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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Melgasbal Cuales

I am sure your Facebook page does the same thing mine does...suggests folks you could, or maybe should be friends with.  I am assuming it is in Facebooks best interest for you to be connected as possible so they are constantly suggesting friends.  Often, if not always, the suggestions make sense...a friend of a friend of a friend perhaps.  But for the past few days one name has consistently been in front of me...Melgasbal Cuales.  First of all I was intrigued by his name.  It has an old world explorer feel about it doesn't it?  Vasco De Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Amerigo Vespucci and Melgasbal Cuales.

I have no idea why Facebook thinks we should be friends.  I explored his page out of curiosity as to what we would have in common.  Facebook knows all, surely there is some connection, right?

Melgasbal is an elderly man from the Philippines.  What could we possibly have in common?  There is no information about him except for his current residence, Las Vegas, and his past residence...Philippines.  From what I can gather he doesn't speak English and is married to a woman that looks just like him.  Also he has a huge smile and great teeth.
I am intrigued as to why Facebook suggested a friendship between us.  I am sure there is some statistical, analytical reason why....blah, blah, blah.  I would rather think the universe is reminding me of diversity and acceptance.  And that a wonderful smile is pleasing to everyone, regardless of space or time.

So today on this first day of November I am thankful for differences, acceptance and gratitude for the challenges I have been encountered.

Differences I have encountered have given me moments to pause and consider another point of view.

Acceptance has bridged gaps and given love a place to laterally move.

And gratitude for challenges?  I have been given a front row seat to what I can do in the worst of times and the best of times.

Happy November Melgasbal Cuales!!  Thank you for giving me a moment to be thankful.


  1. Thank you for this reminder:
    "So today on this first day of November I am thankful for differences, acceptance and gratitude for the challenges I have been encountered."

    I needed it.

  2. Facebook's formulas for deciding who we should associate with, what we should see, and how we should promote just baffle me. I do love the shift in your perspective. Most days those changes - big or small - make all the difference in how we live those moments. Thanks so much for reminder!

  3. What a great post! I think I want to be friends with Melgasbal Cuales now too!

  4. It's always interesting to see what you can do with an idea. Maybe I want to be his friend, too!

  5. PS I went to look him up. He lives in Las Vegas. Mystery solved.