Keep Calm and Carry On

In the 1930s, the British Government released this poster to keep their citizens calm and hopeful when the Second World War was just about to begin. The message was very simple but sometimes simple is all we need to get through each day.  It could be a sickness, a broken heart, a deadbeat job, or a financial crisis.. each of us have our own wars to face, so KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON my brothers!:)

I’ve received emails from people I’ve never ever met in my entire life, yet they have opened up their hearts to me and I feel so blessed by their honesty and humility. I can’t sleep because I’m still fighting my jet lag, so I thought this would be the perfect time to write an open letter to all of you out there who may be going through a rough time.  I feel sorry for taking forever to write a decent post about this..but the time I spent alone in the past month made me compose all my thoughts and today I have this burning desire to share it with everyone. Are you ready for the emo volcano that’s about to explode?? Ngayon lang ako magiging senti, consider this a historical event! Mark it!

I may be a kengkoy goofball on most days, but I’ve had my share of disappointments and heartaches too like most of you. I do thank the Lord though for giving me my humor (whether it’s good humor or corny humor, that my dear readers is for you to decide!)..it has become my personal coping mechanism. My friends are always puzzled by this and they just think I’m weird..hehehe. I guess I’m built this way. :) But I admit, I’ve had those dark days in the past also..when you can’t even find the strength to muster a decent smile..or when you feel like laying in bed to be alone with your thoughts all day..NO chocolate bar could make me happy..kahit Lindt Pistachio pa! Yes, it was that BAD. But it was during this time of emotional emptiness that I found myself slowly being filled with God’s love and grace. You see, I was never really religious and for some time my faith took the backseat, yet even though I was so unfaithful to God..HE remained steadfast and faithful to me. Now, I ask you..how can you NOT love a God like that?!

I always try to remain grateful. I find that this humility is what you need to make you enjoy life more. I look at my life now and I say THANK YOU to the BIG MAN up there for every little thing. I look at my ulam and I say THANK YOU dahil masarap at walang kamatis! I look at my legs in the morning and say THANK YOU dahil gumana yung Off lotion at hindi ako kinagat ng lamok kagabi. I look at my parents and I say THANK YOU for making them happily in love after all these years. I look at Ateneo and say THANK YOU for making it the BEST school! Hahaha! (Ateneo haters, whattup?!) I look at my best friends and I say THANK YOU for making them talk some sense into me pag medyo tinotopak ako. I look at this fella with a scruffy beard and a baseball cap and I say THANK YOU that God has good taste, hahaha!

I know it seems odd to be thankful when your whole world is crumbling down, but give it a try..you will find that there will always be MORE things to be grateful for. This conscious effort to be more grateful started exactly 3 days after our first date. We barely knew each other, still in our pa-cute phase kung saan pinopormahan palang nya ako at nagpapakipot pa ako kuno..hehehe. I already knew from the start that I liked him, but I was still guarding my heart because I was deeply hurt in the past.. I wanted to make sure I was giving my heart to someone who would really take care of it this time.  While talking on the phone, we just randomly decided to end our conversation with a short prayer before hitting the sack. So we did. It was awkward at first because I never REALLY prayed with anyone else (well, except my folks..and this was when I was still a little girl!) but it felt good. The following night, before we said our goodbyes..we prayed again. And we’ve been praying together every night since then. Kahit magkagalit kami, we still stick to our promise and pray..and thank God for each other kahit may konting kurot ng tampo! Ang hirap, tsong! Hahaha! But surprisingly after we pray, nawawala na yung tampuhan namin :) Our prayers are really simple and honestly, very mundane. But I guess that’s how God wants it. And it’s one of my favorite activities ever! Some of you may think it’s corny, but that’s how we roll. hehehe :)

I’m not one to impose my beliefs on anyone..you are entitled to your own opinion and free to worship or to not worship as you please. Maybe you don’t believe in the church as an institution and maybe you have something far more logical to throw at me..that’s perfectly fine. Hey, I catch your drift.. religion COULD BE the opium of the masses. But I’m not talking about religion, I’m talking about FAITH. Maybe I’ve been drinking the kool aid and have gone completely bonkers here, but I’d like to believe that this is real. When you’ve fallen in love with God, there really is no way you can deny it! It’s just way too personal for you to even question.It’s still an ongoing process for me.. I’m a work in progress. I have a looooooong way to go! Ang dami ko pang kailangan ayusin sa sarili ko. Sometimes I worry that I’m far too jaded and damaged to be loved by God, but you know what…he’s a God of second, third, fourth chances and will take you in any shape and condition!:) So allow him to surprise you and sweep you off your feet.

