April fools III


(The PMAyers’ Version)

It was the setting sun of my last day.

Alfred Kenneth Tingabngab III And yet I felt a renewed hope and comfort that everything will be alright.

Victor Abat and my retirement life begins…

 

 Teo Dorico wondering what tomorrow will bring…

 

 Leopoldo Aliac Hopeless promises, yet life must go on….

 

 Samuel-Babette Marquez Narcise I thank Thee for all!

 

Nick Pongos This is but just a start.
dan,mel&jim  And the realization came like thundering hooves that surrender was not the answer. That life was not for the taking but for giving. That in the coming darkness, rest and peace and quiet would be a God-given bliss.
I realized that my sunset would be another’s sunrise. That to fall meant to rise again. That breathing was as natural as the wind, as endless as the fields of grass.
I realized that kindness was what man was born with and that evil and madness were man-made. And that power and fame would crush the very people who sought and lived for them.
I realized that the challenges and tests and tempests I had to endure were part of the whole deal and that life was not all about glory and mirth. That a man could only be stronger through failures and pain.
I realized that the loneliest were those who disassociated themselves from the rest because of vanity, distrust and false sense of superiority. And that the happiest were the ones like polished river stones enjoyed the rushing waters and the poetry of the shifting tides.
I gazed at the setting sun in tribute to the day passed. To honor the past was to live the present. The future mattered only to dreams and aspirations. It could be a long night of darkness and silence. Of uncertainty and doubt. Of questions and unfathomable answers.
But there would be the morning with the same sun and the chance to live a life most worthwhile.
With that, I closed my eyes with God.
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About danmeljim

Dan Jimenez was the Editor in Chief of The Corps Magazine from 1976 to 1977. After graduation, he never abandoned his ideas and continued writing. On October 1983, as a young Navy Lieutenant, he wrote an open letter addressed to Salvador Laurel who was then a leader of the opposition against President Marcos. It was published by almost all the dailies and earned for him the commendation of PMAAA, Inc. He immigrated to the US in 1986 but continued to write about the country of his birth. He has defended the Philippine Military Academy against claims of it being a Philippine Monetary Academy and a corrupt institution. Very recently, he posted commendation of Gen Bato de la Rosa and castigation of Senator Sonny Trillanes, which went viral. He continues to believe that "Ideas must reign supreme because personalities and individuals are as fleeting as the seasons." Always a plebe in his thinking, he will live by the adage: "The greatest failure is that never attempted."
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2 Responses to April fools III

  1. Mariano R. Santiago says:

    Congratulations and thank you, Dan, for this very good project!

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