November 21, 2008

Ode to Life

Dear Life,

You've been bad! That overused cliches' "this is life", it's life!" just don't cut it! You haven't been good with us lately. Economy's downfall is not entirely your fault but hey, guess what, you're connected to it whichever way you look at it. Your name flashes like a neon light and everyone points their finger at you. Yes, life, you are partly to be blame for all these. Because this is THE LIFE. This is how you made it to be. You make us suffer, you make us triumphant and then again, you make everything pleasant when you want it to be.

At this point, you gave my family a survivor challenge! A challenge to withstand the test of time and faith. Ah Life, you are so cruel sometimes! You took away my hubby's job. You forced my company to scale down my job to part time and now our belts are tighter than it has ever been, it is so hard to breathe!

But then, yes Life, we have to go on...This challenge, should we chose to accept and finish it, we'll either give us the triumph of joy or despair for not even trying. Either way, we'll be a better person, stronger and definitely sensible or yes, Life, if we don't gather our strength, wits and courage together, it will drive us to insanity, depression or worst, a sad and painful death!

Yes Life, Thank you for all the lessons learnt. Thank you for all the challenges met. Thank you for all the joys, sorrow, happiness and pleasure you granted us. Our journey with you will never end until that very day we learn our lessons well and we breath our last breath...

Until then, take us where we need to be and give us what we deserve. Like they say "You, Life, is what we make it" ....

Life is What we make it
-Edgar Guest - poet

Life is a jest;
Take the delight of it.
Laughter is best;
Sing through the night of it.
Swiftly the tear
And the hurt and the ache of it
Find us down here;
Life must be what we make of it.

Life is a song;
Dance to the thrill of it.
Grief's hours are long,
And cold is the chill of it.
Joy is man's need;
Let us smile for the sake of it.
This be our creed:
Life must be what we make of it.

Life is a soul;
The virtue and vice of it,
Strife for a goal,
And man's strength is the price of it.
Your life and mine,
The bare bread and the cake of it
End in this line:
Life must be what we make of it.

This letter is part of Secret in the Sauce Happy Link up Friday featuring "Open letters". Visit SITS for more.


  1. Nice to meet you...enjoyed your take on "life". Stopping by through SITS...take care!

  2. You are so right! Life can be so cruel! (another cliche, I'm afraid). But you are also right in that it is challenging and makes us who we are. great post!

  3. great letter to life! :) cheers!

    p.s. love your name! how cool!

  4. at least you guys have each other c: keep up the good fight sis c:

  5. Hi Cris, thanks for dropping by and comment. Gee! Your poem is right. I will be seeing you soon, just few minutes..I 'll be in your doorstep. he he he..Wow! you are in Charlotte, NC. you must be living close to the uNiversity that I love so much. I been to NC in Franklin. Your NC is really beautiful in Fall. Sooo beautiful

  6. HI Cris, thanks for dropping by and comment. gee! Your poem is really true...I drop by soon..Have a great day in NC

  7. Cris, thsi is the third time attempt to post comment..its not working...

  8. I s that your own picture? It looks like some pictures I took in Japan.

  9. Great post Maricris! After all that's Life. Well..what's good about Life is, it is just temporary...right? The real Life is up in Heaven.

    Thank you for your visit on my site...and thank you for your comments, I appreciate it.

    Twerlermz' blog

  10. I love this poem and enjoyed your post. I felt uplifted somehow!

  11. the greatest challenge of all time:( but can be a good opportunity, a chance for greater freedom....
    great poem, gurl!

  12. such a nice letter and i loved the photo - thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a nice note!

  13. I really really enjoyed your letter Zen ;) Thank you for writing so honestkly and simply. Be back later....

  14. Great post! Life is sooo rough on us all sometimes isn't it? Have a great weekend. :) Jamie

  15. that's a beautiful poem. i hope things start looking up for you soon.

    thanks for stopping by my blog, i hope to see you again soon!

  16. Well said! I know exactly how you feel! :) *hugs*

  17. Life is what we make it, we can make it so much better if we try. Life has it's turning point and downfall, but we are the essence of life so all we can say is, life must go on, no matter what.

  18. Thanks for visting my blog... Just finished reading yours; VERY well said! I feel ya!

  19. Life is crazy weird isn't it....we have to pay attention and learn the lessons before they are lost...the hard ones are always the worst...but they are so worth living through to get to the easy ones....the fun of life...never comes easy....good post!! :)

  20. i kno exactly what ur going through right now ... my hubby also got sacked last month ... i also had a scare when my employer announced downsizing a couple of weeks ago, luckily i escaped the death sentence (well, it felt like it during the announcement day) ... but in spite of life's ups and downs, there is always a rainbow in the end of the storm ... so, just keep on going ... and good luck on your journey :)


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