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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