Here we go-SWPP Countdown – “Dual Citizenship”


As we begin any day, we also begin another attempt at making do with what must be done. This is more intense when you become a senior citizen.

This is Day 3 of SWPP – how to keep it up even when you are retired and a senior citizen! Yes, this “dual citizenship” of sort brings you to a state of life that will test you faith and patience. Why?

Time catches up with whatever you are doing. When this happens you have to accept it for after all there is no way to go around it. Every person grows old but while its physical aspect is easily seen, other aspects like psychological and spiritual vary very widely between and among people. The more you balance all the aspects that go with growing old, the easier it is to go on with life without fear.

“Dual citizenship” really refers to a loose representation of being a citizen of one’s country and then being a person who reaches 60 and above. It is a loving and lighthearted way to describe an older person who has reached a stage in life when moving about does not come very easily anymore. Some easily get sick while others maintain a lifestyle that is more sports minded thereby staying more healthy and active.

Thus, here we go, “dual citizen” or not, we are challenged to go on with our roles in life. This is the slice of the world picture you have attained. Life to the fullest!




Slice of World Picture Project, Day 2 (hereon with acronym, SWPP)

Friday came, June 23, 2017  and what a day! They say the world is round and this observation alone is used to symbolize the ups and downs of life. Since roundness depicts “eternity” so many look at today’s events in this sense.

An Otto Warmbier died last Monday and now he is buried. How the family manages the pain and unfathomable story why a healthy young man has his future before him all in high gear then all of a sudden, is stricken by sickness nobody can understand and now is back to the arms of his family, only to lose him. . . a cycle of injustice that needs restitution, but how?

Look around you and what do we see? different ways of coping with the trials of life. So many bills to pay yet we are never satisfied with the services given to us. We work in order to earn but our needs are never met. So how do we accept the slice of world picture this Day 2? May I suggest the following:

  1. Count your blessings always. Never take for granted the kindness given to you especially by your loved ones;
  2. “Pay forward in some way” because it is the path to manifest gratitude for everything that comes your way;
  3. Plant whatever seedling you have access to. The happiness of seeing the fruit or vegetable is beyond words;
  4. Exercise and reflect and if possible- say a decade of the rosary or whatever prayer you can readily say;
  5. Avail of the tv especially cable tv to see the world right there in your living room and offer positive vibes to as many; and
  6. Begin and end with prayer to your God.

Slice of the world picture project: day one

As one grows older, there is a hunger borne out of one’s experiences especially those which are painfully and unbearably against one’s value system. Partly to blame (or thank) is the onset of cable experience. You just have to sit in front of the tv and surf through the channels.

Going through the tv channels, like CNN which I really religiously follow, you become aware of what is happening to the other side of the world. After hours of watching, your senses tell you the world is the same in some areas: violence is real; poverty is present even in the so-called first world (since there are second and third worlds!); war is everywhere we need not wait for World War III; sprinkling of brotherhood and sisterhood among peoples; signs of love and peace regardless of race and status in life.

So let us do this project. Allow this move to present slices of the world picture, one day at a time.