Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Way to Live a Genuinely Successful Life

I wrote this on my FB wall in 2013.  I am glad it is still my exact same sentiment to date.  

Here are the final lines of Bill Strickland's book that I would like to share with all of you before I go back to planning my work and working my plan:
"You don't have to be rich and famous to take on such a mission. You don't even have to be a world leader, a CEO of a major corporation, a genius, or a saint. You don't have to move to the slums of Calcutta or live on the plains of Darfur. You don't even have to leave your neighborhood. Every day, the world invites you to make a difference. You only need to recognize these and respond in a way that suits your ambitions, your values, your resources, and your passion. Few of us have the stuff to become another Gandhi, Mandela, Mother Teresa, or Martin Luther King Jr. But all of us can be part of the same continuum of heroic humanitarianism, in however modest way. Owning up to the responsibilities you have to the earth and to the people you share it with makes you more whole and more human-in small but important ways. If we can only get enough engaged human beings walking the planet, if we could fill the streets with people living lives based on responsibility and compassion, if more of us led lives that left us spiritually nourished, eased our fears, gave us the meaningful and fulfilling kind of success that all human hearts long for, then a lot of the problems that plague us as a society would start taking care of themselves.
We can start living that life in this moment. No step is too small. Pick up some trash. Check on an elderly neighbor. Volunteer at school or a homeless shelter. Commit yourself to a passion that moves you. But whatever you do, don't do it out of obligation or because you think service to others will help you earn some imaginary set of angel's wings. Do it because it is the only way to live a genuinely successful life. It is the only way to bring real purpose into your life and to understand what genuine success truly means. "
I don't know this guy. This book "Make the impossible Possible" appeared interesting that is why I read it but it struck a chord in me. It is rooted from real, profound experiences. To my friends who are in the business of education, many are called but truly only few are chosen. It is the little things that we do, that sometimes may not even be known to the people around us, that will truly spell out the difference. It's giving kids more faith in themselves, treating them humanely and with the respect they deserve, providing them with a safe and loving environment, and setting high expectations from them that will make life on this earth worth living. Its hard and outside our comfort zone, but that's the beauty of it because it is a true labor of love. It is that inner knowing that after they have left our school's portals, they will create a ripple effect and make positive changes in the world around them whether in simple or profound ways.
"Movie Marathon"

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Affirmation and Appreciation

My Instagram friend, Tami Ortega, asked me to draw something for her for "my daily confetti," a beautiful IG account she owns (she has a picturesqe all, its just such an amazing and creative account with wonderful odds and ends). Upon posting her message for me in her Facebook page, I couldn't help but smile and feel inwardly happy (the kind that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling) because this is one example of affirmation and appreciation, something we all look forward to receiving. When we get likes from other people (or in IG, hearts), it feels really good, like getting literal plus points or stars (the one stamped on your hand). Whenever I receive positive comments, I actually feel good about it that I also try my absolute best to comment and show appreciation, where appreciation is due. 

Friends and family (well, mostly family) would ask me, why I spend (too much) time on IG or FB (even Blogger) when I have a million and one things to do (with dissertation writing on the top of that list). My answer to this apart from having a breather from the rigors of academic obligations and revisiting the side of me that screams out literature and humanities (my undergraduate degree), I like receiving and giving appreciation. I love seeing how people are able to express themselves creatively. It is human nature. I enjoy seeing the wondrous and beautiful reflective of a person's hardwork, patience, cleverness, creativity, and attention to detail. From art production to art appreciation and artful thinking whether visual, musical, kinesthetic, or multi-modal, I just get sooooo inspired. Even my best friend Joy, when she would post her food adventures and travels (sometimes with even famous chefs inset), I see that there is true satisfaction in her as she is doing what she loves to do (does blogging for Dep Ed count? Haha). 

So, a big thanks is extended to everyone who are generous with praise, who only have good words for others, and who  choose to give and receive that which is positive and good. 

A blessed Sunday everyone!

The adage "praise in public, criticize in private" will always stand true in my books. 

A big thanks again to Tami Ortega. Please follow her (mydailyconfetti) on facebook for snippets of happiness to be upon you. 😊😍😊

How I stumbled into Drawing Again

I began drawing again with much vigor and interest during a power outage which lasted for a full day and a half. With no computer, no internet, and howling winds, all my kids and I started doing other things - my daughter worked on her loom bands, my 4-year old son started drawing and coloring, while my other son browsed through books and magazines. So, am I thankful for this renewed interest? Of course I am. Its just that now, I can't seem to stop especially when stressed out with writing academic stuff. Oh well...haha!

Sometimes I don't even know why I draw what I draw. It just somehow unfolds. The fine point pen has power of its own...or maybe its just my hand. 

I Wink

I wink
I blink 
I sigh 
I cry
I fret
Be upset
Then forget
Wink again
Blink again
Think again
Sink again
That's life
Stay chill
No frills
Disappointment, they come
Stay put, don't run
It's just a phase, just a craze
Wink again, its done
- by Trishca