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“When practicing mindfulness, you must be patient and treat yourself with compassion.” — I think that is the major reason mindfulness works. How we treat our selves reflects in how we treat others. Patience is my lesson this year, as well as compassion. It must be true that charity should start at home. When I treat my self better, I will treat others better.

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Cheers to the Crazy Ones

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Apple Inc.

I hope I’m crazy enough. 🙂

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Hiatus

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

Whenever I read this, it feels like being pinched in my belly. Sometimes it feels like being tugged by the hair, or grabbed by the arm.

I am in a sort of hiatus for almost 6 months now.

I hope I can act on this soon enough, before it starts kicking my stomach or punching me in the face.

Baby steps…

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Ragpicker*

Some people will just pass by, to give us priceless precious moments, teach a lesson, make us feel needed, inspire us, nudge us in the right direction, or just simply become a positive distraction and make us happy.

Whatever the reason, I’d like to believe that person is an answer to a quiet prayer.

Maybe each of us is meant to be ragpickers for another, coming suddenly and leaving as swiftly like a cool gentle wind at noon, when the sun is high and the air is hot.

When somebody goes “in absentia” I’d like to think it’s mission accomplished for both people.

Ultimately we are just a speck of dust in this earth.

And we are given a lifetime to have a chance to be significant and be a mountain instead.

*Coined from Og Mandino, who is one of my favorites simply because his works came at the right time, and his life is an inspiration.

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Chain Reaction

I was browsing my journal and found an advice I wrote for myself.

(May 7, 2011)

People get stuck where they are because they only do what they are good at.

On the other hand, a lot of people go places and become successful simply doing what they are good at.

I guess the key here is excellence. Specialization without excellence is mediocre.

Talent is never enough. Talent that is not developed is merely a potential.

To be successful, your talent should be of service and appreciated by people.

The number of people “touched” by your talent determines how successful you are going to be.

For maximum impact, talent should be duplicated/ multiplied. And that can be achieved through collaboration.

This results to synergy.

Upgrade this synergy to a level of significance and the talent that started as a potential will become a talent that can change the world…

This was written during the time when I thought I can change the world. I still hope to.

Right now, I’m still at the point of changing my world. After that, we’ll see.

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Teachers Teach 2

Teachers teach most by who they are,

more with what they do,

less with what they say.

When I signed up for the student of life program (not the real program, if such exists), I made it a point to always be on the look out for teachers.

Four years ago, I wrote a speech that I have hoped to deliver by this year during an award ceremony and take the opportunity to thank my teachers.

Since there are only a few things/ situations/ events that I can control (or none at all), the said recognition might have been postponed or perhaps it just was not for me from the very beginning. However, that does not mean that I will not be allowed to express my gratitude towards:

Mama who taught me hard work, patience, and sacrifice.

Papa who taught me to love adventure, achievement, and excellence.

Rona who taught me that work becomes lighter with a dash of fun and good friends and that when we share enthusiasm we have a chance to make other people happy.

KL who taught me to be grateful about everything; to give everybody a chance, above all to always give myself a chance, and; that it’s OK to cry.

Dandee who taught me that the most complicated situations can be simplified, that there is always a way to get what I want but when things don’t work out, I should not burden myself with it because the result is God’s job, I only have to do my best.

Paolo who taught me that energy is contagious; that I can honor my parents and go for my dreams at the same time; and that going to confession takes a lot of humility and courage but it’s a great way to release baggage knowing that I am forgiven, it’s easier to forgive myself.

Red who taught me that it is easy to meet new friends; that having a vision gives us courage to do the necessary actions, however uncomfortable at times.

Erwin who taught me that God is faithful through his favorite verse: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Kuya Percy and Ate Venus who taught me to have faith in people, believing in me even when I did not have anything to show for it.

Angel, my 4-year old niece, who taught me that it is OK to be curious and ask questions, that it’s OK to ask for help, that it’s OK to be happy or be amazed about the simplest things, that it’s OK to be a child again, and;

Robert who taught me that life will always throw at me good days in almost equal quantity as the bad days; that most bad days are sprinkled with pleasant surprises that turn out to be life’s greatest gifts; and that it is in giving love that I receive it, in the same way that I get more happiness when I give it away.

