Daily Archives: June 19, 2013

The Traditional Favorite

I remember a TV commercial of a spaghetti.
On that commercial there was a kid saying the line “Birthday ko ngayon” all the time.
The moment he wakes up he says it.
He greets anyone he meets and says the line after the greeting.
The line was a source of inspiration for him through out the day.
It is the thought behind his smiles and the secret of his energy.
Such enthusiasm he displays and his joy was just contagious.
Spaghetti has always been the trend of every filipino birthday.
Wherever there is spaghetti you would automatically ask , “whose birthday is it today?”
I remember the days back then when everyone is just excited to attend a birthday party and the main thing they would always expect is the spaghetti.
But I wonder how time has changed now.
I wonder how you celebrate your birthday and what you think about having a spaghetti on your birthday.
Do you have that contentment or are you wanting to see more on the table?
Could you smile all day and speak about how happy you are on your birthday?
I think birthdays are better in the older days.
It wasn’t about the food on the table.
It was primarily about the celebrant and his/her gratefulness that he/she is alive and is surrounded by people who loves and stick with him/her.
To belittle spaghetti is to miss the point of the party.
It’s the people that completes the party.
Discontentment over a spaghetti is a mark of being unhappy.
Perhaps you’re just not happy and thinks that extravagance could fill your lonely soul.
Or could it be that the world’s influence has put pressure on you that you should have a party that everyone would envy.
You pout before your parents demanding a fabulous party simply because you don’t want your pride getting hurt.
I long to see a party with only spaghetti and people are just talking and laughing.
Let’s bring back the old days when people are happier and life is simpler.
Come on. Think again. What really makes you happy?

Philippians 4:11-12

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 Not that I speak [a]from want, for I have learned to be [b]content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.