I have my elementary friends; my high school friends; my college friends; my Bio friends; my PMS friends; my UPCYM/CRL friends; my friends from various companies I worked with and so forth.
The way I divided my friendship circles is by the time in my life where I met them. Some people divide their friends by the interests they share i.e. movie friends, flow arts friends, travel buddies, etc.
Yesterday, I learned I was part of the “serious” friends of a certain someone. This friend of mine had friends for fun, friends for silliness, friends for non-serious matters and eventually friends for serious stuff.
I don’t really know if it’s a correct label – if I should be offended or be thankful. I don’t think I totally agree with labeling friendships in terms of types of fun level. Does it mean then that serious friends cannot be fun and fun friends cannot be serious? Doesn’t that make the relationships stifling?
I spend serious and light moments with my college friends. I have fun and serious discussions with my UPCYM-CRL friends. My house buddies can both be silly and serious when the situation calls for it.
We all have our own ways of categorizing our friends. For some, it’s as simple as close friends vs acquaintances with close friends sharing everything in their lives and acquaintances being just there in the sidelines.
With the kind of personality I have, I tend to amass friendships from every single point in my journey through life. The number of people I’m close with is countless, but then I’m close with them – sharing my entire life story – only for the moment that we have shared experiences. Once each of us move on to our different life paths, although communication remains mainly thanks to Facebook, the closeness becomes a memory of the past. But I’m glad to know that these friends I have from different circles are both fun, silly and serious when the situation calls for it.
I guess I’m just sad to know that the person I’m projecting will form a huge part of my life in the foreseeable future sees me as nothing more than just a “serious” friend.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weakness but we have one who has been tempted in every way just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Jesus understands what we went through and what we are going through. He became fully human so that we may be able to relate to Him and see how it is possible to overcome our obstacles through his grace and power.
Because of Jesus we can approach God’s presence with confidence and know that He can use our mistakes in the past for good and be assured that our future is secure in His hands.
In the face of trials and challenges, despite the myriad of national issues and political uncertainties, there is a truth we can cling to — the promises of Jesus as is written in the Bible. It is the source of our hope and peace that everything is in control – not ours, but His.
Today I am reminded to always rejoice in the Lord no matter the circumstances.
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle on the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18
v19 “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He enables me to go on the heights.“
Lord, give me hind’s feet that I may not stand still in the face of terror but rather I may walk and make progress through my suffering, trouble, responsibility and anything else trying to hold me back.
I didn’t expect to have any adventure this weekend but it turned to be another adventure-filled day. It all began when my sister invited me to the Human Nature MTO (Magalogue Turn-over). Since I was free in the morning, I obliged and we travelled the xx-kilometer stretch from our home to Human Nature’s main branch in Commonwealth. It was my first time to visit the place and the first time to attend an MTO. I felt proud seeing this home-grown Philippine brand become big and introduce products that can really compete with the big global brands. What’s even more interesting is that they are not your traditional capitalist company but a social enterprise which employs farmers, GK communities and other marginalized groups in the country. Products are all organic and beneficial to the body and the environment. Seeing the main branch, my commitment to Buy Pinoy was renewed.
After the MTO, my sister had to go to Papelmeroti in Don Roces to donate her hair. Her hair was once really long and when she had it cut, she intended to donate her locks. Again, I opted to go with her since she’s not familiar with the area and might get lost. Since it was right where Fisher Mall was, I told her that we can drop by the mall and have our lunch there. Fisher Mall is a relatively new mall in the area. For me it’s new because it was inexistent when I was in college and frequented the area. We did not know what to expect having visited the mall for the first time.
It was a great thing though that there was this giant billboard of Pedro N’ Choi – the concept restaurant by Shamcey Supsup-Lee and her husband, Lloyd Lee. It was actually a side ad that we noticed which reminded me of what I saw in TV a long, long time ago. I remembered that Shamcey had a really cool restaurant inside that mall.
And so, without actually knowing the name of the resto, my sister and I began our “adventure”. We found the resto located on the 3rd floor (which felt like the 4th floor to us). Immediately we knew we were in the right place because it was jampacked from outside.
There was a receptionist and we had to line up to be seated. Good thing it was more than an hour after noon so the crowd, although still sizable, was significantly less had it been noon time. We were quickly seated and what we first noticed was the overload of décor in the resto. We didn’t feel like we were in a mall. It felt like we were transported to some kalye in a bustling Pinoy town. The main interior of the resto had a kalye vibe during fiesta. There was a huge jeepney which I remembered from the TV interview was an actual jeep. The table we were first seated in had board games such as Snakes and Ladder Pinoy Style.