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A Little Piece Of Heaven By Jocelyn Soriano

This is a sad time and a sad generation. Although there is no world war, although the technology to live a comfortable life has never been as advanced, although we can now reach one another in a click of a button; all the good things we possess can’t seem to cast away the dark clouds that hang everywhere, obscuring the azure sky, blocking the warmth of our bright and faithful sun.

Stripped of its radiance, we walk on cold pavements each day, flaunting the calloused hearts that hold back our tears, wandering the streets hurriedly, as though we knew where we should be going. The truth however is that we walk naked, pretending we are strong, numbing our hearts and killing our souls, just so we can get by, just so we’d be the people our twisted society wants us to transform into.

Rich and poor alike are dying within, the humanity of their souls being sucked away either by the necessity of their survival or by their meaningless ambitions. Where then can we find that little piece of heaven, that small flame of hope that would keep us from stumbling in the dark?

I urge you to look more closely, for it is there, streaking through the thick fog, making its way through the darkness.

Busy morning. You hurry off to work unable to take a single bite of breakfast. You arrive at your office. You see what’s on top of your table. Coffee and croissant with a sweet note from a dear friend. You pause for a while, you savor the strong aroma of java, and take a good sip. Not much for a tv commercial, but enough to catch the first glimpse of sunlight of your day. A little piece of heaven.

-You got busted at work. On your way home you went through a hell of a traffic jam. Then right there at your doorstep, your two-year old child opens up her arms and hugs you. You feel her tiny fingers holding on unto you. She kisses you. Numerous little kisses that take away all your tiredness and frustrations. A little piece of heaven.

-A storm has just passed. The city lay in flood and ruins. In a few moments more, children emerge from their houses. They proudly carry the paper boats they have just made. No flood could dampen their spirits, no storm could darken the light in their eyes. You hear their laughter. You get infected with their joy. A little piece of heaven.

-It’s way past lunch. The young scavenger still has to search heaps of garbage before she could buy anything to eat. Something unexpectedly catches her eyes. A soiled doll with blue eyes, a red apron, and a missing leg. She smiles for her good fortune. She’s just found a gift for her little sister’s birthday! A little piece of heaven.

Christmas. An old lady lives alone. The doorbell suddenly rings. The house is quickly flooded with young
professionals bearing gifts for their old teacher. They could not forget her motherly hand. They remain thankful for her wisdom. A little piece of heaven.

-A rebellious daughter. A patient and prayerful mother. A realization that brings a lasting change. Repentance. Daughter graduates valedictorian in her class. Mother listens to her speech, tears streaming down her cheeks. A little piece of heaven.

-A man stricken with AIDS and considered an outcast. An old nun who reaches out, treats his wounds and embraces him warmly, passing no judgement, no fear, no condemnation. The man smiles and looks up to heaven. He breathes his last, but in that last breath was a breath of hope, and a renewed faith in God. A little piece of heaven.

Have you seen them? Have you caught a single piece of happiness lately? You may not be looking. Or you may not feel you can give some little piece today. Look. Believe. Smile. A smile brings out a lot of sunbeams, and attracts streaks of happiness along the way. Catch a piece today, your very own piece of heaven.


Jocie works currently as an auditor, but continues to write and reach for her dreams of writing full time and being able to touch and inspire lives through her writing. From her humble beginnings, she was able to work her way through college through her various scholarships, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1996. She has published a book on a screenplay chosen as finalist in a National scriptwriting contest. She loves early mornings, chatting over a cup of coffee, walking along the beach, and singing her heart out with her best buddies.

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14 Responses to “A Little Piece Of Heaven By Jocelyn Soriano”

  1. Neil says:

    These “Little Peaces of Heaven” should bring all our minds to working on remembering times of hardship, caring, or giving. As most are going through hard times but can either find a way to give something to help someone no matter what, either by caring or giving of something from the heart. We all can and will find our own “Little Peace of Heave”

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  2. Hélène says:

    A timely reminder to see the grace of every moment good or judged by us not so good, grace is still present, in remembering we cast light into the darkness and the world is a happier place

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  3. tresa says:

    Thank you. Thank you for bringing a little piece of heaven. I have never looked at things from that point of view. I wil surely look for the good in every situation. Thank you.

