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Going Up: A True Spiritual Guide in Workplace

I am a newbie in the corporate world. Recently, I graduated from a university carrying not only degree but also pride and honor from my alma mater. Going the same path any graduates traverse, I soon apply for companies where I will start my first career and showcase the skills and abilities I practiced for four years. Thank God I was hired only for a short period of my job application-a month after my commencement. So I was provided ample time to think things over.

When I started to work, I realized it wasn’t something a newly graduate will find. Adjustment to co-workers and learning the ropes of the company especially responsibilities assigned to me troubled me a bit. Work differs from studying because it’s hard to afford slip-ups. And if it does, I’ll sure find ways on how to deal with it even if it means entering a danger zone. Also, no professors to spoon feed-not exactly the kind of environment I envisioned. The scope of my tasks demand to learn fast and work smart since I’m engaged to retailing on one of the biggest retailers in the Philippines.

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 Soon, I realized not everything was taught in the classroom. Eventually, hard knocks emanate along dawning the patience and perseverance out of me. Because I don’t want to easily give up, I heed advices. Just as I was prospecting for nothing in particular book on a fine lunch break, I rummaged through an array of good readings under spirituality on a bookstore near our office.I ended up with the book “Going Up” by Yay Padua-Olmedo. I believe it was blessing in disguise. For about three straight days, I already finished the whole story of the author’s survival on the professional world’s higher grounds and pitfalls. I can relate to her provided examples and truly felt a message relay to anyone who reads it. She has put her story on everyone else’s feet. With bonus biblical insights equating the happenings to her life, the author made sense and justice on telling the readers how to create a mark on their professional career without compromising and simply leaving our predicaments to God. Going with the flow or halting the current in workplace won’t make us susceptible to blunders or sins-we’ll only tear apart by sacrificing what we have and don’t. God promises us greater things far beyond our imaginings. There’s no exclusion even in our office doing our everyday responsibilities and communicating with our co-workers and superiors.Practical, inspirational and timely book for professional growth. It’s a piece filled with passion.Truly a reflection of a real spiritual guide in workplace.If you’re hungry for biblical verses applied for real world, this book will feed you. A useful reading for any career starters’ that doesn’t only look for theoretical lessons but also searching for the calling of being a faithful servant in a company.

“You are the salt and the light of the world. So shine before men.”

                                                                      – Matthew 5:14-16

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Man of Steel Continues

I once watched the original Superman filmed in the early 70’s portrayed by Marlon Brando and its revival during 2006 featuring Brandon Routh. Both movie depicts Clark Kent’s childhood upbringing, survival to fight for villains, adaptation to Earth’s natural environment, his job as a journalist and of course, Lois Lane. Only the plot differs and the twists brought by the characters that made Superman totally superb and successful. In the end, we’ll see him exultant by the glory he received for winning against his enemies. Anyway, why would anyone wants to lose Superman when in fact, one of the reasons we die to see the movie is because of him saving the world?Image

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Seven prosperous years have passed when the familiar big badge letter S is back. Cliché as it goes, Clark Kent is bigger and bolder; sexier and hotter. Superman is suited again with his skin tight blue costume with red as blood robes and side trim boots showing those flexible muscles and pagan facial physique .

The movie welcomes advanced technology in latest versions to graphically enhance the story. It gives me the chill whenever the vehicle of Superman on his planet would pop open since it looks so real I didn’t believe it was carefully manipulated by computer.

The team behind Man of Steel balanced the timeworn plot by updating supporting features on the fight scenes jam-packed with actions. I suppose the film has been invested highly in technology matched by thedominance of cool machines and gadgets. For me, these are the most noticeable alterations of Superman apt in today’s generation.

No boring acts. I assure anyone who watches it that it’s going to be worth the price. Except the ending would be less than expected-lack of suspense on the death of General Zod. Well, the generalities of such heroic movies are the antagonists to be defeated and triumph awaits for the protagonist because of pain suffered trying to save Earth for those who want to colonized it. Plus, the enemies won’t die that easily. Like Superman, exposure is needed to prove how strong our lead is. Viewers won’t be excited realizing they get so knocked up of one punch or back stabbed mercilessly. And so, Man of Steel increase the chance of agonizing Clark Kent through Zod’s servants. When it’s the main villain’s time to shine, I find insufficient combat to kill Zod.

