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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Life according to Mary Alice Young

At the start of the week, I watched the second season finale of Desperate Housewives. It was 2 episodes worth and it was a thrilling end to a generally boring season, hehe. Nevertheless, the wisdom of the late Mary Alice Young has never been better. I guess, when someone's already dead, it is then when we learn a lot more about life. =p So I thought I'd share some meaningful words that Mary Alice say at the end of every episode in Season 1. I'll post the Seasons 2 quotes next time. I hope you pick up a lesson or two from these -- because I sure did. It's what I like the most about the series -- many times, it makes me see things in life in a different but better way.

Nothing is forever. The time will come when we must say goodbye to the world we knew, goodbye to everything we had taken for granted, goodbye to those we thought would never abandon us. And when these changes finally do occur, when the familiar has departed and the unfamiliar has taken its place. All any of us can really do is to say hello and welcome."

"Marriage is a simple concept. Basically, it’s a contract between two people and binds them together for life, in the hopes that they can live happily ever after. The vow is simple really, those who take it, promises to stay together for better or worse, for richer or for poorer in sickness and in health, to honor and to cherish, forsaking all others until death do us part. Yes, the vow is simple, finding someone worthy of such a promise is the hard part. But if we can, that’s when we begin to live happily ever after."

"Life is a journey one that much better traveled with a companion by our side. Sometimes, we lose our companions along the way and then the journey becomes unbearable. You see, human beings are designed for many things, but loneliness isn't one of them."

"Children come into the world with agendas – some to brighten our days, some to test our patience, some to give us purpose, some to take care of us. Yes, when they come, children change everything, especially when they're not invited."

"It is often that good news travels fast, but we all know that bad news, moves quite a bit faster. Yes, everyone loves a scandal, no matter how big or how small. After all, what could be more entertaining than watching the downfall of the high and mighty? What could be more amusing than the public exposure of hypocritical sinners? And if for some reason, you're not enjoying the latest one, the next one is always around the corner."

"Each new morning brings with it a new set of lies – little white lies, told not to hurt but to make life more pleasant. They tell these lies to protect themselves and their reputation. Of course, every now and then, someone finally decides to tell the truth. The worst lies are the ones we tell ourselves before we go to sleep. We whisper them in the dark telling ourselves we’re happy, or that we can change, or that other people will change their mind. We persuade ourselves we can live with our sins. Yes, each night before we fall asleep we lie to ourselves in a desperate, desperate hope that come morning, it will all come true."

"It’s impossible to grasp just how powerful love is. It can sustain us through trying times or motivate us to make extraordinary sacrifices. It can force decent men to commit the darkest deeds or compel ordinary women to search for hidden truths. And long after we’re gone, love remains burned into our memories. We all search for love. But some of us, after we found it, wish we hadn’t."

"Even the most responsible among us have mistakes in their past -- mistakes they’d like to forget, mistakes that sometimes come back to haunt them. Sooner or later, time will come that we must become responsible adults, and learn to give what we won't so we can choose what is right. Of course, a lifetime of responsibility isn't always easy. And as the years go on, it’s a burden that can become too heavy for some to bear. But still we try to do what is best, what is good, not only for ourselves but for those we love."

"We are all searching for someone, that special person, who will provide what’s missing in our lives -- One who can offer companionship, assistance or security. And sometimes when we can search very hard who can provide us with all three. Yes, we are all searching for someone. And if we can't find them we can only pray they find us."

"Trust is a fragile thing. Once burned, it affords us tremendous freedom. But once trust is lost, it can be impossible to recover. Of course, the truth is, we never know whom we can trust. Those we’re closest to can betray us, and total strangers can come to our rescue. In the end, most people decide to trust only themselves. It really is the simplest way to keep from getting burned."

"People are complicated creatures. On the one hand, capable of great acts of charity, and on the other, capable of the most underhanded forms of betrayal. It’s a constant battle that rages within all of us, between the better angels of our nature and the temptations of our inner demons. And sometimes, the only way to ward off the darkness is to shine the light of compassion."

"There is a widely read book that tells us everyone is a sinner. Of course, not everyone feels guilt over the bad things they do. In contrast, there are those who seem to take more than their share of the blame. There are others who soothe their consciences with small acts of kindness or by telling themselves their sins are justified. Finally, there are the ones who simply vow to do better next time and pray for forgiveness. Sometimes, their prayers are answered."

"Competition – it means different things to different people. But whether it’s a friendly rivalry or a fight until the end, the results are the same, there will be winners and there will be losers. Of course the trick is, to know which battles to fight. You see, no victory comes without a price."

"The search for power begins when we’re quite young. As children we’re taught that the power of good triumphs over the power of evil. But as we grow older, we learn that things aren’t that simple. Traces of evil always remain."

THIS DAY IN 2005: it's the first day of enrollment at UPD! I ended the tiring day of pilahan, sikskan and kunsumisyon that is typical of UPD enlisment by watching MADAGASCAR with my high school friend / fresh graduate (at that time) Kiks. We also had dinner at Wendy's, kasi may discount card siya doon, hehe.. =p

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