Friday, October 5, 2007

What Have You Learned Today?

Coming home from my usual nightcap/gimmick, it struck me for the first time how the message of this billboard, which I normally pass but take for granted, actually made sense. The billboard was that of Penshoppe and featured the rock band, Bamboo. The copy went, "What have you learned today?"

It got me thinking.

Everyday we live our lives going through the grind - we wake up, have breakfast, go to work, come home, and sleep, and do the same things over the next day. But do we stop and ask what we learn each day from our interactions with people, from our introspections, from what we read in books, what we see on television?

I certainly do not. At least not on a daily basis.

Most times, I get caught up in the most trivial things and end up not gaining anything at all from all the effort that I put into work and relationships. I often do not realize that from the conversations I engage in, from the emails and text messages that I read and respond to, from the littlest and most trivial things that happen throughout the day, I can learn a thing or two.

The truth is I do not realize how much life really has to offer. The little nuggets of wisdom are there right in front of me all the time, just waiting to be picked and kept in the treasury of my life.

So what have I learned today?

I learned that life is grossly underrated. There is simply so much to learn, and so much to enjoy in my life. What I have is really all I need. I do not lack. Value in things, after all, is really not a measure of size or quantity, but a measure of the worth I give things. Love was never really absent. I just never gave that much worth to the love I already get.


  1. what have i learned today?


    love is really my greatest strength... it makes me see the beauty from what is ugly...

  2. buti na lang love is blind, hehe. cliche diba? sabi nga ng friend ko, if it's a cliche it must be true.


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Where there's water and sun, where there are friends to see or new people to meet, where there's something new to learn, experience, or do, where there's life, there I will be.


Y fue a esa edad... Llegó la poesía
a buscarme. No sé, no sé de dónde
salió, de invierno o río.
No sé cómo ni cuándo,
no, no eran voces, no eran
palabras, ni silencio,
pero desde una calle me llamaba,
desde las ramas de la noche,
de pronto entre los otros,
entre fuegos violentos
o regresando solo,
allí estaba sin rostro
y me tocaba.

And it was at that age... Poetry arrived
in search of me. I do not know, I do not know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I do not know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

- An excerpt from LA POESÍA (Poetry) by Pablo Neruda