This has to be smokin’ hot to get to this page (at least in my opinion, don’t argue).
(Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 17/10/2015)
“Everything you do along your journey contributes to where you’re going.” – Jen Sincero
That title, I am sure, got us straight to the jugular. I finally found the “main event” of my going to Iraq.
When the communications job was handed to me in almost a flash – while doing frenzied media interviews at the height of Typhoon Hagupit in Tacloban City in the Philippines on November 2014– I was clueless my life was going for that big U turn (and a massive screeching swerve!).
Maybe I was too busy on my headphone at that time talking of and monitoring the storm to wonder what on earth God was cooking up on something exciting. My work on emergencies is a series of non-stop roller coaster ride, what else is there surprising to anticipate? I was dead wrong!
You know that saying “God works in mysterious ways”? He kept doing that in my life I have resigned to the reality that instead of working against it, I’d sit back and relax, waiting how He will unfold his plans right in front of my sleep-wearied eyes.
He always does. He always made me laugh and say, “There you go – I can never ever outguess You!” And that’s so sweet of Him. For someone who is often wrangling with God to do it my own way, it’s a pleasure to be spoiled with His blessings, and His maximum tolerance.
So, my mantra was and is always this: The best is yet to come. Not so surprisingly, my sweet friend Yara Raad was His voice when she said the exact words during a wonderful dinner treat in Erbil. Oh well, if you know God better just like me – He always goes for the big time!
I am finally publishing my first book! A long overdue dream, honestly. I need to say this and make this public before I chicken out and change my mind. You won’t hear the car backing out from the driveway this time. Yes, and this is not just going after a dream. I owe it to myself to make it happen.
As Jen Sincero continues with a tone that sounds like an order to me, “Our fantasies are the most revealing peepholes into who we are and what we think is awesome. No matter how out-there and ridiculous they may seem, they mean something to us, and usually represent our biggest and best versions of ourselves.” Enough said.
I told Albert Yu once that I dream of my grandchildren saying to a bookworm seated next to them, “You know what, my grandma is the author of the book you’re reading.” And he shot back, “I think there is already a lot of good stuff your grandkids can say. The book is just one of the long list of accomplishments.” I am not too shy today to share this.
Our Istanbul holiday – a September delight – sealed the dream smack into reality (in a quaint tea shop overlooking the Bosphorus Strait, to be exact).
This first book, a collection of my stories, which will be released on home ground, will benefit a project for children with Cerebral Palsy in Koronadal City. It will be my first project before going for the second – and major – book project from Iraq.
Yes, I am certain this is one of the very special reasons God brought me here. A lot of my weekends got burned working on it – I can’t wait for it to go to print!
Can you please be sweet enough to wait for the book to be unveiled here? As they say it well in the movie theaters, coming soon!
PS: My special thanks to Albert Yu, Diwa Gacosta, Karen Rivera, Chris Lete and Janice Evidente. For varying reasons, you know why.
“It is a way we make a living, but it feels more like a responsibility, or a calling. It makes us happy, because it gives us purpose… And we also pay a steep price for this commitment.” – Lynsey Addario, war photographer in her book It’s What I do