Thursday, January 1, 2009

Vanity and Flattery- Strange Bedfellows

Have you not noticed how some people crave so much for human attention and recognition? It is as though they live for the world alone. They shout their accomplishments for everybody to hear. They are like parading generals with so many medals bedecked on their uniforms. It does not matter whether they feel extreme discomfort because of the heavy load on their chest. They are like the peacock who strut the full spectrum of its fabulous feathers for the whole world to see. And what is usually the bedfellow of vanity? Yes, flattery, tons of it. A vain person never recognizes a spurious compliment from hollow flatterers. There are so many vain people in the blog world and there are also an abundance of those who indulge in empty flatteries. Pardon the expression, but it sickens one's soul to read about them. The vain person will write and boast of all of the outstanding things he does- from the mundane to the banal, and myriads of readers lap them up with catch phrases and coined responses without actually reading the whole post. I know from the comments made on my posts who read them and who did not. Some will mention about the title. Others will compliment about the picture. Still others will make a comment that is totally out of place with the article. But I have seen worse comments on other blogs like: nice post, great article, keep it up, miss you terribly sweetheart, exciting, I love your dress, etc., etc. Well, as they say- misery loves company. It's just pathetic to see them pat each other's back and really enjoy the emptiness of it all. Well, some people just love flatteries- pure and simple.

Epilogue: My readers may be suprised by the tone of this article which is a far cry from my articles of positive thoughts and general wellbeing. Probably, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed when I wrote this post. Hehehe *lol* I apologize if I rankled anybody's sensibilities with this post. It was never meant to disparage anybody. They are just my two cents worth of opinion on things I see. Hey, it's still a beautiful world and a wonderful life out there. God bless you all.

Top of The World - The Carpenters

Tags: Vanity, Flattery, Strange Bedfellows, Vain People, Flatterers, Self Love, Self Esteem, Self Aggrandizement, Egotism, Narcissism, Beautiful People, On Top of The World, Rich and Famous, The Elite, Fabulous, Worldly

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Yes, There Are Still Angels In The Internet

Despite the growing cynicism of the times where people tend to be more greedy and avaricious; despite the widespread distrust of man against his fellowmen; despite the turbulent situation of the world's economy; yes, and despite the coldness of man against his fellowmen, it is heartwarming to note that, yes, there are still angels in the internet. No, it is not the winged kind with glowing halos on their head. These are faceless angels I have met in the internet in the course of my blogging activities. It just so happened that I made an innocent comment in one of the post of a Christian blogger friend from the Philippines about how the verse she posted- Proverbs 3: 5-6 ("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."), came to me like a sudden burst of spring shower in the desert land I was in, facing a financially gloomy Christmas. She asked for my paypal account address. I said no, she needed the money herself because of a very recent and expensive major operation of her mother. But she insisted and I finally consented. Yesterday she deposited a generous amount to my account. It was heaven sent and what could I say but thanked the Lord for the generosity of this lady angel. I will not mention her name lest a beeline of opportunist bloggers come knocking at her door. Suffice it to say that I prayed hard for her that the Lord will return back to her a thousand fold what she gave me.

Another blogging friend from Canada who is suffering from multiple debilitating and painful diseases offered to send me a custom built cane that functions as a seat as well. I gently declined the offer, citing her own need for the medicine and treatment cost of her diseases and the exorbitant cost of shipping it from Canada. I can't believe that there are still people out there whose hearts are gold and still beating with love and tenderness for their fellowmen. May your tribe increase. Yes Virginia, there are still angels in the internet.

Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Angels, Internet, Blogging, Heart of Gold, Uplifting, Feel Good, Good Samaritan, Generosity, Blessings, Philippines, Canada, Disease, Healing, Faith, Love, Joy, Peace

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
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