Photo of Shem-shem Pablo
By Buena Laoang

f taken arrogantly, would only give you

S tress,

S tress, and

U nwanted feelings.

E xhale. Breathe some more. Take the matters- calmly, prayerfully, one at a time.

S mile. :):) Shine, instead of suffer!


A gentle reminder to the self, “This, too, shall pass.”


About the Author: Buenaflor Laoang-Rosete finished Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and an awardee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Philippines in 2001. She is a mother, public servant, teacher. Her Lifenotes tell of a “once-a-wretch-now-fully-blest” life story, inspiring the advocacy of living simply, fragrantly and richly. She is a Filipino and is happy to be one.