When You Realize It Too Late

I realized that I never really followed through with the “virtual house tour” that I’ve been planning to do – after all, one of the best reminders of God’s goodness is at home, right?

This is a Trebel piano that’s older than me – after all, my mom had it since she was what we Filipinos call a dalaga (young lady). Under the tutelage of several teachers, she became good at playing the piano and was hoping to pass it on to her own dear daughter. What the dear daughter didn’t realize only when she was 20 years old, was that that dear daughter sulked through each piano practice, so my mom was a good sport and gave it up.

When she was 20 years old, that dear daughter suddenly realized that she couldn’t play any pieces anymore – even that classical piece which she learned by herself for weeks at end. She blamed her mother for not continuing through with those mother-daughter piano lessons, when the mother simply replied: “you didn’t want to. You wanted to play with another person who only cared about making fun of you and making you feel inferior.”

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Only then did I realize that, like in learning to play the piano, we don’t realize we have a good thing in our hands until it’s too late. We don’t always have people who push us to do something, learn something or grab something even if we really don’t want to, until we realize in the end that it’s one of the best things to happen to us. If we don’t get that, regret is inevitable – but then again, there’s no room for regret in God’s plan. It simply means that He has something else in store for you, and that unlike the first time, it’s up to you to grab it. 🙂

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