Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Man uses his own time, but time waits for no one.

Time moves inexorably on and on unmindful of the myriads of scenes
it passes through.
It does not stop or pause to even consider the most devastating
events that unfold as it goes along its way.
No one can stand the ravages of time.
Monuments and dreams crumble along its precise and unswerving
Kings and despots, rulers and monarchs, peasants and non entities
They all go down the sands of time when their alloted times have
run out.
Who can say, "I have conquered time?"
Who can say, "I have mastered its ways and unstoppable surge?"

When we were younger, it seemed that time was inexorably slow.
We wanted it to run faster as we eagerly anticipated adulthood.
As we grew older, we sensed that time was running so fast, we could
not keep pace with it.
We somehow prayed that it would slow down as we denied from our
minds our eventual demise.

What has been done cannot be undone.
What has been recorded in the sands of time can no longer
be erased.
And as we feel the vital energies being slowly drained from our
mortal bodies,
We take a final glimpse of the ravages of time and finally
acknowledge that,

Man uses his own time, but time waits for no one.

After Time - Cyndi Lauper


Octavian said...

Thank you for adding me. Yes, I am always willing to agree to disagree.

I am aware that though I try my best to be logically and objective in my decisions, it is never possible to be 100% sure of my correctness.

It is quite possible that I am wrong and your are right. Or perhaps I have some things correct, and you have some things correct. We might even both be totally wrong!

It is the open conversation that is important. I will always have things to learn from you. As I hope I will always have knowledge to offer you as well.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Octavian,
Thanks for visiting my blog and for keeping an open mind regarding our differences as far as beliefs and philosophies in life are concerned. I feel that we will not reach a consensus since we look at things from the opposite side of the spectrum. You are so engrossed in your rationality and thinking processes, I deal more on faith. I subscribe to the word of God as the embodiment of my reason for being. Oh, I was just like you before. I used to be a free thinker- not accepting things at their face value, but that led me nowhere. I always come to the point of asking myself, what if the Bible is true? Do I have to gamble my entire after life existence (yes, I always believed in an afterlife) by holding on to the rule of skepticism and proof of everything before I accept it as true?
Everything changed when I had a supernatural cleansing by the Holy Spirit. I became born again and since then I look to the word of God as the repository of my belief system. I will not elaborate further lest I be accused of converting somebody else to my faith. Suffice it to say that I am perfectly comfortable with my belief system now and I will live and die upholding them.

Thanks again for visiting my blog and I really do not know why God brought us together. For all its worth, God bless you with all His wisdom, grace, tender mercy, undying love and blessings.

HeiressChild said...

it takes courage and boldness to stand for what you believe, even when others don't see it. however, it's how those seeds are planted and watered upon. i'm the same way on my end; won't take down for anyone or anything for the Word of God. how can two walk together except they agree?

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Dear Heiresschild,
I'm so glad you're back. I terribly miss my usual blogmates. I'm so busy now after I joined the World United Bloggers. I felt that I must appear in a bigger forum to espouse my lifelong avocation in life. It's not easy though because I have to contend with myriads of different thoughts, beliefs, philosophies in life and political affiliations. I have to tread a balancing act between espousing my cherished mission in life and respecting other people's beliefs and sensibilities. I know God will guide me along that path. Thanks for your ever present support and prayers. My prayers go with you and all you aspirations and endeavors in life. God bless you with a discerning Spirit to separate the chaff from the grain and the wisdom to know which is which.

CapCity said...

Mel - thanx for the appreciation of my poems over at WUB. U have a beautiful family - what a blessing!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Capcity,
Thanks for visiting my blog and for the very nice comments you left behind. I will be linking with your blog and will be visiting it regularly. Thanks again. God bless.

alienkeren said...

lately I've been so busy and very often that I wish to have one day with more than 24 hours in it.
you're totally right. time waits for no one. at all.

Noushy Syah said...


It's true indeed,when I was a lil gurl, I remember how I wish my birthday at that time would be more than what I supposed to be..hehehhe,unlike now,though I'm still young but I haven't thought the way I was before when younger..hehehhe..

Octavian said...

