Lady in the Forest 2

Lady in the Forest  © Jojie Alcantara

Lady in the Forest © Jojie Alcantara

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Continue reading

Never stop yourself from living

Fishermen at dawn  © Jojie Alcantara

Fishermen at dawn © Jojie Alcantara

“Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living.” ― Alysha Speer

Learning from another woman’s survival, and getting inspired with her story of pain and determination.
My prayers are with you.  Soar high, Robyn Lee.

Fishermen captured at sunrise in Whitesand Beach, San Ignacio, Manay, Davao Oriental  © Jojie Alcantara

Heavenly Lilies

Lilies in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato © Jojie Alcantara 2013

Lilies in Lake Sebu on a full moon © Jojie Alcantara

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” ― Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life of Water Continue reading

Promise Yourself

Sunrise in Cagwait by Jojie Alcantara

Sunrise in Cagwait © Jojie Alcantara

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

Self portrait, Beijing, China by Jojie Alcantara

Transient

Self portrait, Beijing, China by Jojie Alcantara

Self portrait by tripod and timer, Beijing, China by Jojie Alcantara, 2011

transient*

 We exist upon borrowed time.

Yours.

Mine.

Under moonlit dance sublime.

Wine.

Dine.

 Fleeting life, several chances.

Giddy pain.

Blissful romances.

 Rules evolve, merely broken.

Silent pleas

Guilt unspoken.

 We survive on lovers’ boon.

You the sun,

I the moon.

 Willed as cosmic order thrives,

You  set, I rise.

This love survives.

 Fragile, sacred, butterfly wings.

Blow thy kiss.

Seal my bliss.

 This lifespan is much too soon

For moments caught

In soft cocoon.

 Beyond the time we share today,

Like butterflies,

We fly away.


© Jojie Alcantara May 18, 2001

This was written for an ex-boyfriend who disappeared from my life (see date above) only to resurface two years later, expecting to reconnect with open arms in a guilt-free friendship. By then I had consciously transformed into the nomadic solo traveler and free spirit that I idolized in him, eventually sealing my closure and developing my self-reliance in the next years.  In retrospect, I had nothing to forgive, but everything to thank for, including the pain.

Footnote: Several years later, he finally said sorry.  It was the only thing I wanted to hear the most.

*transient. 1. a: passing especially quickly into and out of existence 2. not lasting, enduring, or permanent; transitory. 3. lasting only a short time; existing briefly; temporary: transient authority. 

Jojie Alcantara in Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand