October 29, 2011
They call it a Life Breakthrough, and I need to prove something that I am courageous and strong being the Magnifico. At first. I thought of walking in a first class mall wearing a plain white sando, slippers and a torn jeans. The purpose is to overcome “the looking good issue” but it will be too simple for me, and I know I can do it without even pushing myself. The next is to call someone whom I never spoke with for ages, but I dont have the number (excuses). So I seek for help and call my wife. ” Honey, what I do fear most? ” You are afraid of snakes and creepy huge cold blooded reptiles!” Am I? probably she just love watching the Anaconda Series and Lake Placid. But the truth is, I never tried to touch a snake (phyton) or even wish to hug a crocodile. Who would like to be sweet and cuddly with these reptiles anyway?
Where does my ride leads me? I just found myself in Manila Zoo, and lining up in the picture booth of a Yellow Huge Snake, probably 8 feet Long. Courage leads me to face this fear. I never thought that all those goosebumps is just for seconds and will just fade away when the snake is already on your neck. The mix emotions of fear but its fun yet exciting was there for a minute until I hit a life record of bravery that Hey I did it! I feel like Zuma with these huge reptile in my body! And with so much excitement after the first breakthrough, I still have the courage to cuddle another reptile! The Crocodile, the first time I saw this baby creature, I just point only my finger to his nose, but now…let me see if I can hold and carry him like a baby? Unbelievably not scary at all! Yes, the snap had some safety wrap on it , but considering how it looks? and how the skin feels rubbing on your body with those sharp nails? It’s just fun! and facing my greatest fear. Oh no, I still have more potion of bravery for this day so I grab a huge python with so much courage and put it on my shoulder, and let him slide in to my arms. Whew! I never thought it will be so easy and really exciting! Thanks to buddy Mich for supporting me all the way for this breakthrough!
What does this Face Off with the Beasts really meant for me? I realized that it was just an image and representation of the true beasts in my life. Those fears of being eaten alive by people who will always be there to forsake you, challenge you the most, and even curse you to death. They may be normal on your eyes, with the silence and intent to slander you unguarded, and would like to ruin your character. They are the Crocodiles of my past. And hey I just cuddle the real one which they are probably portraying in real life. Copycat!
The snakes same as crocodile is also a symbolism of evilness, we all saw it in Adam and Eve story, we read it on Bible verses, and sorts of stories that it represents danger, the devil and death. In our life, we have to face it at one time and we should be ready and brave to live in our true values as God’s children, who loves peace, kindness, and goodwill to mankind. I never thought that you can hold the symbolism as a human and the irony is we have the full control on it. It looks freaky, and you may feel the power that you have it on your arms to scare away other people, but the truth is- either by its symbolism and reality, fear is just on our mind. And there is only one solution to unleash and face these fears. A total shift! Be courageous, passionate, loving and trusting! It’s not magic but a genuine power and strength that is just there in our hearts.