I see Man of steel as epitome of greatness-man part of history. His legacy continues forever.

On the other hand, Henry Cavill does stand firmly of playing the long-time hero idolized by many because of sovereignty and good deeds. He has masculine figure bounded with well-built gusto that is not exaggerated by make-up or add-ons. I say his body is lean. Perfectly perfect.I agree with the girl commander in the movie who dropped the words, “I just think he’s hot” after seeing Superman wrecked the whatever device plotted by government to guard him. Everyone actually laughs because seeing her flirty reaction and almost exasperated smile were something adamant if we’re to personally face to face with a guy like Man of Steel. I wonder how Lois Lane begs to differ. Or does she?

To make this blog short, Man of Steel is so freakingly thrill I want to watch it all over without getting tired of it.

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In Love With A Married Man

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What would you do if the guy you love is unfortunately married? With ring on his finger and has plans to settle for family sake?  Gosh, it’s a cruel small world we’re living in; bound with clueless feelings and sudden burst of emotions where you can almost rip yourself off and ask, “Why the hell I’ve fallen in love with him? He’s married.”

It should be the end of the topic. After hearing the word engaged, married, with fiancée and planning to settle down; this is the moment we said to ourselves enough. But you know it’s not easy to forget or ignore a feeling you knew is very foreign. Too many fishes in the sea, probably. Fish yes, but good catch, I don’t think so. Because, there’s a possibility of catching starfish when you’re rummaging for better fish in the sea. This saying seems to apply on guys where better ones are already taken.

And why married guys filled with charm compared to singles? Why not look for available ones if the man we’re attracted to already has a wife?The inexplicable veracity lies with the appeal of being financially stable, less dependent, more matured and ultimate bravado. They have the capacity, one that is unexplainable, to make women fall in love with

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them regardless of the marriage issue. Movies depicting infidelity is a testament as why it’s almost ok to date or have an affair to wedded guys. Perhaps, because this men allowed ladies like us to smooch them without restrictions. In return, we permit our hearts to rule instead of our minds. We plummet to a forbidden relationship and we still don’t care. Complications arise when a woman let a devoted man to get her even if she knows it’s wrong.

 Recently, I met a guy oozing with charisma luring me all over. He’s damned hot aside from him being buff and lean and everything. He looks younger than his age. Actually, I wouldn’t want to be distracted yet I can’t help myself looking at him so different that I wanted to kiss him. Seriously, my hormones are raging ready for war. I believe I love him for just a span of period. Things might have been fine since I’m single but he’s married. Capital M and the rest is history.

There was a part of me wanting more of knowing him fully and him to me. Imagination has been trying to play that one day he’ll leave his wife and children because he knows he can’t stand them anymore because he found another woman. But, as I see the picture, I know being mistress is never listed on my plan and will never be. I couldn’t grasp the idea of being with someone who’s already committed with great responsibilities. It hurts trying to comprehend you won’t be together unless there’s some fortuitous event happened. Somehow, I didn’t wish any of those to occur.

Days later, I was trying to fight any feelings beginning to grow. So as not to get depressed, I ask for a dearest friend’s counsel. It’s true that in all parts of your body, only the heart has its own mind where you can’t dictate whom to love and when to. I perceived his happiness with his newly-built family and I can’t be in the way.

In the future, I will have a family where I will plan what’s best for us; for my husband and children are where my hopes starting to build. Like any other spouse, I don’t want some home-wrecker ruin the foundation I made for us. I don’t expect to be fooled behind my back with the guy who promised to by no means love and cherish me forever and later will exchange me because of a third party.

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10 Reasons Why You Must Watch “500 Days of Summer”

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Color my life with the chaos of trouble. Yes, its Summer Finn’s quote on her yearbook from my all-time favorite chic-flick movie, “500 Days of Summer”. I have been watching this for as many times as I could remember and yet, I still can’t get enough with it. My sis handpicks the movie as one of her most unforgettable young adult movie that seems too good to be true. I was wondering if there are couples or singles out there who haven’t seen this whimsical heart-rending film and I say, “What?”

To help you guys decide on finally lounging on your seat and watch 500 Days of Summer, here are the best reasons (I think) as why you must NEVER miss to watch it.

  1. It happens in real life. Like any other romantic flicks with dash of fantasy and impossible dreams, 500 days convey genuine stories of every “in a relationship” or “it’s complicated” people. There are no handsome princes and beautiful princesses with their carousels. Only true existence of people being in love and getting hurt. You will understand the before and after effects of being madly in love in the real setting.
  2. Nonchalant characters and amusing exchange of thoughts. One of the roles I love to play would be Tom Hansen’s little sis. She’s way informative when it comes to heart to heart talk even though she’s young. Views expressed are weird particularly when Tom told his friends how Summer answered on his question regarding her weekend. It actually testifies that guys are obscure thinkers than girls and how hostile it sounds to share with their friends.
  3. Not your ordinary romantic show. The story is based on sequence of events from the day Summer met Tom until they finally separated. How it started, how it ended, why they break-up and how their romance blooms was depicted in a creative form of storytelling numbered from one to 500.
  4. Quotable quotes. Who would forget the movie, “Notting Hill” when Ana Scott brought up the line, “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her?” If you’re a go-getter of inspiring quotes, then this film is the right one for you.
  5. Teary but witty. Love stories are sometimes created to make us cry and reminisce the “good old days” we had. Thanks to humor has it, we don’t really have to shed tears without sheer dose of “hahaha” moments by their scenes. You will incredibly burst out of laughter and sob unwillingly at the same time.
  6. The Smiths!!! Period. Period. Period.
  7.  Sometimes, the person we thought is the one may not really mean for us. Maybe you will ask, what happened? Why didn’t they marry after? Otherwise stated, you’ll have to see it for yourself and find out if Summer decide the right choice so Tom wouldn’t have felt abandoned by his love to the first girl he’s afraid to lose.
  8.  A definite spoiler. Imagine a movie made to inspire us personally through the ultimate combination of comedy and drama, great characters, timely lessons worth related in our own experiences? That’s precisely how 500 days of Summer was prepared-to stimulate our senses and touch our innermost feelings.
  9. Learn from the experts. Advices eh? Don’t align expectations with reality. Get the freakiest superb love advice to help you avoid being attached to someone who doesn’t like serious commitment. Save the best stuff for later.
  10. Best artists ever! Newbie Zooey Deschanel is cool and quirky, right for the character of Summer whose adventurous, appealing and sweet. Joseph Gordon Levitt (JGL) also known as Tom Hansen in the movie defines himself as a “perfectly adequate” guy and he sure expose the role more than viewers will expect. Watch out his smooth moves, too!

*Photos courtesy of Google.

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Attitude Problem: How To Deal With It

I was born to be narcissistic pessimist. It came to a point when I questioned my parents why I confront people differently and why do I keep looking at their mistakes. And why do I give myself so much importance? Neither any of them answered me directly. Few shrugs, “Maybe, it’s how you are created.” I didn’t accept their reason because I sense I wasn’t normal. When encountering problems I usually get annoyed easily to people around me. I easily lose temper because I hate waiting but I’m usually late. I had quarreled to some of my friends and regret doing the act.

There was this time I shouted to our nanny. I told her she has bad attitude that’s why her neighbors fight with her and say something really mean behind her back. And you know what? I was the first one to cry instead of her. She actually blabber unpleasant stuff I did which particularly involves my parents. Once, a dear friend of mine became mad at me for ignoring her. Well, that was an exception! I was pissed off to her for being so moody that I feel she wants me to endear her every time I wouldn’t fulfill what she wants.

It hurts hearing others telling how your personality stinks. I try not to be too forward, altering my interaction; I seek for friends’ counsel because I’m thinking I was undergoing to a psychological problem or mental deficiencies. I had an initial assessment to the company I applied. One of their exams includes a Bach measurement test where I have to complete a sentence based on what occurs first in my mind. It was easy since I let ideas and memories flow in order to beat the time frame given. I was interviewed after and the HR assistant asked my answer, “backstabbing a friend because she wouldn’t lend me her doll” to the sentence, “My worst memory is….” I explained my side and you know what? I messed up. Inasmuch as I want to cover the hideous riposte, I told her the truth of me being so impatient to a person like the one I backstabbed with. I added, “It was 11 years ago, though.” Yes, exactly! It was a long time but I can still remember which a bad idea is because I’m looking for a career to save my life; but here I am, tripping myself into my own ploy. And I kissed the job goodbye.

What an ultimate jerk I was.  I have no common sense that I wasn’t able to think that the test was a trick to further recognize my hidden personality and some factors related to work ethics. The problem, I knew it all along: Attitude. The solution? I’m completely clueless. I wanted to break the barriers hindering me to confront my personal demons. I researched about a pilgrimage, some sort of voyage in Brazil and the reviews were positive. He found what he’s been looking for. Yet, I may want to absorb such piece; the thought of leaving my country to find myself to unknown place may not work for me. This is not Eat. Pray. Love.

One time, I opened a book titled “Purpose Driven Life.” At the back of the cover says, “This is your answer to every life’s ultimate questions”. So, I browsed its contents and started reading the first chapter without missing any pages. The verses written were quite deep and I don’t know if I should take it literally. For better understanding, I read the full meaning of it from the bible. Apart from what people say about how I should change my attitude, I got the best version of eliminating my weaknesses in a book stocked in my cabinet.

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Attitude, as I discovered, is a life-long process to develop. It is not an overnight impasse a person can pray to God, and then by next day he’s unconditionally different human being walking on his way to office with a halo on his head. PDL has helped me confront my ruthless side. First, do not always listen to what others say about me. Instead, focus my eyes to the promises of the Lord. Not anyone can relate to what I am saying since each of us believes something, either entity or not. What made me trust to the explanations of Rick Warren (author of the book) is the truest conviction on words with the relation of stories happened in reality. Second, offer my disabilities to HIM. No efforts could comfort my inner struggles on trying to become better person I wanted me to be. It is only by faith and redemption that I can truly amend my assertiveness.

What happens after finishing the pages? Did people around me agree I never look better? Did my friend praise me for harnessing noble personality that permits their ideals? No, nothing much has changed. I’m still dealing with the attitude I know only God can deteriorate.

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Fifty Shades of Grey: The Book for Awakening of Innocence

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Are you looking for lunatic hardcore novel that will topple your sensibilities and feminist views? Better check out the provocative novel that delivers one’s imagination to wilderness-Fifty Shades of Grey.

I wouldn’t expect a lot will agree reading this novel that earned negative and positive feedbacks from people of different walks of life. What started as a trend in Twitter soon became the talk of the town; until the talk reached our vicinity and voila! I was mesmerized or let say; I got pretty carried away with the characters and story. In fact, it wasn’t the type of my genre at all. It could have been that my friends also read it and I got hooked. Yet, it’s more of my willingness to explore the possible unknown which made me share my review to this book.

You may or may not remorse for deciding to read the first saga to the last part of the book. The aftermath was crazy. Any reader’s innocence will completely vanish, literally and figuratively, bringing your ego an utmost pleasure. Here’s the synopsis of Fifty:

The story revolves around the clumsy but beautiful, Anastasia Steele, a literature major student and the young, affluent CEO of Grey Holdings Enterprise, Christian Grey. Fate entwines the two when Ana interviewed Christian for their university’s paper while Katherine (friend of Ana) was indisposed. Grey got attracted to Ana while the latter felt the same admiration but resent the idea. The conversation was followed by accidentally on purpose visitations of Christian. Ana, who’s trying to neglect her feelings for the lad failed after knowing he’s not open for serious relationship. Crestfallen, Steele tried to avoid and separate herself for the imminent danger of falling in love with the man. But Grey was persistent in pursuing Ana for other reason: to become her submissive.

