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Hello everyone,

I decided to ditch tumblr (twas fun while it lasted) as I feel WordPress will have so much more to offer as to how I can customize my blog. I desire to be more consistent in how often I post as I seem to post once every blue moon, which is the hallmark of a failed blogger. Writing is a personal passion of mine and because it has been so long, I feel I should strengthen and sharpen that passion by continuing to write. So here we go in round two of what I hope will be a awesome blog that everyone will enjoy and appreciate!

-Eddie

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Counting your blessings

Hello everyone!  It has been well over a year since my last entry… what a load of fail!  At any rate, I am feeling very pensive and contemplative at the moment so I have decided to take advantage and try to write something thoughtful.

So, with Thanksgiving just around the corner (a day of mass food coma), I thought it would be fun to discuss just some of the things in my life that I am very thankful for. To make this post more readable, I will list the things I am thankful for and provide a detailed explanation for what each blessing means to me.  Here we go!

I am thankful for…

1. My Family

For me, this is probably the #1 thing I am most thankful for (hopefully it is yours as well).  I have two very wonderful, awesome parents who work their bones off day and night so that they could provide me a life they never had growing up.  Sacrificing everything they had in Korea and starting with nothing, they have taught me the value of hard work and perseverance, something I try to carry with me at all times.  Most importantly, they are always nurturing me spiritually, always pushing and raising me to be a powerful man of God.  I mean honestly, what more can you ask for?   I am forever grateful Mom and Dad, I love you! 🙂

Of course, I can’t forget my sister and my brother in law.  They are two individuals who have made the biggest impact in my life.  My sister, who is my biggest critic, is a wise owl and because of her, I have been saved from myself many times.  Always saying it like it is, she is never afraid to give someone a butt whooping if necessary.  Her strength and wisdom is very inspiring, love you sis!

Kevin, my awesome brother in law!  He was there for me in my toughest hours and in the last couple of years, took me under his wing where I have learned oh so much.  A true gentlemen, he defined for me what it means to be a Christian and how to live a Christ-centered life, always leading by example rather than by words. I can write a book about the things I have learned from this man, but I would say this was the most important.  Thank you Kevin, for being the awesome brother I never had, love you man!

2. My Friends

I have had the fortune of being surrounded by some great people who I could always confide in.  Friendship is something very dear to me and something I constantly try not to take for granted.  In particular, I have had a friend who I have known for nearly half my life; we went through so much together, good and bad.  With so many memories, I feel so blessed that our friendship has stood the test of time.  You know who you are man, you are the best sir!

3. Being able to work

I don’t think I need to explain too much about this one.  As redundant as it is, times are tough and sometimes you just have to take what you can get.  I was lucky enough to find a job after undergrad and am even luckier because I get to work alongside with some of the greatest human beings you will ever meet.  Never will you find a place with such quality people.  I hope to continue working with these folks as long as possible.

4. Receiving a quality education

My time in college was most certainly some of the best times in my life.  Even better was my time with some of the most greatest history professors life has to offer.  They constantly pushed me, challenging me to take my learning to new heights.  I remember those good old days I would procrastinate, writing a 25 page paper 2 days before it was due (don’t worry, I passed :P).  Although painful at times, it was those moments of just constant studying and researching that strengthened my passion for writing and history.  My hope is to take this passion to the next level and pursue a career that will be personally fulfilling.

5. My Struggles

Wait, you must be thinking I’m some kind of crazy masochist but I assure you it’s not like that!  Even though sometimes unpleasant things have happened in my life, I have always managed to overcome those challenges and become stronger than ever.  I firmly believe that while life is a joy, it is also a struggle.  However, I like to flip this around and try to find joy in adversity.

There was this one time I was being tutored in geometry and for the life of me I could not solve a problem.  I was visibly frustrated but my tutor kept pushing me and with enough persistence I solved it.  Afterwards, he would tell me, “You were able to solve this problem because you struggled.  It is only by struggling we are able to learn.” I remembered these words 7 years later and it still rings true.  There is no substitute for experience than through calamity.  Just think about all the times you have suffered and see where you are at now, and I’m quite sure you will be able to look back at it with a more mature/calm perspective compared to time while it was happening.

Conclusion

So in retrospect, I think this just about sums about what I am thankful for and why. I have other things in mind but these five things to me are the most profound.  As redundant and obvious as it is, I am a very fortunate individual.  How can I show my gratitude without words? I firmly believe one good turn deserves another, so my goal is to share my blessings with others in hopes that I can positively impact their lives.  This quote by John F. Kennedy comes to mind:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

At any rate, I hope you have all enjoyed my long tirade although I guess a year of not blogging constitutes a post of this magnitude.   Please comment and I would love to hear what you are most thankful for!  Have a great Thanksgiving, don’t go too crazy on the food or trample people on Black Friday!

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Dealing with the Storm that is Love

Hello everybody! Its been quite awhile since I last posted; I forgot I even had a blog! Anyhow, this will be my first actual post about a topic and I’m excited to begin what will hopefully be a productive study of the world we live in. So I’ll be jumping right into it.

Love.  A complicated topic indeed.  Many of us have received it, or have given it to someone ourselves.   In any case, love can be discussed in the context of our family and friends but that’s not what I want to focus on.  Rather, I want to talk about the aspect of love that relates to the context of the significant other that we all seek.

