Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Beautiful advice from a divorced man after 16 years of marriage

Posted by Lil' Sue at 8/21/2013 09:09:00 AM
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My advice after a divorce following 16 years of marriage, by Gerald Rogers.

Obviously, I’m not a relationship expert. But there’s something about my divorce being finalized this week that gives me perspective of things I wish I would have done different… After losing a woman that I loved, and a marriage of almost 16 years, here’s the advice I wish I would have had

1. Never stop courting. Never stop dating. NEVER EVER take that woman for granted. When you asked her to marry you, you promised to be that man that would OWN HER HEART and to fiercely protect it. This is the most important and sacred treasure you will ever be entrusted with. SHE CHOSE YOU. Never forget that, and NEVER GET LAZY in your love.

2. Protect your own heart. Just as you committed to being the protector of her heart, you must guard your own with the same vigilance. Love yourself fully, love the world openly, but there is a special place in your heart where no one must enter except for your wife. Keep that space always ready to receive her and invite her in, and refuse to let anyone or anything else enter there.

3. Fall in love over and over again.  You will constantly change. You’re not the same people you were when you got married, and in five years you will not be the same person you are today. Change will come, and in that you have to re-choose each other everyday. SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO STAY WITH YOU, and if you don’t take care of her heart, she may give that heart to someone else or seal you out completely, and you may never be able to get it back. Always fight to win her love just as you did when you were courting her.

4. Always see the best in her. Focus only on what you love. What you focus on will expand. If you focus on what bugs you, all you will see is reasons to be bugged. If you focus on what you love, you can’t help but be consumed by love. Focus to the point where you can no longer see anything but love, and you know without a doubt that you are the luckiest man on earth to be have this woman as your wife.

5. It’s not your job to change or fix her… your job is to love her as she is with no expectation of her ever changing. And if she changes, love what she becomes, whether it’s what you wanted or not.

6. Take full accountability for your own emotions: It’s not your wife’s job to make you happy, and she CAN’T make you sad. You are responsible for finding your own happiness, and through that your joy will spill over into your relationship and your love.

7. Never blame your wife if you get frustrated or angry at her, it is only because it is triggering something inside of YOU. They are YOUR emotions, and your responsibility. When you feel those feelings take time to get present and to look within and understand what it is inside of YOU that is asking to be healed. You were attracted to this woman because she was the person best suited to trigger all of your childhood wounds in the most painful way so that you could heal them… when you heal yourself, you will no longer be triggered by her, and you will wonder why you ever were.

8. Allow your woman to just be. When she’s sad or upset, it’s not your job to fix it, it’s your job to HOLD HER and let her know it’s ok. Let her know that you hear her, and that she’s important and that you are that pillar on which she can always lean. The feminine spirit is about change and emotion and like a storm her emotions will roll in and out, and as you remain strong and unjudging she will trust you and open her soul to you… DON’T RUN-AWAY WHEN SHE’S UPSET. Stand present and strong and let her know you aren’t going anywhere. Listen to what she is really saying behind the words and emotion.

9. Be silly… don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Laugh. And make her laugh. Laughter makes everything else easier.

10. Fill her soul everyday… learn her love languages and the specific ways that she feels important and validated and CHERISHED. Ask her to create a list of 10 THINGS that make her feel loved and memorize those things and make it a priority everyday to make her feel like a queen.

11. Be present. Give her not only your time, but your focus, your attention and your soul. Do whatever it takes to clear your head so that when you are with her you are fully WITH HER. Treat her as you would your most valuable client. She is.

12. Be willing to take her sexually, to carry her away in the power of your masculine presence, to consume her and devour her with your strength, and to penetrate her to the deepest levels of her soul. Let her melt into her feminine softness as she knows she can trust you fully.

13. Don’t be an idiot…. And don’t be afraid of being one either. You will make mistakes and so will she. Try not to make too big of mistakes, and learn from the ones you do make. You’re not supposed to be perfect, just try to not be too stupid.

14. Give her space… The woman is so good at giving and giving, and sometimes she will need to be reminded to take time to nurture herself. Sometimes she will need to fly from your branches to go and find what feeds her soul, and if you give her that space she will come back with new songs to sing…. (okay, getting a little too poetic here, but you get the point. Tell her to take time for herself, ESPECIALLY after you have kids. She needs that space to renew and get re-centered, and to find herself after she gets lost in serving you, the kids and the world.)

15. Be vulnerable… you don’t have to have it all together. Be willing to share your fears and feelings, and quick to acknowledge your mistakes.

16. Be fully transparent. If you want to have trust you must be willing to share EVERYTHING… Especially those things you don’t want to share. It takes courage to fully love, to fully open your heart and let her in when you don’t know i she will like what she finds… Part of that courage is allowing her to love you completely, your darkness as well as your light. DROP THE MASK… If you feel like you need to wear a mask around her, and show up perfect all the time, you will never experience the full dimension of what love can be.

17. Never stop growing together… The stagnant pond breeds malaria, the flowing stream is always fresh and cool. Atrophy is the natural process when you stop working a muscle, just as it is if you stop working on your relationship. Find common goals, dreams and visions to work towards.

18. Don’t worry about money. Money is a game, find ways to work together as a team to win it. It never helps when teammates fight. Figure out ways to leverage both persons strength to win.

19. Forgive immediately and focus on the future rather than carrying weight from the past. Don’t let your history hold you hostage. Holding onto past mistakes that either you or she makes, is like a heavy anchor to your marriage and will hold you back. FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM. Cut the anchor loose and always choose love.