I always try my best to accept the choices of others. Provided those choices do not compel one to harm myself or others.
Perhaps one of our differences is that I've never really believed in what could be considered the standard ideal of an "afterlife".
I remember when I was little listening to a song about Angels. And it was at that time in my life that I first realized in inevitability of my death. It was a terrifying experience. And yet, despite my exposure to religion, my fears were not eased. I cannot explain why.
It's been over a decade since that experience. And I've come to regard myself, life, and all things in a perpetual motion of transformation.
When I think of Religion, I tend towards the god of Spinoza.
I do, however, understand and respect your choices. Had circumstances been different I could very well feel almost exactly as you do now. Would I be wrong or right, better or worse off? I cannot say with certainty. I acknowledge that some faith underscores my decisions, as it does yours.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Dear Alien,
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your very kind comments. Time is what we make it. As they say, time is gold. Thanks again. Enjoy this time of your life. It will never come back again. Smile.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Dear Noushy,
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your very kind comments. Yes, there's a different appreciation of time with each different phases of our lives. What's important is that we use each moment of our lives as though they are precious gift of God to do something worthwhile for ourselves and for others. Cheers.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Octavian,
Thanks for always visiting my blog and for the thought provoking comments you always leave behind. I admit, its tough making a comment on your comments because they are so intelligent and as I said, thought provoking. I am trying to understand where you are coming from, although what I could gather about you at this point of our correspondence is that you are a thinking and reasoning person. No quarrel with that. But when you make thinking and rationalizing the focal point of your beliefs and philosophies in life, that's where we are different. You came to accept atheism as your main belief (I could not say religion, because religion connotes a belief in some deity) and philosophy in life through (I would conjecture) skepticism and rationalizing. Almost all people of the world believe in a deity (who created everything known and unknown to man) one way or the other. Only a few, and I emphasize the word- few, embrace atheism as their mode of belief and philosophy in life. And all religions of the world (or so I think) espouse the doctrine of an afterlife in one form or another.
It probably took a lot of thinking and rationalizing on your part for you to come up with the conclusion that there is no God and there is no afterlife. Fine. There's no quarrel with that. I hope you're satisfied with your philosophies in life. However, I could sense it in my spirit that you are not absolutely sure of your nonconformist view of life, that's why you still have to convince others as well as yourself as to the veracity of your different view of life.

As I said before, I hold on to the word of God and His divine promises as the epitome of my philosophy in life. If I may, let me quote some verses from the Bible, "the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight," "God chose the foolish things in this world to shame the wise, God chose the weak things in this world to shame the strong" "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path," and
finally, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths."

They sum up some of my beliefs and philosophies in life. I do not need to rationalize them because they are discerned through the spirit.
Thanks for the exchange of thoughts. And if you will permit me, God bless you with wisdom, the grace of God and His divine mercies and undying love. Greetings from the smiling people of the Philippines.

Emmyrose said...

Time is a luxury that we can never get back and it is something we waste a lot yet we regret when the time comes that we finally find its worth. God bless you! I'm praying for your wife and hopefully you could still have a wonderful white Christmas ;)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Thanks sis Emmyrose for visiting my blog and for your very considerate comments. Thanks for your prayers too. I hope both of us will have a blessed and joyous Christmas. Now, I can understand your feelings and that of miss kurdapya too. I'm also very lonely with the many problems we're facing now here in the Philippines and the situation of my wife in the States. I just hope and pray that things will be resolved soon through the grace of God. Thanks again and God bless you with His abundance of grace and blessings from His great storehouse of blessings.

miss kurdapya said...

thats why there's a saying that "time is gold" simple because, whatever time we've waisted, we could not have it back again..:) i think.. we should cherish every single seconds and minutes with our loveone, and don't let the day pass without saying how we love them so much..before its too late...and no more time to tell..

Arthur said...

Hi Mel, thanks for linking me to your blog and for joining my Hi-5 petition.

too bad there's no a reset button to go back through the time so we can repeat and do right what is wrong. But that teaches us not to make that mistake again.

Thanks for visiting me. Big greetings and big hugs

Sweet Dreams.

Gusthav said...

Thanks for linking me too.

I'd like to travel through the time, but if we can't do so, it's 'cause if we could, we'd do things to our self convenience.

Thanks for visiting me. Greetings and hugs

Nice Day.

Arthur & Gusthav said...

You can visit us in our shared blog. We'll link you too.

Huge greetings and huge hugs

Sweet Dreams and Nice Day.
Arthur & Gusthav

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Dear Miss Kurdapya,
How true! How true! We should strive to do the things we ought to do and say the things we ought to say before it becomes too late. Well said my dear friend. Thanks for the visit and the kind comments. God bless you with God's wisdom and love.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Arthur,
Thanks for visiting my blog also and for the intelligent comments. We all agree that we must use our time wisely. God bless. I will visit your blog always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Gusthav,
Thanks for visiting my blog too and for the wonderful comments. Yes, we must always strive to do all the things we must do immediately before it becomes too late. Thanks again and God bless you and your family too.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Arthur and Gusthav,
Yes I will be glad to link with your shared blog. I will visit your shared blog as soon as possible. And I intend to visit it regularly. God bless you both and your respective families.

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