
changes in our life. It maybe difficult and challenging but it is
also exciting. There were times I can't help but to have feelings of
fear and doubt. We are only humans to feel that way but we have to
change it because if we don't it won't do us good at
all. It has to be changed into positive ones and hold onto it always.
“There are better things ahead than
any we may leave behind” – C.S Lewis
I'd like to think that it will all be for the better. Who knows what lies ahead out there.
Some people hates change, some people welcomes it. What can happen is
dependent upon the individual or the people accepting and embracing
these changes. I'd like to accept it with an open heart and mind and
expect for great things to unfold.
“Life is series of natural and
spontaneous changes. Don't resist them, it only creates sorrow. Let
reality be reality. Let things flow naturally in whatever way they
like” - Lao Tsu.
Have an open mind and a willing heart. Don't judge. Don't criticize. Don't regret. Don't
complain too much. Don't spread negativity. Support one another. Hold
on to the beautiful things that will happen. Trust yourself. Be
honest. Be truthful. Be a true friend. Be nice. Be good. Be kind. Be compassionate. Be humble. Be gentle. Be patient. Be loving. Be positive. Keep believing and have faith
that great things will unravel.
"God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith." - Joel 2:25
I have been jotting notes and ideas almost everyday. Experts say this is the best way to remember or retain those ideas that mostly popped up while you're busy doing something or other times when you are taking a shower.
What I am going to write today applies to all of us who sometimes undergoes trials, sufferings, predicaments or difficult situations and sometimes don't know what to do or having difficulty facing these problems.
I was about to take a shower before going to my salon this morning and suddenly it just popped up out of my brain and I had to write it.
Try to see the beauty in life.
Do not focus on things undesirable, situations that makes you sad.
Things of the past that makes you unhappy.
Look around you.
The people you love.
The place you live in.
And every material things you have.
You have more than enough to be happy and thankful.
If you are struggling with something like sickness,
a loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, a disability or anything that ma…
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