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Peace, Silence and Being Classy

Do you know what “being classy” is? It is the act of choosing to be silent even when you have many things to say in front of those who would not be able to understand anyway.

Mr. Anonymous says; “Peace is not about silence. Neither is it about being away from troubles and violence. Peace is about a heart that trusts God even in times of distress, failures, pressures, troubles, and sickness.”

Been hurt? Offended? Pain still there? Takes time to heal. In order to move on, here is the important thing. Learn NOT to replay the hurts and pains in your mind. The mind always replays what the heart could not delete. The key is to fill the heart and mind with good and better things. Let it be a place where the Prince of Peace dwells. Let The Healer do the healing. But learn from the experience.

May God comfort you and spare you from all worries, tensions, anxieties, frustrations and stresses.

Have a pleasant and peaceful weekend!

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A Circus Moment

All we need is a little bit of everything and a whole lot of ISA.

There’s a story about a jobless man who finally got a job in a circus, playing the part of a gorilla. Every day he delighted the crowd with his twisting and turning.

One day, he slipped and fell into the lion’s cage and he began to scream, “Help! Get me out of here!” The lion came up to him and said: “Be quiet, you fool, or we’ll both lose our jobs.”

There are four words that stop, block, inhibit a person from learning more, initiating more, exploring more and growing more. These words prevent people from growing and discovering their potential. “It’s not my job!” If you want to grow you need to go out of your scope, show initiative and be willing to explore, learn and do new things. As you increase your skills, knowledge and competencies, the more valuable you become.

Life does not force us to be the best, it only asks that we give it our best efforts. When we work more on ourselves than we do on our jobs, then we become better and our “best” actually become better. Invest in personal development. And enjoy the benefit for the long haul.

It will be easy for us to remove all the masks we put on in this life just to survive.

Source: A Circus Moment

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An Honest Boy

All we need is a little bit of everything and a whole lot of ISA.

One of the questions we usually encounter during an interview is “What is more important, your work or family?” My response? My family. God first, next the Kapampangan and then the kids before career and work or business. But don’t get me wrong, I rise up and grind, I study and learn. I labor hard not at their expense but for their sake; teaching them to love God and understand the value and dignity of honest work. This is why my family comes first, it’s my business.

One time, while waiting for a bus, a little boy was pestering me to buy some candies. To dismiss him, I handed him 100 pesos for his efforts, but he refused, saying that his parents have taught him not to accept money that he did not work for. He said it with such dignity and sincerity.

What he did next was admirable. When he did not have change for the 100 pesos I gave him, he told me that he would leave all his stuff with me while he went to look for a change. I told him that was not necessary, but he insisted, saying that he trusted me!

Lord, bless and reward honest people who do not go for easy and dirty money. Amen.

Source: An Honest Boy

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Strongest Asset

All we need is a little bit of everything and a whole lot of ISA.

I’ve heard a lot of audio books while going back and forth from home to work; read materials on asset protection and it is important to know and understand them.

But our credibility and reputation is the strongest asset we have and we better do our best to keep it.

1. You earn trust.
2. You are given respect.
3. You are shown loyalty.

If you betray just one, you lose all three.

Here’s a story about an architect who was retiring from a prestigious company. The president of the company asked him to build a dream house, a showcase for his talent and know-how. Money was not to be a problem.

And so the architect started the project. But as he went on, he started skimping on the materials. Although the house looked beautiful on the outside, quality and safety were compromised. Finally, the house was finished. On the day of it’s inauguration, the president of the company announced that the house was to be the company’s parting gift to the architect. He realized that when he fooled others, it is only himself that he tricked.

One of the best advice I had in life came from my boss who said, “Hey, sometimes you are so serious with the person you talk to and it reflects to the other person which is making him serious too. Get over it. Let me give you two things to consider.

1. It’s just work. Why take it personally?
2. The world is a beautiful place. Why spend your time, energy and attention on ugly people? Move on.”

I did. Never forgot the lesson.

Source: Strongest Asset

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Plenty of booze and partying tonight and tomorrow. Be safe. Some motorists may be reckless. Tim Ferris says money and alcohol just tend to bring out more of what you really are. So you might as well work on becoming a better person than just doing better at what you do.

Don’t end the year or bring the new year with something that will fill you with regret. It’s a good time to celebrate the occasion with thanksgiving in our hearts. God has been gracious and merciful and has given us a year of fullness and blessings.

PEACE cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only LIGHT can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only LOVE can do that. This is what the new year is about when He who is Peace, Love and Light came so we may live and understand.

A Blessed New Year to you and your family!

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2019 Resolutions

Treadmills in fitness centers will be crowded. But crowds disappear usually after the 2nd week of January.

The key: Do not make new year resolutions. They’ll be forgotten and neglected. Make daily resolves instead. Create a routine and stick to it. Then watch your life begins to change and improve.

2019 offers opportunities, challenges, temptations and distractions. Let’s commit now that we will learn and explore new opportunities, carry a positive disposition to meet challenges. Refuse temptations that would compromise values and ethics and focus on doing activities that add value to our success goals. DON’T PROCRASTINATE. That decision begins now!

Final thought for the New Year. Be wise. Plan your future only with people who have future plans. Let’s not waste our resources. There are people who do not care about the future and there are those who do. Having shared goals is what it takes to achieve objectives. This principle works not only in business, career and profession but applies to relationships too.

Isn’t it wonderful that God’s command for us includes rest? We have permission to rest. We are not responsible for fixing everything that is broken and we do not have to try and make everyone happy. As the year 2018 ends; these would be good days for rest and recharge. For now, let’s take time. It’s time to replenish.

Source: 2019 Resolutions

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Happy New Year!

Some very simple ideas to make 2019 a good year…

Be thankful. (in all circumstances)
Be kind. (even to the unkind)
Be encouraging. (use words of kindness)
Be credible. (always be truthful)
Be loving. (consider others first)
Be reliable. (always keep your promises)
Be positive. (look at possibilities)
Be excellent. (you do your best)
Be faithful. (love God love others)

And so we reflect and express gratitude for the blessings that God has given this year. Successes, joys and achievements; gratitude and tempers pride.

And so we look forward to a new year full of potential and promises. We learned from this year’s mistakes and we move on with a resolve to become better and to do things better. We look forward with a heart of hope.

This season has been a very different season for me and my family. We miss you tatay. But we are all learning, we are all thankful and we are all hopeful. And with this heart and spirit I greet you all a blessed, productive and an even more meaningful new year to you and all your loved ones. God bless you all and thank you for sharing this blog.

Source: Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas this year is different for me and my family but let me share some meaningful quotes on Christmas that mean so much to me. I hope you like it too…
Christ was born in a borrowed manger and He was buried in a borrowed tomb. He did not come to make evil men good but He came to make dead people live. This is the meaning of Christmas.
The best Christmas gift is offered by the Celebrant Himself: “And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.” says Jesus Christ.
And on the lighter side of things, it has been said that men go through the four stages of life…
1.  You believe in Santa Claus.
2.  You don’t believe in Santa Claus.
3.  You are Santa Claus.
4.  You look like Santa Claus.
Have a merry and blessed Christmas. May the spirit of Christmas be always in our heart.