20. Always choose love. ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE. In the end, this is the only advice you need. If this is the guiding principle through which all your choices is governed, there is nothing that will threaten the happiness of your marriage. Love will always endure.

In the end marriage isn’t about happily ever after. It’s about work. And a commitment to grow together and a willingness to continually invest in creating something that can endure eternity. Through that work, the happiness will come. Marriage is life, and it will bring ups and downs. Embracing all of the cycles and learning to learn from and love each experience will bring the strength and perspective to keep building, one brick at a time.
These are lessons I learned the hard way. These are lessons I learned too late. But these are lessons I am learning and committed in carrying forward. Truth is, I loved being married, and in time, I will get married again, and when I do, I will build it with a foundation that will endure any storm and any amount of time.

If you are reading this and find wisdom in my pain, share it those those young husbands whose hearts are still full of hope, and with those couples you may know who may have forgotten how to love. One of those men may be like I was, and in these hard earned lessons perhaps something will awaken in him and he will learn to be the man his lady has been waiting for.

MEN- THIS IS YOUR CHARGE: Commit to being an EPIC LOVER. There is no greater challenge, and no greater prize. Your woman deserves that from. Be the type of husband your wife can’t help but brag about

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ki TimbokTinggur Bulawan

Posted by Lil' Sue at 8/20/2013 03:15:00 PM
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Timpak oku lo’d tuod-tuod
Ko impa ku mitatabang
Intutunai ku e yaadi' ku
Ki timbok tinggur bulawan

Momorilik i’d tidong-tidong
Mitatabang kanou koinsanai
Insikitai ku ti norilik
Pamalangga dahai tasakan

Silau-silau lo tadau
Mongiduang di ti arai ku
Kada koruyou arai
Inggaa o’ maan ya sondihon

Surut-surut kou no arai
Surut no om intua kou noh
Oonsi-oonsi kou noh uaa
Oonsi kou ti ginawo ya...

PS: This song is very meaningful...made me yearn to come back home and my childhood moment....

Timpak - to stand on or to sit on a thing which could be a stone, a stump etc, normally to elevate/lift/position him/herself for wider view of the surrounding, or just to get higher (level) from the others ... oku - 'me', l'od - 'at' or 'there' ... or 'on' ..., tuod-tuod - 'stump' ... So, 'Timpak oku lo'd tuod-tuod' means 'I stand on a stump' ...

Ko impa - I look upon, ku - me, mitatabang - community mutual aid/ similar with 'gotong-royong' ... I look upon a community mutual aid, err ... *is this correct?

Intutunai - I recognize, adi - sister, 'adi' could also means brother, but in this case, it's sister .. I recognize my sister ...

Ki timbok tinggur bulawan - Ki - 'with', timbok tinggur bulawan - a thick, blunt needle or a long pin used to fasten women's hair which is shaped like a bun.

Momorilik i'd tidong-tidong ... momorilik - to clear/cut/chop small trees/shrubs/small plants by machete or other tools with hands ... i'd - at, tidong-tidong - hill slopes ...

Mitatabang kanou koinsanai - Let's us all do 'gotong royong' ...

Insikitai ku ti norilik - insikitai - make fire, ti - this, norilik - those chopped/cleared trees ... I make fire on this chopped trees ... not exactly but close in meaning ...

Pamalangga dahai tasakan - pamalangga - clear, dahai - us, tasakan - planting, especially hill paddy ... To clear the ground for paddy planting ...

Silau-silau lo tadau - silau - bright, lo - that, tadau - sun ... The sun was bright ...

Mogiduang ti arai ku - Honestly I don't really know whether I got the right word or I just don't know the translation of mogiduang ... ti - this, arai - short form of 'parai', which means paddy ...

Kada koruyou arai - kada - don't, kou - you all, riou - dry, die, arai - paddy ... Don't die paddy ...

Inggaa o' maan ya sondihon ... Inggaa - nada, nothing, none ... o' maan - have .. ya - short form of yahai - us, sondihon - lean on, live on, rely on ... We'll have nothing to live on ...

Surut-surut kou no arai - surut - grow well, fine, good ... kou - you all ... arai - paddy ... Grow well, paddy ...

Surut no om intua kou noh ... intua - fruiting ... Grow well and be fruitful ...

Oonsi-oonsi kou noh uaa ... Oonsi - fruitful, fertile ... uaa - fruits ...

Oonsikou ti ginawo ya ... We are thankful for this...

I took this translation from another blogger with little enhancement and modification to the meaning...
I thought that my Dusun was so BAD but I think it is quite ok...It is just I didnt get a chance to practice in my daily life...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Eidul Fitr Reflection

Posted by Lil' Sue at 8/15/2013 11:41:00 PM
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My Raya celebration this year is getting duller. Deep down inside, i guess i know why this is happening. This strengthen the reason why i need to find job overseas. I am fully aware the importance of living within your means. But I think it is not wrong to desire for better living and lifestyle. Since I am not attached to anyone, this will make things easier. Being at home for several days made my head feels like exploding ..and the hunger  for permanent solution. 

I am flattered when my dear friend gives me this remark ' come on sue, you are too cute to be single'. It was funny though when she is trying to hook me up with her friend. I am not so excited bout this but I appreciate her effort. I guess she is on holidays for too long since she has time to think about me this much ^^!

Tomorrow I will be flying back to Labuan.. I have two days to set up my mind to the post- raya and be back to work.

Dear god, please help me to be better in my judgement. Insya Allah

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