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.

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 site.

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.

The Spare Tire

Faith is like a spare tire. We carry it with us everyday. In fact, we often take it for granted, even neglect or forget it until we have a flat tire and we realize how lucky we are to have a spare tire. 

Like the spare tire, we should check to see if it is already flat or under-inflated. Faith must be constantly checked and if necessary, inflated.

Faith, like the spare tire can make the difference as we travel life's road. Let's take it along with us for it will give us the necessary strength. It is the key to a more confident travel.

God never gives us a plan, a dream or a purpose that matches our budget. He is not busy checking our bank account He is checking our faith. Let's not sell our self short. Let's not settle for average. Let's pursue excellence and be the best we can ever be for His Name’s sake. 

Finally, these words bring us comfort and hope. We need to remember these every day. By faith, we live; by love, we serve; by patience, we understand; by trials, we gain wisdom; by sharing, we give joy.

Cultivate a Healthy Mind

Being positive in a very negative world is a choice. And that includes social media. Choosing to love instead of harboring hatred is a choice too.

Someone says let the power of your love change the world, but never let the problems of this world change the beauty of your love.

Cultivate a healthy mind. Fill it with positive as well as things of value. Be careful with what you allow to enter because it affects the way we speak and live. A healthy mind does not speak bad things against other people. But a healthy mind understands truth and would not back away from it. 

One of the hardest decisions to make in life is to decide whether to hold on or to let go; to wait for a positive change or to simply walk away.

2018 is almost over; be ready to enter the next and new chapter of your life. Stop dwelling on your last chapter, turn a new leaf and explore the new one. The past is a good place to learn from and not to long for. So reconfigure a strategy and start moving on.

Choose To Be Cool

Too many holidays. Too many things to do and there is the constant need to catch up on many things. So be careful. Choose correctly.

We can choose to frantically do all the stuff, get stressed and be overwhelmed or we can choose to keep our cool, pace ourselves and do the important thing first one step at a time. Refuse the temptation to be angry. Smile and find the fun in what we do.

This is a very different Christmas season for my family and me. Things happened that we did not understand. But we are learning lessons.

It is obvious that God does not show up the whole plan with dates of events up front. It is because He is interested in our personal growth, so He provides opportunities. Not much faith is required when we already know the outcome in advance. And so by faith we trust and then we learn. This is why I love the song that carries the lyrics: “If you cannot see God’s hand, you can trust God’s heart.”

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 Christmas is about when He who is Peace, Love and Light came so we may live and understand. A Blessed Christmas to you and your family.

Spreading The News

Many people are still waiting for opportunities; others are busy creating it. It’s not luck. it’s hard work and preparation. Not chances, its choices. So create opportunities, work hard, prepare and make right and wise choices. Be patient. Enjoy incremental success that comes as a result of this process until you hit tipping point and good things will start pouring in. 

There is a story about a barber who gave a free haircut to a German. The next day, he received a basket of frankfurters outside his door. After giving a Japanese also a free haircut, the barber found a bottle of sake wine outside his door.

He gave a Filipino a free haircut and, the next day, what did the barber find? 10 more Filipinos who received and were sending text messages about a German giving a free haircut!

They say that good people with beautiful hearts are like lighted candles. The darker the night, the brighter they shine. They do not make noise about their brightness and they do not lose their brightness by sharing it with others.

Like a lighthouse, let our light be seen by and guide those in the dark. I guess this is what Jesus means when He says you and I need to be the light of the world so we can reflect His Light.

Have a happy weekend. Let's spread the good news wherever we are, wherever we go.

Hold On

Hold on to your bonuses. Save money not wishing you would want to when you don’t have it but now that you do, SAVE IT! Do not go on a spending spree.

Money has a unique characteristic. When you hold it near your ear you will hear it scream: “Let me go! Let me go!” But the person who is wise and has mastery over his or her emotions would handle it properly.

The story is told about a mother who told her little girl: "No matter what happens, hold on to my skirt so that you won't get lost in the mall." "Yes, mommy," was the little girl's reply. There were so many people doing their last-minute Christmas shopping, and true enough, the little girl held on, and held on tight.

Two hours later, there was an announcement: "Calling on the parent or the guardian of a lost little girl wearing a blue dress and tenaciously holding on to a red skirt."

Hold on, no matter what, no matter where.

Thank You

When we look back and wonder how we ever made it through this far, we realize that it is not because we were WISE, but because GOD has been GOOD. Not because we have been STRONG, but because GOD has been MIGHTY. Not because we have been CONSISTENT, but because GOD has been FAITHFUL.

2018’s almost over. Here are some very simple ideas to make the year ends 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)

So there, may we all have a blessed, productive and an even more meaningful and grateful year and the years to come.

It is not how much a person gets out of life that matters but how much he pours in. It is not happiness that leads to a sense of gratitude but it is gratitude that leads to a sense of happiness.

If the only prayer you ever said was “thank you”, that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

What Is A Father?

What is a father? My boy gave his beautiful response: "A father is a person who used to have money in his wallet but now only has pictures of his loved ones."

I know of fathers who sacrifice so much, just so his son or daughter will have a better life. As for those fathers who still have so much or too much money in their wallets, perhaps it's time for them to really examine their being a father: Do you need all that money? How did you make all that money! Is money all that important? Is money all that you'll leave behind? Fathers, lets be like our generous and loving FATHER.

Children shouldn't have to sacrifice so that you can have the life you want. You make sacrifices so your children can have the life that they deserve.

When kids are young and immature they may not know this: Being young, they are self-absorbed and do not know that their actions would cause their parents distress. Many parents keep up an image of strength and positivity but they actually suffer in silence. Love is what makes them endure. The mature and potentially successful young person understands and try to bring good news and encouragement to gladden the hearts of their stressed parents. Happy parenting!

A Nervous Tourist

The story is told about Ben Torres from Bicol who was so afraid and nervous because of his illegal immigration status in the United States. When told by the guy at the gas station to "pay first," he thought the guy was asking for his papers. When asked if he had a Master card or Visa credit card, he got nervous all the more because he thought that the guy was asking for his visa. When asked whether he was a tourist, he got scared thinking that the guy knew his name was Torres. And when the guy told him to "be cool," he fainted in fear because he thought the guy even knew that he was from Bicol!

Question: How much money would you need to secure your future against all imaginable eventualities? How much money should you accumulate so that you could be fearless?

My answer: More than I currently have. Always.

Many companies are beginning to dispense their yearly 13th month bonus. Good because you may have it soon, not good if you are not disciplined in handling finances. Money is always an emotional issue. Control your emotions. Joe Moore says: “A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some.” This is that time for you. 

Be fearless because God is near.

Presents and Presence

May God continue to bless us with: Peaceful thoughts as we are growing older everyday. Simple wisdom when we are facing difficult choices. Quiet Moments and Restful hours when the day is long, and above all... bless us with the LORD’s loving presence every day of our lives! 

The story is told about three brothers, who after years of hard work and leading busy lives, wanted to make their 90-year-old mother happy especially on Christmas Day. To make up for the years when they have neglected her and took her for granted, the eldest gifted her with a big house. The second son surprised her with a limousine, and the youngest gifted her with an expensive parrot that can recite the whole Bible.

After the holidays, they received a thank you note from their mother. To the first one she wrote: "Thank you for the house, but it is so big I can't clean it myself." To the second one she wrote: "The car is so beautiful, but I never use it because I have nowhere to go." To the youngest, she scribbled: "You gave me the best gift. The bird was delicious!"

As we prepare for Christmas, let's be reminded that the magic of Christmas is in both the presents and in His presence.

Be Patient

Foods for thought:

1. No matter how beautiful and handsome you are just remember baboons and gorillas also attract tourists . Stop boasting.

2. No matter how big and strong you are, you will not carry yourself to your grave . Be humble. 

3. No matter how tall you are, you can never see tomorrow. Be patient.

4. No matter how light skinned you are, you will always need light in darkness. Take caution.

5. No matter how rich and many cars you have, you will always walk to bed. Be contented.

Patience with family is Love. Patience with others is Respect. Patience with self is Confidence. Patience for GOD’s answer is Faith! And may I add... Patience with traffic is evidence of all of the above. 

Proverbs 19:2 says "Impatience will get you into trouble." I bet, you could probably provide a few personal examples of that truth! 

Try to be patient. It is both a skill and an attitude we can develop. Learn to wait. It’s good for you. And remember this: It’s better to be last in the traffic lane than first in the funeral procession. 

More thoughts: Anything that ANNOYS you is teaching you PATIENCE. Anything that ANGERS you is teaching you FORGIVENESS and COMPASSION. Anything you HATE is teaching you UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Anything you FEAR is teaching you COURAGE to overcome your fear. Anything you CAN’T CONTROL is teaching you how to LET GO and TRUST GOD.

The Lion and The Mouse

We can learn much from books. We can learn much from education. Ultimately, it is the wisdom of God and the knowledge of Christ in an intimate and personal way that will carry us through in the toughest situations of life. Remember that God is always bigger than the circumstances.

The story is told about a proud lion who visited a tiny mouse. "Hey mouse, I'm getting married. What's the advice you can give?" the lion asked.

"Just remember this my friend, I too was a lion before I got married," said the mouse.

Do not say “I love you because you are beautiful, smart, good looking, cooks very well, do what you do, etc.” Those things fade and when they do what would you be left with? Say, “I love you for who you are and what you are to me.”

This principle still holds true. This is also the reason why we do not love God for what He can do for us but we love Him for who He is. He loves us not because of what we do but because He is love. And the closer our love for God is the closer we can have our love for each other.

Be humble; remove the illusion that we are bigger than what we really are.

Carry No Trash

Carry out random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.

Where in the world would you see passenger trains carrying trash and garbage as well? Only in the Philippines! By the time a PNR (Philippine National Railway) train reaches its main terminal in Tutuban, its roof would be full of plastic bags of garbage and trash thrown from homes along the riles (railroad tracks). 

But that was before. Now, our PNR trains have been remodeled with triangular roofs so that any trash or garbage thrown into it would not stay. Yes our trains carry no trash no more! Galing ng Pinoy!

Sana ikaw rin. Carry no trash.

God has given us good uses for these; voice for KINDNESS, ears for COMPASSION hands for CHARITY, the mind for TRUTH, and your heart for LOVE. There is peace and joy in the life of the person who knows how to use these correctly.

A Chinese Proverb

Think about it: "He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is halfway there. He who blames no one has arrived."

Always remember that when you blame you become lame. 

When someone you know specially your junior is successful, does that make you jealous or does that make you curious.

Better be curious. Find out what it takes for us to go to the next level. Refuse the temptation to sulk, whine and to blame. But channel the energy towards growth, development and improvement. This is always better.

There are those who always get themselves in the company of not-so-good people. Reconsider. Instead of being stressed figuring out why people behave the way they do, a better decision is to leave and choose a better company. 

Do not blame a clown for acting like a clown. Blame yourself for going to the circus. You are the company you keep. Choose wisely. 

K I S S

As you go through life, don't forget to KISS (Keep It Simple, STUPID!)

Don't complicate your life, your relationships, your lifestyle. Simple is beautiful, right? Make your life simple and peacefully by keeping these attitudes in mind:

Gratitude for the past. Be grateful for everything and everyone, good or bad, in your past. Trust in the future. Learn to surrender all your plans and worries to the Father. Love in the present. Do your best now in expressing your love and you will have no regrets about the past.

When I was young I was stupid and foolish and made a lot of mistakes that hurt me and others. Thinking back I have a question for the young. Are you the type of person who refuses to listen to advice, from parents or older adults? You may dismiss them (thinking they’re just old-fashioned) only to find out later that they were right. 

What you might not realize is that they might have made a similar mistake when young and learned the hard way. You could save yourself trouble if you would trust them rather than having to experience pain by insisting on your ways. 

The word foolish literally means not applying the mind. We should constantly be on the alert. Mindfulness is a very important thing.

You and I are just one step and one decision away from stupid. This is why we need to subject our decision to careful thinking and good to seek wise counsel too.

Remember, don't forget to KISS! Live simply, love much, and laugh often.

Dream On

Keep your dream alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.

The story was told about an interviewer who asked; "What would you do if one morning you woke up and found beside you $1 Million?

The American responded that he would go on a luxury tour. The Japanese said he would put up a luxury hotel. The Chinese said he'd put it all in stocks. The Filipino said he'd sleep again, so that when he woke up he'd have another million!

There are two things that can happen when we wake up in the morning; go back to bed and dream again or get up and chase your dream.

Here is how to bring our actions to the next level. Do more than care: HELP. Do more than believe: PRACTICE. Do more than belong: PARTICIPATE. Do more than be fair: BE KIND. Do more than forgive: FORGET. Do more than dream: WORK.

Everything we want is out there waiting for us to ask. Everything we want also wants us. But... we have to take action to get it.

Short Love Stories

The Pearl

Do you know how a pearl is formed? One day, while attending the wedding mass of a friend, the priest ask about this during the homily.

The pearl is formed by a clam, two halves joined together as one. In the life of the clam, a grain of sand could come in, causing much pain and discomfort. But the clam does not give up or split up. Instead, it envelops that painful, irritating grain of sand with much patience, love and perseverance, till after some time the very same painful, irritating grain of sand has become a precious pearl. 

End Part of the Bread

There is a story I read about a couple who had a beautiful golden wedding anniversary celebration. The next morning, as was his habit at breakfast for the past 50 years, he gave the end part of the bread to the wife. The wife exploded in anger, and said she was not taking that anymore, and went on a long sermon about how inconsiderate her husband was all these years.

The husband, all the while quiet, finally held the wife's hand, and said: "My dear wife, did you not know that all these years, I always thought you wanted the end part of the bread? Although it was also the part I liked most, every morning I sacrificed it out of love for you."


Honey, Sweetheart

A little boy who told his grandfather: "Grandpa, I'm so inspired that up to now, you still call grandma honey or sweetheart." Upon hearing this, the grandfather whispered to the grandson: "Don't tell this to grandma, okay? You see, I've forgotten her name!"

Normal People

I like people who understand. The type who aren't quick to judge. You can vent to them, and labeling you will be the last thing on their mind. They don't believe rumors because they know there are two sides to every story. They give you chance before they judge you. They get to know who you really are, then have an opinion. I like those type of people, real people.

One morning, in a mental asylum, an insistent reporter asked the doctor in charge how they would know if a person is "normal" already. The doctor said: "We do the bathtub test. That is, we fill the bathtub with water and give the patient a spoon, a cup, and a bucket, and ask him to empty the bathtub."

"Aha! A normal person would of course use the bucket, right? asked the reporter. "No, a normal person would just pull the drain plug! Would you want a room or a ward?" was the doctor's reply. 

Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

Happy Children's Day

A parent's unconditional love is the foundation on which children build their lives. The stronger the foundation the higher and stronger the children can build.

I heard someone say that parents are like diamond cutters. If they make the right cuts at the right angles, at the right proportions, they can produce a precious jewel. 

But if they make the wrong cuts - because of insensitivity, neglect, or recklessness - they can shatter the precious stone forever and come up with worthless pieces of glass.

Parents, are we producing precious gems, or worthless pieces of glass?

To my children... when I tell you I love you, I don't say it out of habit or to make a conversation. I say it to remind you that you're the best thing that ever happened to me. Happy children's day!

Father Remorse

Children shouldn't have to sacrifice so that you can have the life you want. You make sacrifices so your children can have the life that they deserve.

I read a sad story about a father who, while cleaning his brand new car, heard a scratching sound, and saw his eight-year old son writing something on the car door. In a fit of anger, he hit the hand of his son so hard unknowingly with a wrench that the tween had to be brought to the hospital.

When he came home, he looked at the car door and on it were the words written: "I love you Daddy".

There's nothing worse than a man that can be everything to everybody else... except a father to their own child.

A father thinks about his children day and night, even when they are not with him and he will love them forever in a way they could never understand.

Blessed Are You

I saw a tweeter message entitled "A Thanksgiving Thought" reminds me to count our blessings.

Consider this: If you have food, clothes, and a home, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have some money in the bank, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy. If you woke up healthy this morning, you are more blessed than one million who will not survive this week. If you have experienced peace and freedom, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world. If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people who cannot read at all.

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.

And this is why we need to learn living life one day at time. Doing our best and trusting God to do the rest. So, blessed are you!

I love to be in the company of positive, realistic and authentic people. They are a blessing. It has been said that you and I become the average of the five people we constantly hang around with. Our friends may be the wind beneath our wings or they may also be the anchor around our feet. So choose your friends carefully and when they choose you, make sure that you are a good choice too. Be a blessing!

The Poor Rich Man


To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is a responsibility on society as a whole.

There was once a story of a poor man and a rich man who were shipwrecked together. Who do you think survived? The poor man survived because his hands were free, while the rich man drowned because he held on and would not let go of his two bags so full of money and pieces of jewelry.

If only he gave one of his bags to the poor man; but no, selfish as he was, he held on to his riches and wealth down to his watery grave. If only he gave one of his bags, he could have helped a poor man, and he could have saved his life, he could have even saved his soul.

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money. I'd seen my father. He was a poor man, and watched him do amazing things.

"Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways." -Proverbs 28:6

Take It Easy

The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything. The better you are with your loved ones. The better you are at your job. The better you are with yourself.

A story was told about a tourist who chanced upon a fisherman strolling by the sea. Asked what he was doing, the fisherman said he was just relaxing ang taking it easy. Not wanting to let the occasion pass without teaching him a lesson, the tourist went on to advise the fisherman to work hard so that he could have more money.

"What for?" the fisherman asked. "If you have more money, then you can relax and take it easy," the tourist responded. "Well, that's what I'm doing now, relaxing and taking it easy," replied the fisherman.

Sometimes all you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breath and have faith that everything will work out for the best.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.

The Power of Words

Words, they have the power to build people up, confine people to where they are, and break people down. Choose your words carefully before you utter them to others but most importantly the words you utter to yourself must be positive. Instill belief and hope within yourself. 

A husband who always came home late at night would always try to make up by greeting his wife: "How is the beautiful mother of my three wonderful children?" Somehow, he always got away with it.

One night when the husband greeted her with his usual line, the wife who was so annoyed with his style cheerfully greeted him: "And how are you, the father of one of my three children?" Puzzled and overpowered by the statement, the husband changed from that time on and always came home early.

Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well. Don’t mix your words with your mood as you can change your mood but you can’t take back your words. 

Words are containers for power, you choose what kind of power they carry. You can also change the course of your life with your words.

Good Human Being

Goodness is a choice. You have the choice to spread goodness in the world and be an example to others of what a good human being is. 

There was once a Hindu who saw a scorpion floundering around in the water. He decided to save it by stretching out his finger, but the scorpion stung him. The man still tried to get the scorpion out of the water but the scorpion stung him again.

A man nearby told him to stop saving the scorpion that kept stinging him, but the Hindu said: "It is the nature of the scorpion to sting. It is my nature to help. Why should I give up my nature to help just because it is the nature of the scorpion to sting?"

Don't give up your goodness. Even if people around you sting. Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. Good people are like candles, they burn themselves up to give others light.

No Worries

These words have always reassured me:

Be not afraid. We should be strong and courageous in the face of weakness. We should be brave in the face of fear.

Do not worry. We should persist in the face of failure. We stand again no matter how many times we fall. 

God has a plan. We should live out our destiny no matter our hardships. We stand firm in the FAITH!

God is in control. Trust God. He is still in charge.

Did you know that the words "Be not afraid" occur more that 365 times in the Bible? Wow! That's a good reminder for every day of the year and more!

Someone once said, "Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere." Be not afraid. Do not worry. God is in control. God has a plan.


Common Cents

In 1987, Mike Hayes, a freshman at the University of Illinois, found a unique way to finance his education. He convinced a popular columnist at the Chicago Tribune to ask his readers to "send in a penny for Mike."

"Just one penny," Hayes said. "A penny doesn't mean anything to anyone. If everyone... looks around the room right now, there will be a penny under the couch cushion... or on the floor. That's all I'm asking. A penny from each of your readers."


In less than a month the fund was up to 2.3 million cents. Donations came in from all over the US, as well as Mexico, Canada, and the Bahamas. Mike eventually ended up with $28,000! The common cent just isn't worth much - unless it's added to a whole bunch of other pennies. 


The strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it.


God looks at the heart, not the hand and the giver, not the gift.


20 Don'ts to Remember

Treasure every moment and live each day to the fullest.

1. Don't wait for time. Make it.
2. Don't wait for love. Feel it.
3. Don't wait for money. Earn It.
4. Don't wait for path. Find it.
5. Don't wait for opportunity. Create It.
6. Don't settle for less. Get the best.
7. Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.
8. Don't compare. Be unique.
9. Don't avoid failure. Use it.
10. Don't dwell on mistakes. Learn from them.
11. Don't back down. Go around.
12. Don't close your eyes. Open your mind.
13. Don't run from life. Embrace and enjoy it.
14. Don't remember the dates. Remember the moments.
15. Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
16. Don't force someone to remember you all the time. Just stay silent and let them realize how will they be without you in their life.
17. Don't feel bad if people remember you only when they need you. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.
18. Don't forget to KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid!
19. Don't stop to PUSH. Pray Until Something Happens.
20. --please write your comment below for #20-- 

"Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart." - Psalm 90:12

Too Much Talk

I read somewhere that the average person speaks 30,000 words a day! Some may be more! There is always the temptation to talk too much, to keep rewinding and to keep right on talking.

Some people believe that being the loudest in the room makes them look strong. It may appear that way for some uninformed individuals. What they don't know is the more they talk, the more information they reveal about themselves.

My suggestion is this: If only you cut down 50 percent of what you usually and often unnecessarily say, you'll have more peace, and the people around you will have more peace.

Try it. Cut down 50%! Busy hands achieve more than idle tongues. Do not underestimate the power of silence.

Take Responsibility

There are so many times when we would ask God to change our situation and then later on discover that He actually uses the situation to change us. The phrase “do not be afraid” appears 365 times in the Bible. Perhaps it is a daily reminder that we can trust Him to be fearless.

Do not give up hope. Some people are stuck while others continue to experience victories in life. Perhaps those that are not moving forward are still holding the victim’s card; playing the blame-game.

Many problems can be solved and progress achieved if we understand the power of these two words: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Own the situation. Take charge. Configure a strategy and make things happen.

Life is not lost by dying, life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small self-defeating ways.

A Life Story

A 24 year old boy is looking out from the train’s window shouted, “Dad, look, the trees are going behind!” Dad smiled while a young couple sitting nearby looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity when suddenly he again exclaimed, “Dad, look, the clouds are running with us!”

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man, “Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”

The old man smiled and said, “I did and we just came from the hospital, my son was blind from birth and he just got his eyes today.

Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.

Funny Wedding Moment

Before the wedding of Pepe and Pilar began, the groom spoke to the priest and said, “Father, I’d appreciate that during the wedding vows, you would omit the difficult parts.” “What difficult parts?” the priest asked. “You know Father, just don’t say anymore the for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health thing. Just leave those lines out.” He then slipped a crisp P1,000 into the priest's pocket and walked away, smiling.

During the wedding vows, the priest looked at Pepe and said, “Pepe, do you take Pilar as your lawfully wedded wife for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, serving her breakfast in bed everyday, washing the dishes and doing the laundry everyday, cleaning the house everyday till death do you part?” Pepe appeared like a train ran over him, and with a very weak voice, he croaked, “I do.”

After the wedding, Pepe walked up to the priest and asked, “Father, I thought we had a deal?” The priest slipped back the P1,000 into Pepe’s pocket and said, “Sorry, your new wife gave me P10,000.”

He is Sufficient

Have you ever been in a situation wherein you had no other options but to pray? I have. You will never know that God is all you need until God is all you’ve got. I love that thought, mean so much to me. And may I add... God Himself is sufficient for me. And He is for you too. Let go and let God.

If there's a particular event happening in your life that is freaking you out, a situation in your life at the moment that is causing you extreme aggravation, anxiety and worry... PRAY. Control your emotions. Ask for help. Think deeply and look at the bigger picture. Sometimes a tragedy might turn out to be an opportunity. If you handle it correctly. 

Life can not be changed in a minute but a decision taken in a minute changes everything in life. Always stay calm before you decide. Pray. There are many occasions in our life wherein we need God’s wisdom to discern and to decide.

If God took something away from your grasp, He's not punishing you. But simply emptying your hand for you to receive something better.

Do To Others

Isn’t it strange that in some cases, when you treat other people the very same way they treated you they get upset and accuse you of being unfair?

Don’t forget the rule: Do to others what you want others do to you. If this were the case then there won’t be too many fights, conflicts or even wars.

We are works in progress and my personal hope is that you and I reach the level wherein our moods and emotions are no longer influenced by other people’s comments or opinions. Keep on improving because we are not defined by other people’s judgement. Just do what needs to be done and do it with excellence. One day the results will be its loudest and strongest argument.

Don't let other people’s negative opinions decide our future. No need to fight those useless battles. Just concentrate on doing right and doing things excellently. Grow in character-integrity and eventually we will begin to have successes. 

Ask Questions

Kids love asking questions. They’re funny too. One boy asked, why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes? When told that Adam and Eve lived thousands of years BC. The kid asked, does BC stands for Before Clothing?

The wise person is not afraid to ask questions. It is not a sign of ignorance it is a sign of curiosity. Somebody says a person who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; a person who never asks is a fool forever. Keep asking.

Do you try to avoid problems by running away or do you deal with problems by simply ignoring them? One is escapism and the other one is denial. Guess what? The problems don’t go away on their own! The best thing to do is to face them head-on. Ask help from friends and do not keep it to yourself. You are not alone. Go through the process. Learn from the experience. This is how you grow tougher and wiser.

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