PONDER: Be your own Hero


These are not my words. It’s something I want to share and keep here so I can read it whenever I need to be reminded.

Don’t stop being who you want to be – who you’re willing to become – just because people have a painting of who you’re mapped out to be. Focus on yourself. Challenge yourself. Become the person you know you can become. Don’t let anyone make decisions for how you’re going to be or where you’ll end up. It’s not their story you’re writing. It’s yours. Let change be your own. Let who you are be a cause for the kind of change you want in your life. You have the ability to make your own choices and the capability to lead your own life.

Be your own change. Be your own savior. And most of all, Be your own Hero.

  • -Braverhope

BOOK REVIEW : THE GIFT OF ACABAR BY OG MANDINO


For his Christmas Gift, Roumel gave me a book, stated above.

From the site of Goodreads, ”All Tulo had wanted was some light and warmth to sustain him and his tiny sister through the terrible storm. But the star which he caught in the folds of his red kite promised far from more than that. Here is the shining, joyful message meant not only for the boy but for all those who dream of changing their lives for the better.”

Some things that you might want to think about from the book:

  1. One can always find a seed of happiness in every adversity if one looks for it.
  2. It is possible not only to survive but also to grow tall and flourish, even under the worst of conditions.
  3. Always seek an explanation to everything. (Question anything and everything)
  4. Great minds need books on which to feed as much as the reindeer need the moss to survive or winters.
  5. The opportunity and challenge to work with a gifted child rarely comes to a teacher. (which is sad, right?)
  6. There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
  7. Magic will only work with those who are ready to help themselves.
  8. We can make any dream come true if we work hard, ask for god’s help and never give up.
  9. We are all caught in the same trap and e gave no one to blame but ourselves for this helpless condition we are in.
  10. We have traded our heredity for silly luxuries.
  11. Of all the planets with life in the entire universe, earth is the only one where people have been given a very special power: the power of choice. Only here, no matter how desperate your circumstances may be, are you allowed to influence your own destiny through the choices you make. Here, you can choose to be kind, or hateful, courageous, cowardly, rich or poor, lazy or industrious, sinful or holy.. and of course suffer the consequences or reap the rewards of your actions.
  12. No accuser lives who is as powerful as the conscience which dwells within us.
  13. It is not necessary that you be wealthy or famous or genius in order to fulfil your own destiny. All that is asked is that you use whatever gifts you have to the best of your ability.
  14. To struggle is the only certain way to reach your full potential.
  15. Wealth and fame area as fleeting as the wind, and those things doomed to perish bring pleasure to no one. Whatever you want from life, never forget that any goal is futile if you must work hard to get it – and harder to keep it.
  16. The greatest lie that has ever circulated is that money can make you happy. The second greatest lie is that success and fame are worth any sacrifice.
  17. We are rich only through what we give and poor only through what we keep.

And according to the star Acabar, below is the Credenda that we should live by:

Turn away from the crowd & its fruitless pursuit of fame & gold. Never look back as you close your door to the sorry tumult of greed and ambition. Wipe away your tears of failure & misfortune. Lay aside your heavy load and rest until your heart is still. Be at peace. Be unafraid. Nothing here can harm you except yourself. Do that which you dread & cherish those victories with pride. Concentrate your energy. To be everywhere is to be nowhere. Be jealous of your time since it is your greatest treasure. Reconsider your goals. Before you set your heart too much on anything, examine first how happy they are who already possess what you desire. Love your family & count your blessings. Reflect how eagerly they would be sought if you did not have them. Put aside your impossible dreams and complete the task at hand no matter how distasteful. All great achievements come from working and waiting. Be patient. God’s delays are never God’s denials. What you sow, good or evil, that you will reap. Never blame your condition on others. You are what you are through your choice alone. Learn to live with honest poverty. Never meet trouble halfway. Always learn from others. Do not overload your conscience. Avoid boasting. Be wise. Realize that not all men are created equal, for there is no equality in nature, yet no man was ever born whose work was not born with him. Love everyone, even those who deny you, for hate is a luxury  you cannot afford. Seek out those in need. Be of good cheer. Above all, remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Look up. Reach out. Cling siply to God & journey quietly on your pathway to forever with charity and smile. 

 

THOUGHTS: 2015 Goals


Okay, I didn’t say Goals. I said, Achievable. We have this certain notion every new year to write our yearly goals or create our vision boards and yet, we don’t really stick to them. Do we?

So instead of saying I’ll achieve a six pack abs for 2015, I’d say:

1. Workout thrice a week. Whatever it may be, dancing to the beat of wiggle wiggle on a 1 hr zumba video, going back to my pole dancing, running around triangle, playing badminton or simply a workout inside my room. Thrice a week. Hopefully it gets me a more toned middle area and a toned arms.

2. Save. I cannot stress it enough. I need to save. I noticed that by around March, my bank account is doing okay. But when December comes, let alone January, I’m back to square one. Grabe. Saving is so hard. Saving is one of my hardest climb. Gah.

3. Invest. Invest in the Stock Market. Not in a Money Market placement but in stocks. Risky, yes. But I will have to take advantage of my working — being in a bank where I get more information on financial status and updates. First quarter of 2015, I will.

4. Travel More. As they say, this is the only way to send your money that gets you richer, ain’t it? On my list: Ilocos – ohmygod. pagbigyan na ko, parang awa. Siargao, Sumilon Island, Batanes, Bantayan Island and Calaguas.

5. Hike. As it gets you to see the world in another view. Oh please. So really, How can I save? Hihihi. On my list: Mt. Pinatubo, ofcourse. Taal Volcano, Mt. Batulao, Mt. Batoluson, Mt. Pulag, Mt. Gulugod – Baboy, Mt. Maculot, and Pico de Loro.

6. Hydrate. I am the most non-liquid drinker there is. I can go on a day without drinking anything, and the bad thing is; I don’t mind. I only ever have to drink when the food I am eating is spicy or something. So now, I’ll drink water at least 6 glasses or so.

7. Smile often. I have heard time and again, people have been telling me that my face says ‘get away!’. My face, my eyes and the way I carry myself is so unfriendly. So my resolution? Talk to people, Smile and Smile and Smile.

8. Go to church / chapel atleast twice a week. One is doable, ofcourse as we go to mass every sunday. During my darkest time, I go to Greenbelt Chapel every so often. So now, I’m bringing it back. It doesn’t have to be everyday. But atleast, twice a week to update and just talk. 🙂

9. Read more. I have been reading. I have been reading more compared to most people. But what I mean here is, I’ll try to read more sensible books, read the newspaper or news from social media, politics, money, corporate updates and actually remember them.

10. See people. Say Yes. A lot of my friends has been telling that I am wrapped in a big bubble of friends. And that friends alone. So now, I’ll schedule a date with my other friends too. And say Yes to more invites!