Let me leave you with this song by Robin. He wrote this song for his cousin and a dear friend of mine, Michelle :) I hope this song speaks to your heart too. :)

36 Responses to Keep Calm and Carry On

  1. Hi Patty,

    I’ve been a follower of your blog for over a year now and I’ve always admired the wittiness in your writing and travel posts insightful. With that said, I found this post so appropriate with what I’m going through. So, with that I say thanks. Keep up the good work :)

  2. awww.. :) Like you, magulo din ang buhay ko ngayon (or should I say na ako lang yung magulo? hehe).. and this blog post you made is exactly what I NEEDED to realize. Thank You Ms. Patty! This is worth reading kahit 5am pa lang ngayon. hehe.

    I look at you and I say THANK YOU dahil may DAPATTYLAUREL na nagiinspire sa amin! :)

    Much Love, Bea :)

  3. This was so touching. I badly needed to hear this soooo para di ko makalimutan ang iyong suppah wise words i bookmarked this page. I’d like to use your words to guide me and remind me of how great our Father is and all that he bestowed upon us.

  4. im going through this rough time right now and how timely your post is. thanks patty for sharing your thoughts.. made me realize i just have to come back to Him and i”ll be fine. God bless you :)

  5. Awww.. Thank you for sharing this. I am soo deeply touched by this blog you made. I can relate to all of what you’ve said. And truly, God is the greatest lover and provider. We can never out-give Him. Whenever I feel so down and broken, I just look up and pray. Then everything seems so clear. May you write and share more of your blogs/letters. God bless us always! :D

  6. I was about to close my TweetDeck and leave for work but I read your twit about your blog post. I was compelled to read it first. Now I know why I read it. True, God sends messages in different ways. I was asking for a sign if I will continue hoping for something I’ve been waiting and praying for for the longest time. Your blog post was a form of inspiration to me. I consider it a sign. :)

    “Sometimes I worry that I’m far too jaded and damaged to be loved by God, but you know what…he’s a God of second, third, fourth chances and will take you in any shape and condition!:) So allow him to surprise you and sweep you off your feet.” :))) True!

  7. Well said Patty.quite inspiring.. been reading your blogs lately. and guess how i found it haha.. anyway im now a big fan of yours and your blog posts. Like you I also love love to travel. keep it up patty! Good luck and God bless!

    – Chams

  8. It has been eight mos. since he broke up with me, the pain hasn’t changed but this week, God made me realized it’s time to love myself more and stop being miserable. After all the harsh words he said to me the other day…for putting all the blame on me and for making me feel guilty when all i did was shower him with loyalty and love- it’s time to let go…I deserve better…There’s more to life than heartaches. So yeah, be grateful…Keep Calm and Carry On.

    -@ilovetet-

  9. Amen.

    I’m, like, super proud to be your friend right now. :) This is one of your best posts by far. We have an awesome God indeed, and when we feel like we least deserve it, He always comes through for us and even gives us more than we could ever hope for or imagine. Keep writing and inspiring! You are truly blessed to be a blessing. :)

  10. this post of yours really made me cry not because i’m just too emotional but i’m having a heavy heart right now. it is indeed true that prayer is the answer for everything….