In an attempt to attain a win-win situation, Christian brought Ana to his place where he confessed his engagement in BDSM relationship (Bondage-Dominant-Submissive/Sadism-Masochism). He showed all of his sexual apparatus and present Ana to the Red Room of Pain. The dominant-submissive was bonded by a contract established with strict terms and conditions. In exchange to gratify the man she loves even if it means giving up her purity, she agreed to sign.

The subsequent chapters depict their steamy erotic adventures, lavish lifestyles and desire to fully seek pleasure using their bodies. It was, during those times, that Ana and Christian realized their weaknesses: Ana consumed of her sexual fantasies and Christian, slowly admitting he can’t afford to lose the girl he has fallen in love with. The succeeding sequels of Fifty Shades (Darker and Freed) tackle more of the two’s sex escapades and this time, totally carnal and mind-blowing, with participation of various characters which play vital roles on the story. Of course, what would be a novel without twists?

The Characters: In my opinion, Grey was a lot hotter than I thought he was. The delineations used by the author were the seamless Hollywood epitome of Brad Pitt’s face and Demi-God’s abs. If a man reads the book, well, what can he say? “Duh, that man doesn’t exist. He couldn’t be just way good-looking.” Probably. But Christian was made for women to think he does exist. He’s a nerve to the bones, definitely disturbing. I once thought if there was a Christian Grey out there somewhere. He’s giving hype to every aspect of Fifty Shades. With his words used during his climax, I wouldn’t know what to feel exactly.

The fragile Ana, derived from Bella of Twilight, is fiercer and stronger. If you read the story, imagine how life would have been living with a guy like Christian who’s adorable, you die.

The Plot: My favorite scenario is their first encounter at GHE because in the end of the book, Ana is no longer telling her story. It was Christian’s part already. The starting point was the interview where Grey manifested his desire to know Ana better and delve deeper on his odd approaches when he saw her.

One thing, if I would have given the chance to alter a specific setting in Fifty Shades that would probably be the time they had children and still has intimate scenes in the vast green field of their mansion. It’s awkward when someone sees the couple. So, I’ll eliminate it since they could save their stuff in private place. Let’s be little realistic.

All the more reason to love the book is knowing Grey’s upbringing. He wasn’t molested or contemplated as a victim of pedophilia. He was driven to be sexually addictive in search of affection. Christian was deprived of a mother’s love and maltreated by the men his mom met. By the time he reached his adolescence, he found a refuge of his bereavement. Grey was heaved in the realm of sex in erroneous ways. Finally, Ana became the solution to his predicament.

Yes, it’s erotic. It will lose your senses leaving your thoughts fighting the urge not to envisage.  There’s penetration, orgasms, bad words, wild positions and a little bit visualization of Grey’s body. Though, any reader will see the meaning of the messages that it’s not just the sex thing. The book has more to offer; it’s more than meets the eye to be exact.

For more information about the book, visit: http://www.eljamesauthor.com/books/fifty-shades-of-grey/

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Ugly is the New Pretty

Have you looked in the mirror to measure your vital stats only to find out you wouldn’t fit the description of gorgeous male bods and skinny dashing females? When was the time you had a make-over (trimming eyebrows, curling eyelashes, wearing cool shades of mascara) to look like your favorite celebrity and you were surprise (the bad kind) because you don’t know who’s in the mirror? Have you seen your reflection impressed or depressed trying to figure out what adjustments and improvements you need to work? You’ve wished tons of times that you can easily work that dream abs and erase the freckles bothering your hopeful face. Frustrating, eh? No, don’t be.

What the society depicts are somehow exaggerations and pretentious to encourage people to embrace a lifestyle that is not theirs. Beauty is define by standards-how you dressed, what type of styles you’re in, your coolest bling and what you put on your face. You’ve become afraid to flaunt your skin because of those scars. Your hair is way less smooth, body without curves, lips opposite of Angelina Jolie and nose too big. Appearance is important, at least. There are certain exemptions as why beauty matters: because it’s significant in work force and media relations. When you’re ugly, you don’t belong in a magazine house filled with models wearing skimpy skirts and showy outfits. If you dare submitting your application, you’re ambitious. Like, “Hey, you’re in the wrong direction…” You would feel left out. Worst, criticized by people who call themselves beautiful.