——–Who are your teachers? Thanks for sitting in!

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Teachers Teach

Teachers can be very confusing sometimes:

Some say that you can’t give what you don’t have; others say that in order to get what you want to have, you need to give it first.

Some say that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks; others say it’s never too late for anything.

Some say that good things come to those who wait; others say that the early bird catches the worm.

Some say that if you love someone set him/ her free; others say fight for love.

Some say that you can’t send ducks to eagle school; others say there’s a jewel in everyone.

Some say that to succeed is to persevere; others say that success is elusive when chased.

Some say that it is good to dream big dreams; others say that dreaming big means falling hard.

Some say diversify; others say specialize.

Some say that the winner takes it all; others say having fun is more important than winning.

Some say use your mind; others say follow your heart.

Some say an eye for an eye; others say turn the other cheek.

Some say fake it til you make it; others say don’t let your ego write checks that your body can’t cash.

Some say the pen is mightier than the sword; others say action speak louder than words.

Some say do it right the first time; others say it is OK to make mistakes.

Some are just good in saying; others are not good in acting.

Those who know, speak not; and those who speak, knows not.

—— Any thoughts? Thanks for sitting in!

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Happyness 100

A few days back, I was sulking, bitter, and lonely. The phone conversations were not at all assuring. The long distance thing is already taking its toll. We had to do something about it and quitting is not an option.

So we made a decision along with a prayer to make each other happy from far away.

How many times were we given opportunities to be happy and how many times have we robbed ourselves of it?

Oftentimes I have allowed myself to be bitter because I am anxious about the future or hung-up on the past.

When I get myself to ask that question, the past and the future become a haze and the present becomes perfect.

It’s like looking through my camera’s lens. I adjust the focus, I see the beauty. Everything else is blurred to insignificance.

In case you ask, the conversations are happy once again.

Thanks for sitting in!

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Reading Assignment

I have read a number of self-help books during the
past 5 years.

These are some books I studied, that were very helpful,
memorable, and inspiring during the times I needed
them most:

Jim Rohn’s 5 Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle

Stephen MR Covey’s Speed of Trust

John Maxwell’s Becoming a Person of Influence

T. Harv Ecker’s Secrets of a Millionaire Mind

Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad

Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, How to Win Friends and Influence People through Public Speaking 

Deepak Chopra’s The Way of the Wizard, Buddha

Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, and Debbie Ford’s Shadow Effect

Gary Zukav’s Seat of the Soul

Kevin Hall’s Aspire (few sample chapters)

Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, Tipping Point

Lance Armstrong’s Every Second Counts

Quotations from Mother Theresa: Love

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

George Clason’s Richest Man in Babylon

Og Mandino’s The Greatest Miracle in the World,
Greatest Salesman in the World, The Choice, The
Gift of Acabar, The Return of the Ragpicker,
Mission: Success, A Better Way to Live

Florence Scovel Shinn’s The Game of Life and How to Play It

These books along with my journals are housed in
the (bed)space I rented in Manila. The housemates
(old and new) are now the ones reading them.
I was very happy to learn the other day, that
they all find the books very helpful.

I did not have to bring them with me here (Cam Sur),
because just like me, they (the books) too,
have to move on to the next set of people who need
them at this point in their lives.

There was only one book I brought with me —
The Bible. Five years ago, I opened my mind and
gave the Bible a chance. Now it’s clear,
that I was the one given the chance.

Along with the Bible, here are the books I am
studying now:

How to be Compassionate by the Dalai Lama
A Course in Miracles (ACIM)

Do you have books you would like to recommend?

Thanks for sitting in!

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Reading 101.1

In my previous log, i have shared with you
techniques on maximizing a book that you read.

(By the way, those apply to self-help books,
and not your college text books. :p )

I really haven’t shared yet, how you know it’s
the right one for you.

There’s every book that matches every situation,
and every personality. Make sure the book you
are reading is not wasting your time.

I don’t have a regular shopping schedule for books.
Usually, I have a question in my mind that I allow
to sit for a while. Then, I wait for an answer.
Which I get in a form of an experience, person, or
book.

Finding books for me is like accidentally talking
to somebody and later realize that what he/she
said was the answer I needed to hear.

What about you? How do you choose/ find the books you
read?

Thanks for sitting in!

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