11 November 2009

Stories and Thank Yous.


During my birthday weekend in Batangas, my friends and I had the chance to talk, really talk, about our lives (past and present). That moment made me realize that there are still many things to discover about people, even our closest friends. Sometimes, we are stuck in a single story about them. We label or judge or put them in a box or category just because we know this single or certain story about them.

But each of us are made of many stories. Stories that helped shape who we are.

I found this beautiful video about The Danger of a Single Story. I invite you to watch it. For many of us, perhaps, it will affirm what we already know. And for others, it will open minds.

I will always be grateful for that moment in Batangas. It's not always easy to open up, or listen without judgment. Or to embrace each other in total acceptance. Friendship is a long journey of CONSTANT nurturing, and it is blessing enough to find people who are willing to spend time to nurture their friendships with you.

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I have the sweetest friends, I think I already said that before. Yes, I have.

I wish I could share with you the lovely ecards T and Sher made for me, and all the birthday wishes my friends left me. But it's in FB. If you are on my contacts list, check it out on my wall. Thank you, T and Sher. And to all the sweet souls who remembered.

I posted these heartwarming blog links before, but let me post them again. Thank you
Malou, Chelo, Jane, and Aileen.

Pat, Chichi, and Kaith wrote the sweetest lines, too. Thank you, Pat, Chi, and Kaith! *sniff*

And again, thank you for the emails and calls and text messages and gifts. The is full.

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JoPiE November 12, 2009 at 2:59 AM  

ai, first of all, happy birthday again! every time your birthday rolls around, i really feel the love your family and friends have for you! they are lucky to have you in their lives, and you are lucky too to have them. :-)

i watched the video, ai. what chimamanda said is true. "The single story creates stereotypes. And the problem with stereotypes is not that they're untrue, but that they are incomplete." very very inspiring, ai. thank you so much for sharing!

Aileen Siroy November 12, 2009 at 6:01 AM  

JoPiE November 12, 2009 2:59 AM
ai, first of all, happy birthday again! every time your birthday rolls around, i really feel the love your family and friends have for you! they are lucky to have you in their lives, and you are lucky too to have them. :-)

i watched the video, ai. what chimamanda said is true. "The single story creates stereotypes. And the problem with stereotypes is not that they're untrue, but that they are incomplete." very very inspiring, ai. thank you so much for sharing!

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Thank you, Jops. I am very lucky I have friends who really go out of their way to make me feel loved. =)

I'm glad you found the video inspiring. I was inspired by it. It's so true, that we all have so many stories that make up who we are. =)

Janette November 12, 2009 at 9:58 PM  

Very inspiring video...I will definitely pass this on.

Funny, when we first came here, my co-workers often asked me questions like what's my native name, how did I learn to speak english and if we eat fried chicken :D it was both funny and annoying. Yet like them, I am guilty as charged of having a single story of the each one of them. I had to change that mentality.

Thanks for sharing this, Ai.

Aileen Siroy November 13, 2009 at 11:21 PM  

Janette said...
Very inspiring video...I will definitely pass this on.

Funny, when we first came here, my co-workers often asked me questions like what's my native name, how did I learn to speak english and if we eat fried chicken :D it was both funny and annoying. Yet like them, I am guilty as charged of having a single story of the each one of them. I had to change that mentality.

Thanks for sharing this, Ai.

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I particularly got amused by the 'fried chicken' question. =) You are right, it's our mentality/view about people and the world we need to change.

Thank you for passing on the video, Jan. =)

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