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It’s as if you’re being treated in the way you don’t plea because you’re ugly. Let me tell you something: you didn’t choose to become what you are right now especially if you’re born with it. Those babies who have undeniable criticism on their physique and form, they didn’t want any of that. If they could possibly choose their desired nose’s structure, eye’s shape and lips, I bet they would have wanted differently. And due to genetics, the world charges them to pay the price they never intended to bear. Beauty products are advertised and sold to hide our flaws. We buy these products in belief of finding solutions to hide our insecurities. However, if external features are your description of real beauty, you’re missing the point of the human total package.

Whoever actually invented the term ugly hates it. I do. Everyone has its own unique character diverse from the other. We are wonderfully and fearfully made by God who does small to big creatures. We are beautiful. There is nothing to be ashamed of. The old saying goes, “Physical appearance lasts but attitude doesn’t”. I believe that true beauty resides deep within our hearts. No matter how bad your ugly face is and the guy next to you disgust staring, ignore him. Never let people define you in the beauty standards of Earth where nothing is absolute but change. Tell those who laugh because of your weird hair, no-make-up look and chubby figure that they are mislaid with one thing-appreciation. Show them what you got that no one else could. Stay pretty without having to change your true you.

Shout and be proud-BEAUTY IS ME.

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So, Never Had a Boyfriend? (Like Ever??)

There are two types of No Boyfriend Since Birth girls: one, those who doesn’t like being anyone’s girlfriend (Yes, I’m quoting that from Summer Finn of 500 Days of Summer); and lastly, those who have dated, had flings and tried their best to be courted by guys but still single in the end. These are overrated terms for an understatement realm of relationships-where people will expect you’ll have your boyfriend on the age of 13, lose virginity by 14 and get pregnant by 14 ½ years old. Today, when you’re 18 celebrating Valentines alone and watching movies with friends instead of getting hooked with a guy, you’re a freak. It’s like a mortal sin committed when you confessed you’ve never been kissed.  Some will ask, what’s the problem (as if it is)? Then you say, “I don’t know.”

For me, who cares? It’s a free country. And I pledge I’m normal for not entering on worthless and intense relationships filled with dramas. No words could actually resemble my opinion on why I don’t date since whenever someone asks me why, I don’t know how to express my beliefs for the fear of being totally judged. I asked myself umpteenth times why I don’t have any boyfriend or why didn’t until now that I am 20. But it all goes down on one thought: I enjoy being single. I didn’t try to pretend and be at someone else’s feet so as guys would fall over my heels and beg for my heart. To be honest, I just like not being committed to anyone. Because I want to display that I don’t need guys to be loved and have inspirations. I want to be free from troubles brought by jealousy or unable to satisfy promises.

Drew Barrymore as Josie Geller in the movie, "Never Been Kissed"

Drew Barrymore as Josie Geller in the movie, “Never Been Kissed”

I’m not saying having boyfriend or liking someone and soon engage on a connection with label is wrong.  I do have crushes in the form of Ian Somerhalder and Collin Farrell which seems pretty fantasy because they won’t share the admiration the way I felt for them. And when I was sophomore, I used to stalk my crush because I believed I was in love. I followed him after classes, write every encounter with him on my diary and I once stole his picture and pasted it on my notebook. His friends would mock me and I say whatever. It was reasonably disastrous; painful even, but I was young. The idea of love is superficial and deemed fictional before. When I look back, it would simply be a lesson substantial enough not to repeat. I learned that if there was one thing in anyone’s life need not to be rushed, that would be committing in a true relationship to a person you really aspire to be with.

I don’t enter relationships just for the sake of having boyfriend. The decision I made helped me utilizes my singleness and treats it as a gift. Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you’re a loser; you’re just happy being temporarily available waiting for someone to fill in the vacancy. Besides, it’s difficult to start a relationship because of pressure then regret in the end. At the same time, being solo is a preparation stage of truly finding the guy who would sweep off your feet. When that day comes, you will realize it’s worth the wait. *

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I Could Have Had It All

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I write this blog entry soonest after I read a message on my e-mail:

When I saw how failure am the day I opened my e-mail, I don’t know what I should do. Cry? Or laugh and go with the flow? My hands were shaking and I can’t feel my thumbs typing on my computer. Soon, the screen became blurred. There was an inaudible sound. Everything went blank. I reached my phone to inform my group mates, spreading the bad news”: Hey, we didn’t make it to the finals”. No one replied. It was a relief neither anyone criticized the efforts we exerted. Unfortunately, I missed the best part-winning.

