Category Archives: 3 kaleidoscope

discover prompt : tempo

He finds it annoying, embarrassing, and amusing, all at the same time, that I couldn’t move to the beat! He just laughs it off and still does the workout with me. He doesn’t mind.

Just like all the times.

I may have been offbeat, out-of-tune, and even off-topic. But because he simply wants to share anything he finds interesting, this boy just lovingly laughs. No, not at me… rather, with me.

We play music and sing old and new songs. We watch his favorite TV series or YouTubers channels. We discuss the new content on his game or the fiction he’s writing. We practice painting and drawing.

Sometimes I like the new things he shows me, sometimes I don’t get it. It’s fine with him for we have our own rhythm.

his
mine

discover prompt : instrument

This is where they realize that everything matters… because everything is matter.

photo by Ken Kabashima

Anticipation, fear, curiosity, excitement, confusion, awe, insecurity. They may be overwhelmed with mixed emotions as they put on their white coat. One thing is for sure though, they never get enough.

This is where they want to be careful because they’ve realized that every little thing they do matters. If they want to investigate and explore, they know that they would have to do it right.

When colors change, bubbles rise, and odors spread, it leads them to ask so many hows and whys. As they learn to figure these out on their own, they realize what matters most.

In the end, everything makes sense. Better yet, if they don’t. Either way, they will definitely want to come again tomorrow. So will I.


discover prompt: three


found

There was where I found myself.

In that place, I can be me.
I am not she.
I am not theirs.

Only when I am there, am I.


for what we have and don’t have

We don’t realize how blessed we are until we understand how much we have.

We focus too much on things that we believe we should have that we take for granted those that we already do.

We go on complaining about not being able to go out, to go where we need to go, to go where we want to go.
But we never considered how others are forced to go out, out there, where it’s not safe.
We can’t go to work, when others don’t have time to rest and have to keep on working.

We get bored of having to eat the same kind of food because we used to be able to go and buy what we craved for.
Others go hungry waiting to be given food packs while some don’t receive any at all.

We say we miss hanging out with friends, and missed the chance of traveling during summer. Others can’t go home to their families, stuck in far away cities,
alone and afraid, not knowing when they would get a chance to go home, definitely not soon.

It’s really hot here but rain will come in a few weeks, then it will be raining for the three months. We complain about mosquitos all the time, when they have locusts in other countries.

I’ve heard people say that they shouldn’t be less miserable just because others have bigger problems. They argue that we should not be concerned about others’ misery.

If we could truly understood what others are going through, maybe, just maybe, we would somehow be grateful that we are in a better situation.  Only then, can we appreciate what we have, and what we don’t have.


i don’t have to

Or I could decide I won’t.

I eat when you’re hungry.

I stop talking when I have to listen to you.
I answer when you need to know something.
I don’t argue when you believe you’re right.
I hurry when you want it right away.
I wait when you’re not done.
I do it when you want me to.

I have to because it pleases you.

But.
No.

I don’t have to.
Because I don’t have to.

So I won’t.


fixed

when what you fix fixes you

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, so I heard somewhere.

Then, there’s this tendency to fix something– at least thinking it does need fixing, regardless if it’s broken or not. It’s not because of the intention to help, but because of the need to feel needed.

So, what have you been fixing lately?


what is enough

watercolor and doodles 002

what is enough depends on me.