Begin the Begin

James Allen, the author of the best- known book, “As a Man Thinketh,” in one of his lesser known books, “Byways of Blessedness”, devotes his entire first chapter to beginnings.

The invitation of publisher/owner Lelia Chua- Sy to come back to column writing is exciting and heart fattening. How should the least qualified start to write again? James Allen said, “most beginnings are small and appear trivial and insignificant, but in reality, they are the most important things.”

Even with the greatest idea and the brightest plan in the world, we may still fail if without a beginning. While a modest idea and an incomplete plan often produces success even by insignificant beginning. The idea, therefore, is… begin.

Anyway, the answer to everything a writer asks, even to the most disqualified, is in a six-word powerhouse. “Write to express, not to impress.”

                                    Coming to America

Chances are when you see me at the SFO Airport in San Francisco, I am in the counter baggage handling or in the TSA Bag Inspection Room downstairs for the safety of all airline passengers. A tiring and distracting to my main true bread and butter, but an enjoyable exercise workout and yet being paid. Besides, the airport is my market for financial and spiritual, as a disciple making disciple, and a certified peer counselor pro bono and information officer of the Superior Court of Alameda in a volunteer appointment under oath before Presiding Judge C. Clay.

Where am I coming from? If you really have known me in Dagupan, Pangasinan, you surely would know that I was a multi-task person: a financial services branch head just like my sons over there now, a school operations director, a radio commentator, a publisher, news and opinion writer and a church pastor. An early riser. This answers the question why at my age I am still working.

Continuous sitting in a rocking chair will bring me to early death while climbing more mountains brings out the juices from my bones. Sir Isaac Newton’s principle that “a body at rest tends to remain at rest and a body in motion tends to remain in motion, definitely applies to the action principle.

                        Take Off

Writing again after a decade of silence makes myself a baby learning his first step which is always the hardest step. However, after taking this first step, the next writings or steps will be easier to take. 

          Twenty-Nine years ago, the July 16, 1990 killer quake with estimated moment magnitude of 7.7 shook the city of my birth Dagupan in panic and chaos. The entire city was under water, full of soil, no power supply with edifices including that of the market building partially sank. The Perez (Magsaysay) bridge, one of the two bridges spanning the Pantal River, collapsed. Dagupan became a ghost city. What a nightmare!

A year after, 1991, Ricvelation, as a column was born and circulated in black and white. 

             Recently, July 5, 2019, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake was felt by millions of Americans across the region in Southern California, including the greater Los Angeles and Las Vegas centering the city of Ridgecrest, CA.

            This date, July 14, Ricvelation is back with Pangasinan Star and Northern Times to bring you my mind to the happenings here and there and everywhere, primarily, to inform, educate, and entertain.  

            Ricvelation.net is this column’s name as well as my blog’s name. Finally, fasten your seatbelt so we can take off. Join me fly the world of service in bringing the subjects on lifestyle, financial services, travels, education, entrepreneurship and letter evangelism. 

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Ricardo V. Avelino

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