  11. Galing! Thank you Ms. Patty Laurel, You may not know me at all but you inspire me to continue life kahit sang batallion na ang problema ko ngayon with this open letter / blog of yours. You’re very intelligent and a witty person based dito sa blog site niyo po – siguro ang sarap niyo pong maging Best Friend.. your friends & loved ones are sooo bless and to have you in their lives.. i’ll continue to follow you on twitter and read ur blog.. (fan niyo na po talaga ako pramis!) hehehe..
    May God Continue to shower you with tons of blessings in life & career.. Thank you..Ü

  12. Like you, I write most of the time about the travels and happy things. But what most people don’t know is that I write a lot of sentimental things, though I am just so scared to post it. If u have not noticed it, (i hope you already did) I have been commenting your posts ever since i have found your site interesting… Thanks for sharing though. =)

  13. aww. Patty this is so inspring. Im going through a tough time lately and reading this post makes my faith more sturdy as a brick. :)

    I am close to tears reading this and somehow Im ending the day feeling good.

    thanks for inspiring random people like us. YOU make us feel special. GOD BLESS YOU MORE as always. :)

    ann

  14. it’s such an interesting and inspiring read. it’s quite moving..just exactly what i needed to hear. i am a work in progress too..i can totally relate! keep writing wonderful thoughts! :)

  15. such an interesting and inspiring read. it’s quite moving..just exactly what i needed to hear. i am a work in progress too..i can totally relate! keep writing wonderful thoughts! :)

  16. thank you Ms. Patty for sharing this very inspirational message! You are really so great as always! you may not know me pero kaibigan mo ako..at sila..GOD was so amazing! Take care..Bless you always..

  17. Hello Patty! I’ve been an avid reader of your blog since 2007. You’re so funnnyyyyy, witty and actually, you are in my inspiration when it comes to traveling. I’ve learned a lot from you. :)

    This post is really inspiring. Indeed, Keep Calm and… Chos! Hahahaha =)

    All the best, Patty! :D

  18. “Sometimes I worry that I’m far too jaded and damaged to be loved by God, but you know what…he’s a God of second, third, fourth chances and will take you in any shape and condition! ”

    I like that line . Nakaka guilty in a way beacause in my case , most of the time , i put GOD last on my priorities. Well , this post reminds me again na oops, dont feel guilty, ano man ang ginawa mo in the past , GOD is there to forgive us.

    God Bless Patty

  19. Hi Patty!

    This post is very inspiring. I just wanted to share that having someone who will inspire you to pray and put God in your relationship is great :) I met my boyfriend through a church event, after years of praying to God for someone who HE thinks is perfect for me to come just when HE thinks I am ready, and since my guy and I were both discovering … really discovering God for the first time, we grew closer together. Now, we’re married and I know that it was God’s will. I feel confident in my choice of life partner kasi paminsan pag feeling ko ayaw ko na munang magdasal, he will encourage me to pray and I do the same to him too.

    So, to you and yours, I pray that you both will continue to put God in the middle. And I promise you, your relationship will be better than either of you expected.

    God Bless you. :)

    -Tynee, VA, USA

  20. Thanks Patty for sharing your thought. I remember my heartache before and all i did was to activate my faith and lean on Him. True enough, God lead me on the right person who will love me for who I am.

    More power Patty and God bless! :)

  21. Hello Patty :)

    This post really struck me especially the part when you shared about your prayer habits with your S.O. Sapul ako dun hehehe… Would like to adapt that with me my fiance, too.

    God bless, Patty!

  22. Funny coz i found your article before i shut down my pc and yes im in pain right now and looking for something inspiring before i sleep. Then i found this article. Tnx patty! :) keep it up!

  23. I LOVE THIS BLOGPOST. :) made me realize BIG things. :) thank you.

    will forever be a pattylaurel fan!!!!!!!!!!!!! =))))

  24. Your blog is amazing. I started following this site in 2011 (it was still dapattylaurel.blogspot.com back then) and from time to time, I’d go back to your posts that I have read before to get some inspiration, feel motivated, and just get some injections of positivity when things get a bit tough. Parang lahat kami at certain seasons of our lives makaka-relate sa entries mo. I normally look like, “Anong year na nga ba yung post nyang tungkol sa blah blah… Ah mai-google na nga lang *typing ‘pattylaurel we prayed goodbye’* ah here found it!” hahaha! True story! Just a few key words that I remember from the post and voila! Buti may Google!

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