I appreciate the fact that I am no good at all. I am born to be unlucky. I have doubts of leading a group and possessing ground-breaker characteristics for the fear of losing…for the fear of becoming a major punches line on joke time. The agony remains unbearable in the past few days. I am afraid I might be scolded and sentenced on my flaws.

The greatest failure I committed. I always been pressuring myself to be the best I can that’s why here’s what I got.

Sometimes, success is not enough. It will only lift your spirit.

Sometimes, success is not enough. It will only lift your spirit.

When you fail, the first thing that registers to your mind is not coping. You will consider what could have been to avoid such misfortune. Eventually, I recovered. I used to stick to my mind that that day could have been one of the greatest frustrations I’ve had. Basically, it was. Soon, I meditate using the bible and communicate with my folks. I actually had a favorite inspirational quote from that experience:

“Work as if everything depended on you. Trust as if everything depended on God.”

Should I worry again when I stumble down instead of standing, dusting the dirt upon my dress? Maybe next time, prayer will do. Needless is it to sing, “I Could Have Had it All”. Right?

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Running the Political Race

Election seems a boring conversation. Just about hearing the word makes anyone (including me) sleeps to death. Color coded political campaigns are posted on walls and streets indicating fanciful promises in case elected and even achievements fulfilled from the past. All the edited jingles, paraphernalia of politicians’ names and faces; media appearances and forums catch publics’ attention in selecting the right candidates for the vying positions. But are these aspiring public servants help us to choose best fit nominees to protect our country? Or, are they just expending tons of cash for marketing themselves in exchange for power and raining wealth from the pockets of Filipino citizens while cover coating?

2013 senatorial election is the same as any elections before. Interested parties file application, talk about campaign reforms, setting political ideologies and begging for votes. They will present what they have done for our country and what they can do for the future. Pleasant or unpleasant news about election, social pioneers can’t help to share their opinions to which they give their sides. Even religious administrations forward lists of who should be elected and not to their alliances encouraging mass voting. Albeit strong boost of peer groups and society will make us think of who is who, the significance of picking the right individual is contingent on the candidates’ running rally.

Start to your community and browse your environment by checking the candidates’ backgrounds. It is important to know where they came aside from the ideals of this person or party list. Even personal, social, cultural and psychological status must be considered in researching since these are aspects worth knowing. Personal could be relatively hidden as these candidates are also human. They need privacy, too. If runners came from well-known kin or political hierarchy, expect open secrets and issues. If disputes have large contributions in our country, e.g., corruption, tax evasion and unexplained project programs, this will likely affect our decisions. However, as much as we want to elect the entrants because of his future action plans, when he already marred his name because of controversies in the past, there will be negative connotation in the present. Chances could be given, but the disadvantage is what could have happened before might occur after. Candidates who belong on this category need to polish their names on its finest and prove more than what they essentially offer.

We need to remember how vital accomplishments and unresolved concerns of recent politicians are when they were on their position. Have they employed what they have promised? If so, how beneficial is it to people? Has it yield great effects and changes? Have these running candidates fulfilled their responsibilities and wisely utilized their resources? Weighing pros and cons could be a demanding task for a voter but will surely pay off in the long run.

You see, the election process is the time when we are required to open our eyes and understand that our country’s tomorrow lies on our votes. Because by doing so, we designate people with bad or good intentions; stealing money they never earned while we depend on what they have promised to us. Not all politicians pleased us of wonderful projects for they do it by works instead of words. Some will bombard us endless plans with no assurance, or appropriately say no means of achieving as they are only desperate to grab the position.

As a citizen, being observant can be a good start in choosing the politicians running in the race. Everyone is eager to win but only few deserve. And the duty to put these “deserve ones” on the precise places is through us.