‘Parenthesis in Eternity’

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Exhale.”

Dear Leah,

Greetings from New York City!

I wish I could say, “Do not let cancer rob you of your inner joy and zest for life.” But I do not really know anything. 

You have requested me to create a math equation for you. “Just like that episode in the TV show Numbers,” you said. You giggled like a little child when you made your request.

I tried hard not to cry.  

I did muster the courage to say, “Although we all face certain struggles in life, it is the way by which we respond to our struggle that dictates the weight of our burden.”

Know that I deeply admire the strength of your faith. Even now that you are battling with Cancer, you still radiate hope and joy to us – we, who are supposed to be the ones to give you comfort.

Because of that, I believe that r = a – b sinθ can be your mathematical equation. Let the coefficient, a, refer to the strength of your faith and the coefficient b equal to God’s love for you, such that a = b = 1. Then, your equation becomes:

r = 1 – sin θ,             

the graph of which is a heart-shaped polar curve known as cardioid, from theCardiod Greek word “kardia,” for heart.

The polar equation r = 1 – sin θ may then signify that you, Leah, are love manifest. Cancer cannot change that fact.

Thank you for reminding me to always take time to whisper a prayer of gratitude for each breaking dawn.  For indeed, tomorrow is not promised.  

To quote Paulo Coelho:

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

Know that you are always in my heart and prayers.

Lovingly,

Ma’am Mayette


P.S. Leah joined her Creator on July 29, 2014.

When We Have Nobody But You

For the heart roars with poetry, when it hits a turning point… 

  by Marites Avisado-Responte

 In the darkness of our journey
 We anchor our powerlessness
 in your security…

 In the coldness of our plight
 We conceal our hopelessness
 In your constant presence…

 When the tides of despair
 toss us up and down
 Your assurance protects
 us from hurting…

 When our human mind
 limits your power
 You let us see the beauty around…           

 In our inadequacies
You fill them with your
 bounty and perfection…

 In our thoughts of impossibilities
 You make the way easy which
 We fall short of reason and understanding

When our mind is swelled
with arguing thoughts
and is groping for answers …

You simply let us forget
the questions and show
the answers in your gentle way …

Lord, your grace sustain us
to follow your will
and your love
declares the truth…


Marites Avisado-Responte is a dear friend who loves to write poems. She will be a regular contributor to the Poetry section of The Inflection Point.

A Parenthesis in Eternity

A Letter to a Friend

Dear Leah,

Know that I am with you in your moment of trial.

I wish I could say, “Do not let cancer rob you of your inner joy and zest for life. ” But I do not really know anything. All I can say is this: Cancer does not define you.

Before I will attempt to write your personalized math equation, please allow me to say that we all face a certain struggle  in life. How we look at each problem and the manner by which we respond to it seem to dictate the weight of our burden.

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There is one thing that I am certain about humans, though. We are all created in HIS image. HE who is love and the source of everything good and eternal.

You are a child of the light. That is why you always bring such joy to your family, friends, and colleagues. You continue to radiate hope and faith, more so now that you are battling with the Big C, than you ever have been.

If I were to summarize your life’s journey using math, then I believe that the equation r = a – b sinθ models your story.

Let the coefficient, a, refer to the strength of your faith in HIM and b equal to HIS love for you, such that a = b =1. Then the equation of your journey becomes: r = 1-sinθ, the graph of which is a heart-shaped polar curve known as cardioid, from the Greek word “kardia,” for heart.

The polar equation r = 1-sin θ, therefore, signifies that you, Leah, are LOVE MANIFEST. Cancer cannot change that fact.

Always take time to whisper a prayer of gratitude for each breaking dawn because tomorrow is not promised.  Stay positive, keep the faith, and live life to the fullest!

To borrow the wisdom of Paulo Coelho:

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

You are always in my heart and prayers!

Sincerely,
Ma’am Mayette


P.S. Leah has joined her Creator. This was posted in her FB wall: 

“Graduation time has finally come for me. With gratitude for the chance to journey thru life with you, I just joined the Lord wholeheartedly bringing along fond memories. Thank you very much for being a part of my journey. God bless you and your loved ones! ” ~ Maria Leah C. H. (July 2, 1974 – July 29, 2014)