When you come across the word relaxation, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
Perhaps you’d think about having a relaxing body massage at the spa center your colleagues talked about one time and recommended you’d give it a try too. Or a one week vacation at a beautiful beach resort that’s far away from the city. It could also be a dinner date with your special someone in a romantic place that’s overlooking the city with its dancing lights under the night sky. Or a simple movie marathon at home with your family. Perhaps your idea of relaxation would be a simple night-long sleep without any distracting noise that could easily pull you out from your deep slumber. And the list goes on.
We are humans living in this world like animals living in the jungle – we struggle to survive. It is a normal thing then to consider that we work really hard every single day. Most often than not, we become too preoccupied and busy that we forget about granting our bodies what they deserve at the end of the day – rest. The sad thing here, however, is this: because of our attachment to meeting the worldly requirements, we tend to forget about the more meaningful things the world couldn’t even offer. So when we realize it’s time to pause for a while, we crave for our physical and emotional rest. Wait, what about the spiritual aspect?
I’m in the last year of my college years. A relief it may be for people who get to know of such, but for me and my lot, it’s NOT. Our last year is the worst of all, especially the first semester. Yes, time flies so fast, but time for us just seems to draaaaaag. Whatever hardwork we’ve invested during the four previous years, we have to quadruple such and turn it to our ‘most extreme hardestwork’. Yeah. Literally like that. As a consequence, our bodies, minds, and emotions are drained. So our ideas of relaxation?
- Food (a lot of foods, baby!)
- Beach resorts
- Party (even all night)
- Bed, oh bed
And just days ago, those ideas put us to shame.
Our batch went to a certain place on the mountain that overlooked the city. The place was one of the beautiful places I’ve been to. Perhaps, even the best. It’s beautiful not because of its mansion-like structure, but because of its wonderful ambiance. There was no pool, and there never will be. No disco lights. No TV/internet/gadgets. No hustle and bustle of the city. Plainly nothing to remind you of the city life. Just fresh air, and its wonderful and soul-refreshing ambiance. And it is in that beautiful place where we had the most meaningful moment of our lives.
Our brains were relaxed: we forgot about the dreaded exams, the failed subjects (I failed in 5 out of 8 subjects during the first quiz), and anything that’s related to school. Our grasp on essential things has become taut. Friends were sincerely thanked, sealed with tight hugs. Cheeks were wet with regretful tears as realizations hit right through each one’s heart. Forgiveness dominated over rage and pride. Tough hearts swelled. Individual views in life have changed for the better. Chastity was pledged. We had our first babies, too (we spiritually adopted babies who are at risk of being aborted). Life… was much more appreciated and will always be.
Above everything, our faith was strengthened.
So yeah, it was the relaxation we needed. It was the most meaningful one we had.
And it was when we found our one true love.
All this time, we pray and wait for our true love to come. But He has come even before we knew it. We have just been so attached to the world and so numb to recognize that it’s Him.
Our one true love is not the person in our dreams.
Because He loves us unconditionally.
And there is no greater love than His.
That… is TRUE LOVE.
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Before I finally end this post, let me share with you these two curt yet meaningful lines:
Let love and forgiveness live.
Let go and let God.
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