Growing up, most of us have experienced what it was like having a crush.  You know, the whole “Hey, this person is pretty/handsome” thing.  A crush generally occurs when you are physically attracted to someone.  For the most part, a crush is pretty superficial.  However, it is the first step that can lead to something bigger and much more powerful.  After realizing you have a crush, you want to get to know that person better and see if they really are worth your time.  It is during this time when a crush can evolve into love and once that happens, everything gets much more complicated.

Being in love can drive you nuts.  It can affect your mood and feelings. A simple conversation can make your day.   Also, it can be a motivator to spice up your appearance.  I’ve heard and seen people try to lose weight, wear fancier clothes, and change hairstyles.  You might also go out of your way to try and impress them with the skills you have, such as playing piano (Some girls do seem to dig that). In general, all you care about is wanting to be with that person and have them acknowledge you.  You want them to see you as flawless, hoping that they’ll deem you worthy of their love.  There are many more things I could mention about the effects of love, but I think I’ve covered enough of the general traits.

This is the power of love folks, pretty powerful stuff.  I’ll admit, I’m guilty of doing some of those things.  I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with trying to impress, it’s just human nature.  But here’s why it might hurt later on.

Now, love can prevail and all the effort you took will have paid off, good for you! However, there are times when everything can completely backfire.  Your person of interest simply just may not love you back, no matter how much effort you’ve put into trying to earn their love.   It is here where your heart can be broken.  The more you invest your heart into something, the more pain you’ll feel if it rejects you.  In this case, you’ve invested so much time in trying to earn somebody’s love that you’re devastated once you realize it was all for naught.

You want answers, so you either blame yourself or the person of interest.  Let me just say, don’t do either! Unless you’re some kind of psychopath, don’t blame yourself because you did everything you could possibly do and the situation was just beyond your control.  There’s nothing to be ashamed of at this point.  And most certainly, don’t blame the other person because you can’t force them to return your feelings. It’s very unfortunate when things work out in this manner.  But this is simply a sign.  How?  Simply, it just means it is not meant to be.  We can fervently deny it, but those are just the facts.

Now, to prevent my post from sounding even more depressing than it is, let me just inject a bit of optimism.  The way I see it, we shouldn’t always be caught up in trying to impress and earn someone’s love, for they should also actively be trying to earn yours.  What I mean by this is, find someone that is worthy of YOUR love.   The reason you got rejected could possibly be that they may not have liked a certain aspect about you (Bad teeth, short, fat, not funny, arrogant, too nice, etc.)  But these imperfections are what make us who we are as individuals.  The one that accepts you for all your unique imperfections physically and mentally IS the one that is deserving of you.

This quote by philosopher Sam Keen is a personal favorite of mine which I used for the speech during my sister’s wedding:

“Love isn’t finding a perfect person.  It’s seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”

This post is for anyone who is struggling with the pain of love and rejection and trust me, I’ve been there at one point.  I can’t say I know what love is like because everyone’s experience is different, but this is  my take based on what I’ve seen and personally experienced.   In conclusion, for those dealing with this kind of pain, time is the best healer.  Persevere because this experience will make you stronger and in time, you’ll find the right person.  Don’t rush!

Props and Kudos to those who actually read the whole freakin thing, you guys are awesome.  Have a good week everybody!

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Trying out this whole blog thing…

Hello readers or should I say, hello to me since it’s unlikely that anyone will actually read this but myself.  Anyhow, I decided to try this out after seeing a couple of my friends try it out and some have very enlightening and fun to read posts.  Just for future reference, this will not be my “diary” where I’ll b**** and moan daily about how crappy my life is, but rather, a blog about my insights and opinions concerning the things I’ve heard, seen, or experienced in life. Maybe I’ll slightly complain about the topic at hand, but I will keep the whining down to a minimum.

I’ll be blogging about what I do every second of my life because after all, I’m sure you guys desperately want to know what I’m going eat for breakfast or when I’ll go to sleep tonight. No, seriously though, you won’t see any of that.  So sorry to disappoint any potential stalkers ;). 

I can’t believe I’m actually blogging;  I’m usually the quiet guy who keeps to himself.  Hopefully I’ll be able to post something intelligent and thought provoking.  My objective here is not to offend or make a mockery of someone’s belief; rather, my goal is to express my insights without a condescending attitude.  My posts will be in good taste and I will always maintain an open mind, even if I might not change my mind right away.

The point is, I believe in looking at both sides of the spectrum even though I’ll admit I myself don’t do this at times.  (I know, I’m a hypocrite but I’m working on it!)  Don’t worry though, I’ll keep a balance between serious/lighthearted posts; there will be more on the lighthearted side because I don’t want to depress anybody.

Anyhow, there’s my little preface to a blog that will hopefully have an abundance of fun and interesting posts.  And please, comment!  I would love feedback whether it is positive or negative, as I believe your comments will help me strengthen my writing as well as educate me further because I still have much to learn.  I really look forward to this blog, because believe it or not, I do enjoy writing (I’m insane right?)

With all that being said, I just want to say thanks for reading and bearing with such a boring intro.  I promise my next post will be more readable.  Until then, take care!

-Eddie

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2010 in Uncategorized