About charinabrooks

Writer of Finding God in the Ordinary {embracing a God-filled Life}. Capturing life at Life Seeing Lenses. A M.O.M. A wife. A blogger. A self-taught web designer. A full time employee. A Pinay.

What It Takes to {Be}long?

“They said we live in a tough world. I don’t think we do. I think we live in a world full of tough people trying to outdo others. Everyone is in their quest to belong. It sure makes for a tough world.”


“How far will you go to belong?”

A sense of belonging whether it is at work, school, church or anywhere else is probably one of the most assuring feelings one could ever have. It is the knowing that they do not consider you any different from the rest of the crowd. That feeling of being accepted…you belong.


“I need to be like everyone else.”

When I was new at work, I felt like I didn’t belong there. Not because of the nature of my work but rather it’s the feeling, or should I say, vibes – that I got from everyone else. Fast forward to today, I still get the same feeling most times. Only this time, it is because my work etiquette is different from everyone else. As years go by, more and more of my colleagues (mostly Asians and a few Hispanics) sacrificed their work dignity just because…

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Living in an Abstract World

You know what separates people? It’s not our colors, our ethnicity or our standings in society. It is our desire to be over the other. It is our belief that kindness is always associated with being weak and wanting something in return. Blaming others for being hurt instead of admitting we were unkind.


I dream of a world where we won’t get our superiority from the uncertainty of others. Where we don’t mistake kindness for weakness. Where we co-exist and not just exist.

I always tell my husband and daughter that I was born in the wrong era. I am fascinated with everything old. I enjoy listening to music from the late 50’s to the late 70’s. I love how their dresses look. I love their way of living and the laid back simplicity of it.

I love how people are more connected. Genuine. Kindhearted. Physically present. Full of existence…

IMG_5551.JPEG I took this photo while on lunch break at work, in one of the oldest building at the university. I love how it illuminated the whole room. But then looking at the picture, how can the outside be so dark? Isn’t our life like that?

I always look at people as people. Colors…

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