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  4. kate bowyer says:

    Thank you for these beautiful thoughts. It also reminds me of the many kind humanitarian people trying to bring a “little piece of heaven” to the millions of Gazans suffering countless humiliations. Photos of them standing 3 and 4 deep on the shores of Gaza whilst the small freegaza boats sailed to their harbour with aid and medicines. The smiles and gratitude said everything about man’s ability to remain noble in the midst of unbelievable suffering.

    Yours in Peace.
    Kate b.

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  5. maria says:

    Thank you for your insightful thoughts to brighten everyone’s day. Often it takes a total stranger to bring out the best in others through the experiencing of some form of adversity or crisis. A “Little Peace of Heaven”, is exactly what the Universe prescribes in times when one cannot see the sunlight for all the storm clouds covering its light. It is still there and your belief in it helps you get though it all.

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  6. Sherry says:

    That was to much for my heart to conceive. with tearings flowing down my face, I am thankful for God’s grace from a stranger that can help me realize that there are pieces of heaven all around us.

    When life seems to be pressing in God knows were we stand and offers us strength through some one I’ve never seen but has touch my heart and those words will not depart.

    May God Bless you even more.

    I had a weekend with my grandchildren, and every time I hear that little voice saying NANA it truly is a piece of heaven. My 6month old can’t say NANA yet but her beautiful blue eyes shining and red hair is a piece of heaven for me . THANKS A MILLION!!!

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  7. N. Ofool says:

    When you say that there is NO World WAR ! just who do you think you are fooling ??? —– YOU MUST BE BLIND !!! or, do you need someone to actually TELL you that there is World War ??? The entire World is a sad place because it is the creation of sadistic people who disobey God, and his Laws, which are the Laws of the Universe !!! They constantly disobey—- in everything, and so create the hell that they then complain about and try to hide from thro their own “GOOD” deeds !!! The world as it stands is rapidly heading towards its END !

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  8. Anna says:

    Reminds us that we all need each other in one way or other. God always seems to send us someone or something to remind us to stop to smell the roses when we’re in such a hurry we forget to laugh.

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  9. Cragnrock says:

    I like it, I love it, it puts into words what I and my family see all the time, believe me it’s true, we all sketch and paint, 3 of us as amateurs and 1 professional.

    We see the wonders of God’s creation all the time, we get infected with smiles and we infect others with smiles, all the time.

    We see the damage people do and we see nature restore it.

    If enough of us stop and stare, smell the flowers and smile we can overcome the doom merchants and share our good fortune justly. God is not going to give up on us without a fight.

    I love you, I am sorry, please forgive me, thank you, say it over and over, who to – yourself.

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  10. Thank you all for your generous comments! I was surprised evolutionezine.com did a great honor to my article by posting it here. Keep it up! I am blessed by you all!

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  11. Darryl says:

    This is what makes people transform from average to exceptional.I saw a perpective of life which is in harmony with vie point of a child of God.Thankyou Jocelyn.

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  12. Selene says:

    Thank you for reminding us of this. I think with all the rush to go nowhere we forget that Goddess always provides a warm smile when you feel low. A satisfying hug when you’re sad, and a happy word when you feel no one cares. Just look around and you will see and feel it too.

    If you’re fortunate enough to have all these things then why not just once give them to a stranger?? What could it hurt?? Nothing, but it will make them feel better.

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  13. Leila says:

    Everyone should have their own Goddess.

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  14. Ruth Read says:

    I love this.

    We must all focus on the positive. I have noticed that the more grateful I am for little things the bigger things to be grateful for are showing up. I am sure things are always there in front of me to be grateful for; I have learned to look for them and see them. This has a snowball effect. The more positive things I notice the more I seem to attract.

    I have focused on the intention to always see the good side of everything. What might look ‘not so good’ may have a powerful lesson that ends up being something wonderful.

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