Posted in Anything Under the Sun

Music is Life! 😉

Finally!!!

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This proves that my left hand is now okay. I’m so happy I can play my guitar again. Now, I can go back to learning new chords. This time I should be more determined to learn the hard ones. No more avoiding minor chords and bar chords.

Well, I’ll try! 😂

Actually, that reminds me that I also need to learn new songs. Any recommendations?

Posted in Beauties and Colors of Life, Expat Diary, First Times

Recovering

Exactly one month ago, I had to get stitches because I accidentally cut my hand with a broken glass. It was probably one of the dumbest things I ever did – opening a cracked glass water bottle.

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What was I thinking? I probably wasn’t thinking, that’s why. I was at a meeting for Culture Week. Someone accidentally tipped my water bottle over so it cracked. Well, I thought it was just a small crack. I didn’t realize that the part under the lid was already completely broken. I was having a conversation with people around me when out of the blue I picked up my water bottle and opened it. I don’t know why I did that. As I’ve said,  one of the dumbest decision ever.

When I saw the glass cut through my hand, a part of me wanted time to rewind so that it didn’t happen. The denial stage happened quickly. A part of me kept saying to myself – “that didn’t happen, that didn’t happen.” The scared part of me quickly removed the glass from the cut, put pressure using my right hand, and cried, “I don’t want to see blood, I don’t want to see blood.” Then I froze. I just stood there hoping it didn’t happen and repeatedly saying “I don’t want to see blood” until one of my colleagues wrapped her arms around me and said, “Let’s go see the nurse.” And the rest was history.

That accident caught me at the busiest time of the semester – Culture Week rehearsals, Culture Week 2018, Midterm exam, grading exams, working on the Gradebook, and a lot more. Having to function with one hand at the busiest time of the semester wasn’t fun at all. It was exhausting and frustrating most of the time. However, it taught me quite a lot. I found out many things that are difficult to do with just one hand, things that I can only do with both hands, and things that I can still do even with just one hand. These are things I didn’t really mind thinking about before. Well, have you? Sometimes, if not most of the time, we don’t realize how things are or can be until we experience them. I will talk more about these things in my next post, hopefully.

For now, I just want to share a little bit of why I was kind of “MIA” for the last month. Another first time in China. Oh, well. Accidents happen wherever we are. Thankfully, it’s healing now. And I think it’s healing well despite the fact that it got a little infected lately.

From this…

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And this…

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Now, I’m down to just this…

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Soon, it will be completely healed. I’m so looking forward to that day because I would be able to play my guitar again – one of the things I really miss doing.

Friends, allow me to end this post with a verse that became so real in those moments when I was struggling and feeling helpless. Romans 8:28 (NIV) says,

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Truly, God is able to make all things work for our good despite the difficult situation we are in. I hope I could find time soon to talk more about this.

So whatever situation you are in right now, just hold on tighter to God’s love and promises. If you are not seeing or experiencing the “good” in your situation yet, just keep living and moving on. Don’t stop. Keep moving forward. Don’t give up. Never give up!!!

Face each new dawn one day at a time trusting Him that He will see you through. On our own, we can do nothing. With HIM, all things are possible. So just continue to trust God and His wonderful plan for your life. Our circumstances change, they always will, but God DOESN’T. He is always faithful, always caring, always loving, always forgiving, always gracious and merciful, always present regardless of the situation we are in.

So, keep on pressing on. There’s more to life than the hardship you are in right now! Don’t let it stop you from growing, from improving, from achieving greater things.

And don’t forget, you’re NEVER alone!

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