Of History, Gems, Rocks, Pebbles, and Life

On my way to work this morning, I felt like I owned the jeepney I rode in. There were only three persons there — the driver, the other passenger, and I. We passed by Barasoain Church and saw tour buses left and right. But, it’s only this morning that I noticed the beauty and value of this historic gem again. Imagine people from faraway towns taking their time just to visit this church while I just pass by it daily treating it just like any other structure in our city. Same old, same old.

Barasoain Church
Source: Wikipedia

“While it has been a temporary residence of General Aguinaldo, three major events in Philippine History happened in this church: the convening of the First Philippine Congress (September 15, 1898), the drafting of the Malolos Constitution (September 29, 1898 to January 21, 1899), and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic (January 23, 1899). By Presidential Decree No. 260, the church was proclaimed as a National Shrine by President Ferdinand Marcos on August 1, 1973.”

Because of the traffic, I got to gaze upon its beauty once again and came to a realization about my life’s gems. Every morning I would pass by this historic church and become too much used to seeing it that I forget to see its value. Although I always appreciate its beauty especially during Christmas time when it’s outlined and brightened up by lights, this church became too familiar. It became too common. It became just an ordinary sight to me.

In life, we often lose the spark, the enthusiasm, and the joy we have for things we used to value – of certain gems in our lives — our relationships, our spirituality, our careers, our hobbies and passions, our family, our friends, etc. We got so used to having them in our lives that we sometimes forget to appreciate and value them.

We forget to see the gems in our lives the way they are and instead see them like mere rocks and pebbles. Is it because they lost their shine? Or, is it because we just fail to acknowledge them as gems? They become too common that we take them for granted.

When work becomes too boring or too usual, look at the people around you who are in dire need of a job. When your love for your partner or spouse plateaus, remember the first time you realized you love them. When your hobbies and passions become a routine, step back and relive the excitement and joy you had when you first learned that hobby. When life seems to appear monotonous, step back and have your eyes checked.

It’s not that “gems” lose their shine. It’s just that our eyes got immune to their sparkle.

What gems are you taking for granted?

I pray that we never lose the spark and awe of the special “gems” in our lives. I pray that we always get to value the significant role these “gems” play in our life history.

Good night! 🙂
Pasyal tayo sa Barasoain next time ha! Tara! 🚲

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