Do not just sympathize with somebody in pain.
Learn to walk and understand their path and learn from their journey.
. . . how indeed can I talk about breaking the chain of violence
when I have never been raped, molested or abused?
How can I possibly know?
Because I walked a lot of painful paths with victims.
I cried and held their sobbing forms.
I wept for their broken dreams
and prayed with them for a better tomorrow.
One need not be broken to heal.
But one can heal the broken.
And the broken can recover and heal
and heal another.
It is a continuing journey.
But one must take the journey with them.
This tall fragrant tree greeting me at the mall
stand as witness to our healing journeys.
They wave good wishes and joyfully reach out
their slender limbs to connect.
There are no prodigal children.
There are no wayward souls.
When one leaves
the door remains open for their return.
I would like to bid adieu to one of my best mentors in business, Michael Alan Hamlin, whose quiet but inspiring ways had taught me to always strive for excellence and produce only excellent work and output. He died Saturday night and left his partner, wife and friend Monette and their beautiful children and one of the best events management companies in the Philippines, Team Asia, where I had my training in management and marketing. Michael will forever be remembered and his lessons etched in my mind and heart. Goodbye, Mike, and have a pain-free journey at last!
My unknown pink tree for Denise and TodaysFlowers
and for Beverly's PinkSaturday.