Apr 5, 2013
Abundance and Letting Go
Psyching Up to Leave
After 2 months, whatever I started here in Cagayan de Oro has been finished or at least can stand on its own. I've accomplished a lot. I've worked nearly 12-hour days since I got here, even burning the midnight candle during the Holy Week when I should be finding time for a much needed break. With no loose ends left, it's usually time for me to go. I would do this dance in some new place, all over again.
A few days before my hotel stay was to run out, and after completing and taking my web projects live, I was already prepared psychologically to leave Cagayan de Oro. In fact, I made no effort to continue my stay. I didn't knock on new hotel doors, but I kept communication with existing hotels I already made proposals to.
Am I Stupid or What?
Unlike most places where I can leave without thinking twice about it, Cagayan de Oro is special. I had to think many times over if I should be stupid enough to leave. Why? By far, this place is that one destination where abundance rained on me. In fact, it continues to do so without abatement. And it does so with uncanny timing. It doesn't overwhelm me with a ton of work I can't handle. It paces me, giving me continuous work one project at a time, not just from CDO but all over, with no dead moment. When I arrived CDO, I was in the red. Now, just 2 months later, I've managed to pay up all my loans with loose change left in my pocket to do some backpacking without having to worry about the web (given my meager needs). That's really nice. Beyond generous, Cagayan de Oro is magnanimous. I have no doubt whatsoever that if I continue my stay here, at the rate abundance is raining down on me, that I can pretty much save enough to live on Easy Street. But is that the point?
Know When to Say Enough
I am reminded of a parable about a fisherman on his boat, out on the deep end, who snagged a golden chain. He kept pulling on the chain thinking he's getting richer as he pulls up. He wouldn't stop. Greed got the better of him. At some point, his boat took in water until it capsized. Moral lesson? Know when to say enough. Cagayan de Oro has given me more than enough. It almost feels greedy to stay longer just for the purpose of abundance. Ideally, I should just let life take me where it takes me. If the call of the open road beckons, then without hesitation, I should pack up and leave even if it means walking away from fortune and fame.
Way of the Tao
With my loose change now, I don't have to knock on hotel doors for a roof over my head. I can simply pay my own modest lodging wherever I end up. Unlike before, when my hotel days are coming to a close, I'd be a hamster on a wheel banging on other hotel doors. Now, I have that rare privilege not to do anything...the ultimate Way of the Tao. After doing my due diligence, I can simply step back and watch as life unravels before me...telling me where I should go or what to do, completely independent of any effort on my part to steer how things go. Indeed, not too many people get that privilege. We're all hamsters on a wheel - consumed by a sense of urgency either for immediate food on the table or imagined need to be on top of the food chain.
Not Just Yet
I was on this precarious threshold when I received a text from a hotel owner, "It's a GO :) approved na". Whoa! What just happened here? Interesting. Suddenly, I have another hotel to take shelter to. I don't have to leave Cagayan de Oro - not just yet. Life seems to have extended plans for me here. What? I have no clue. Like a good soldier, I simply cover my bases, get fit, ensure all kinks are ironed-out, immediately address all issues, and again, wait for the next cue. In the meantime, I'll write this blog.
- Goodbye Cagayan de Oro Jan 31 - May 5, 2013
- Summer Peace Festival 2013, Cagayan de Oro Apr 26-28, 2013
- Visiting Maria Christina Falls, Iligan Apr 24, 2013
- Del Monte Roast Beef and Pineapple Apr 21, 2013
- Exploring Sumalsag Cave Apr 21, 2013
- Abundance and Letting Go Apr 5, 2013
- Cagayan de Oro's Street Masseuse Mar 24, 2013
- Cagayan de Oro - the City of Golden Opportunities Mar 19, 2013
- River rafting along Cagayan de Oro River with Great White Rafting Mar 7, 2013
- Adrenaline Rush at Dahilayan Adventure Park Mar 2/3, 2013
- Abundance in Cagayan de Oro Feb 10, 2013
- Cagayan de Oro Mar 7-9, 2009
(Apr 4, 2013) A kind man deserves such blessings! Miss you Git! Take care!
Zoe Valones Arugay
(Apr 4, 2013) Can I take part in that proposal?
(Apr 4, 2013) Bring it on! Miss our chats Gigit! Look for Inday Bacareza of Bohol Trading. She's lovely. I know her son, they came to Dumaguete before.
Apr 5, 2013
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