something more

I took this picture early this afternoon today.  Sunday.  It was raining.

Surrounded by gray and dark areas, the baby plant that sprouted from the cracks of the pavement outside our house is to me a miracle. How is it possible that a soil found underneath the crack of the cement could produce a tiny green plant when we didn’t even bury a seed there?

You know, there is an advice columnist that I always look forward to reading every Sunday in Philippine Daily Inquirer.  And she has been giving advice for confused people for more than ten years already. Her name is Emily Marcelo. I find her to be witty and straight to the point when giving advice.  Her honesty also makes her funny because there is so much truth in what she says without being offensive.  I also find her to be poetic when writing down her thoughts about a person’s problem. What follows was her advice to a guy who wants to move on from a breakup.

Trying to forget her now—right this minute—is like asking a baby not to cry! Emotions are not like faucets that you can turn on and off.  But you are on the right path.  You’ve already accepted that she’s not available to you for the long run.

Now, open your heart to other possibilities. Take solace in the thought that nature does not allow a vacuum.  Weeds and grasses sprout to cover empty spaces.  Hobbies, recreation, and good friends can help fill an empty heart. 

You can’t move forward if you keep looking back.  If your heart was awakened once, trust in the universe that another will come your way. 

You lost a love that wasn’t meant to be.  Just you wait patiently.

Emily said, “Nature does not allow a vacuum.  Weeds and grasses sprout to cover empty spaces.  Hobbies, recreation, and good friends can help fill an empty heart.”  You know, I truly believe in this. And that green plant that appeared out of nowhere under the cracks of the pavement is the perfect proof of this.

Whenever I feel lonely, I always make a conscious effort to remember Emily’s advice. To remind myself that life has so much to offer. Because while there is sorrow, there are miracles of life to marvel about.

Now this also reminds of a quote by Ala Paredes.

There are so many new things just raring to come into your life as soon as you make space for them by throwing out all the junk you’ve been holding on to.  Somebody once told me that as a rule of nature, a void cannot exist as the environment around it will always rush in to fill it.  She said that the same holds true for life.  Always, there will be something more.  Always.

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