21 September, 2019

There are things, values that we find very important and dear to us. These things that we believe in are the same things that we live for and if the time comes, will fight for. And eventually, we'd like to instill and pass these on to our children, or future kids in my case, because we know that these will help guide them and make them the best persons that they can be.

I was so inspired by these Daily Prompts from Daily Post. The discovery of them from Elizabeth's ( such a wonderful gal ) Monday Motivation posts came at a good time. I was going through some rough patches the past couple of days. I don't want to entertain the negativity and I'm just glad to have discovered Daily Posts. I needed to find something that would help channel in the good vibes.

Believe. Believe. Believe.

1) Education makes a difference.
I believe that education is non-negotiable and I have so much respect for those who may not have enough but still work their way to be able to go to school. The journey to finishing school is a looooong one and a killer. Yet at the finish line, you reap the benefits. People will debate on what I just said, but for me, education is a must.

My Mom & Dad have always told my brother and I that our education is the best gift that they could give us. They'd always tell us that no one can take this away from us. I'm glad that both my parents saw education as an investment and they did ensure that we'd get the best. I will always be grateful for that. We were pushed, constantly reminded, and always guided to ensure that we finish school without getting into any of those teenage troubles ( probably one of the greatest fears of any parent ) — my Mom made sure of that. I sometimes wonder if I can do the same, but what I do know is how I will do everything in my powers ( in the future ) to give my children the same kind of education ( or even a better one ) that my parents gave me.

2) Be good in doing good.
I believe that we should always have the courage and the integrity to think good and do good to ourselves, to others, to strangers, to our communities. While it may not always be a walk in the park, it's up to find this courage to do what is right despite challenges, hard times, competition, and temptation. And yes, our intentions also count. While it is easier said than done, bear in mind there's karma. It's there, it works full time, and it happens. What you think and what you do to others, whether good or bad, it comes back to you.

Complaining vs Gratitude

On complaining and gratitude

I'm on the fourth assignment in Celes' Gratitude Journal Challenge. I'm a bit behind but it should still be okay. You know what they say, "Better late than never."Ö I wasn't able to do this for 14 straight days, but I'm still doing it anyways. The task-at-hand is simple: Reflect on gratitude and its place in our lives.

One of the reasons why I love the blogging communities that I'm part of, Instagram, Google+, and Twitter ( most people have become more responsible now ) more than Facebook is because my feed does not get bombarded with gripes, complaints, rants, and fault-finding posts. This isn't a holier-than-thou statement. I'm sure you've had your share of Facebook dramas on your news feed. We all have at least 1 woe-to-me FB friend who incessantly complains as if he or she is the only person who has problems in this worlds. This has become one of my social media pet peeves simply because all the unnecessary hate and drama are not healthy. I have ignored some, others I have un-followed.

I'm not saying that we should always have something to post. I make a conscious effort to watch what I post on social media. Although very rare, I've had moments when I just felt that I needed to vent out. But to be chronic complainer is a different story. Diba? Minsan, ang OA lang ng iba. I'm sure you've encountered people who love to complain, rant, complain, rant, and complain — both online and offline. It is this kind of culture that easily made me see what gratitude is in my life.

What does the word gratitude mean to you?
It's simple: Gratitude is about not taking anything or anyone for granted. Gratitude has to be expressed and shown in the present and not when it's too late.

Why is it important to practice gratitude in your life?
It's important to practice gratitude because it makes you the bigger person and it gives you peace of mind knowing that you're able to show that you value a colleague. It brings you joy knowing that you're able to show your mom or your dad that you appreciate all that they do. There's a fulfillment when you're able to give recognition to that hardworking person in your team who's made your group shine. And, despite challenges and setbacks at work, which are perfectly normal, you go home with a sense of accomplishment knowing that you have a job that brings good food on your dining table, a job that gives you the means to visit other countries, a job that opens doors for more opportunities.

3 things that I'm grateful for today are:
›  I recently made a big purchase for my Mom and it's fulfilling to see her genuinely happy because of this gift.
›  I am waiting for something but I don't know if I'll ever get it. Nevertheless, the spark of hope that I get from it brings me joy.
›  It feels great when you know that your thoughts and your words matter to important people.

What three things are you thankful for today?
☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Happy Vibes. RUSS.

Other Gratitude Journal Entries
Day 01 - 10 Things I'm Grateful For
Day 02 - Give Thanks for Your Food
Day 03 - A Gratitude Note


Handwritten letters and notes are probably starting to become a lost art. I really didn't want to say that, but it's an unwanted reality that has been happening for a while. Times have changed and the digital age has made a lot of things easier and more convenient with a single button. While I am thankful for the gift of convenience that technology has given us, I am ( still ) one of the old souls who like to write letters, send postcards to friends, and pass notes to colleagues. I find happiness when I receive handwritten letters or cards. And most importantly, I get a sense of fulfillment and joy when I give one myself.


I've kept every single letter, note, postcard, and card that I have received from family and friends since I was a little girl. Through the years, these handwritten letters have lessened because most people prefer to send their well wishes and greeting via SMS, Facebook, Viber, e-mail, WhatsApp, etc. But, I have friends, who like me, take time out of their busy schedules to write.

Thank You Note
My little note for Manny ...

It took me a while to do this assignment because I waited for the right moment to give a present to the person that was top-of-mind when I read what I'm supposed to do. I didn't pick a friend or a relative, but I chose someone who I consider one of my everyday heroes. Gratitude Challenge Day 5: Identify 3 Things to Appreciate About Your Adversary

Gratitude Journal, Assignment 03 
One of my everyday heroes in 2014 and up to today, is Manny. He is the guy who dutifully cleans my work area, wipes my desk, mops the floor, and takes out my trash before 8 o' clock in the morning. He religiously does all these things for as long as I can remember — every single day. He never misses. Well, except for this one time when he got sick for a few days but that was it. I have never heard or seen him complain.

Another thing that I like about Manny is how he never fails to greet me with a sincere "Good Morning" each time he sees me walk to my place in the morning.

Last Christmas, Manny was #1 on my list. It felt great to let him know that he is valued and what he does is appreciated. You know what they say, clutter, a dirty work area, and all other unnecessary stuff on your desk block the flow of chi. And Manny here, helps me start my day right because he helps attract positive energy into my work area.Ü

Everyday Hero
Manny is one of the most hardworking and happy people I know.

Manny didn't write me back, but the big smile I got when he said thank you to me was more than enough. He knows that I am grateful that we have him around in the office and I hope that my other colleagues value him the same way that I do. After reading this post, I hope you find time to say thank you to someone who's been a hero to you this year. Lemme know how it goes.

3 things that I'm grateful for today are:
›  My Hong Kong trip next month is a go.
›  Because of the holidays and extra no-work days that P-Noy declared, I got almost 2 whole weeks of precious rest.
›  2014 may have been tough, but it was also a year that opened doors for me aka my promotion!Ü ( I can finally talk about it! )
☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Happy Vibes. RUSS.

Other Gratitude Journal Entries
Day 02 - Give Thanks for Your Food
Day 03 - A Gratitude Note
Day 04 - The Place of Gratitude in My Life