Monthly Archives: November 2014

Among the things that war against our excelling still more are our individual quitting points - points where we tend to give up. This is where some person or task tests your patience to a certain limit and you say, "That's it! I'm through!" This can happen on our jobs, in dealing with our children or in our struggles with temptation. Every single one of us has quitting points. What are some of yours?
Maybe you have a low tolerance for problems in relationships. When things are running smooth, everything's fine. But what happens when the temperature begins to rise and the two of you don't see eye to eye on things like you used to? You feel the heat. Finally, when the relationship thermometer hits 104 degrees (98 or 84), you say, "That's it! I'm not taking this anymore. I'm out of here!"
When we reach a certain level of physical, emotional, or mental pain, we reach a quitting point and our systems begin to shut down. This quitting point can be the result of past habits, or it may simply be our predetermined tolerance level for problem solving. Whatever the cause, we bail out predictable consistency at that certain quitting point.
On a pain threshold of 1 to 10 - 1 being the "no pain at all" and 10 being the "Extremely painful" - how do you do? When a situation gets to be a 4, is that your quitting point? When someone gives you trouble or doesn't accept your suggestions, when things don't go exactly the way you want them to, do you start counting, "One, two, three, four! That's it! I'm through!" and bail out?
The devil is shrewd. He may be defeated, but he's not stupid. He is crafty and deceptive, and he would love nothing better than to take down as many of God's children as he can before his time is up. And you can bet that he knows your quitting points.
I'll bet Satan has statistical records on each of us, like a college football coach keeps on the players of opposing teams. He has a file with your name on it, and in this file is a graph plotting all your common quitting points. He keeps a running tally of these things. The devil knows if, on a pain threshold of 1 to 10, you bail out at 5.5 every time. So how does he use that information?
The devil knows that whatever you need to do to sidestep pain or consequences, you'll do it. Even if it means going against your faith, your family or God's plans for your future. If you are unwilling to break through your quitting points, you will let the avoidance of pain become your god. Then all the devil needs to do is cause some rumblings, a little seismic activity in your life, to begin to undermine your resolve. It could begin with a minor complaint or a criticism about your weight or performance that demoralizes a relationship. It could be further damaged by the loss of someone close to you that you refuse to release. Your frustration may be further exacerbated by a financial loss or health setback. Soon the thermometer reaches 104 degrees, and you know what's coming next. Some people simply bail out, others blow up in anger, while others use their circumstances as an excuse to dive into the bottle or an affair.
One measure of a man or woman is what it takes to get him or her to bail out of a commitment, whether it be a marriage, a friendship or a faith. What is the threshold of your quitting point?

For you have need of endurance so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. (Hebrew 10:36)

Circle the word "endurance" in your heart and mind, for you need endurance to break through those quitting points and keep moving forward.
Make a decision now to change. Increase your capacity to deal with problems and discover how much more fruitful life can be. 

Today I remember my Dad. This is the 12th anniversary of my Dad's date of joining the Almighty. I tried to browse of the pictures we had before, when Dad was forced to take pictures with the family and for pictures when there are occasions like birthdays and birthdays. Haha
Picture of Dad attending a wedding as a principal sponsor. Can't remember who was married that time. πŸ˜€
I got some of the blurry photos from my sister's file. I am away from home so I am only able to get soft copies of poorly scanned pictures. These may be blurry but the memories of my Dad is still so vivid in my mind. I could still remember his lessons about life. 
My Dad and Mom with my batch.haha we are the second batch of kids. The baby is our youngest sister.
Mom and Dad with my Siblings.
What Dad taught me about life?
1. Excellence - he was the one who actually pushed me beyond my limits. He was the one who challenged me every now and then to give more. To get less than your best is mediocrity, to perform without excellence, is for him, not performance at all. He is always at the watchtower of success and he keeps telling me to come closer to the highest peak. He is my ultimate challenger in almost everything. He said, "I know you're a bright kid (my heart enlarged a thousand times) but you're not using your intelligence! Your teacher says you got these honors, but you don't show it in your work." I could never understand that. I was only performing at school for the sake of passing. It wasn't really my concern to get achievements, until he told me I can do more. I have become aware that there are more to life than what I already got.
2. Dream - he taught me to dream. He has traveled to places so he usually tell me stories of countries he visited. He told me wonderful things about the world, and made me want to travel more. I guess this is where I got my being an explorer (lakwatsero). He told me about the world and what I could achieve. He basically, make me dream. 
3. Hard-work and Discipline - he doesn't like a weakling. He don't let anyone get in the way of achieving goals. He, most of the time, don't accept excuses. He has made me strong by making me courageous. At a young age, I would have to wake up early around 4:00 am to get some woods (panggatong), and all kinds of vegetables, ingredients (if I could call it) for feeding our hogs. At a young age, I get to conquer my fear of darkness. 4:00 am is still dark, but we are already sent to go out and do our tasks. 
4. Humility - I am struggling on this. You see, I don't really see myself as humble, most of the time I boast. (yeah, sorry! πŸ™ but that's how I really act.) However, Dad was so humble that he gave me a great example, if he knew he was wrong he would say "sorry", even to me, his son. He will reach out and say "sorry son, I was wrong." I am struggling on this, because I usually find it hard to say sorry. Most of the time, I just don't talk, because I know I was wrong! (yeah, such arrogance!), but I am working on it. I do pray, I will be able to practice humility soonest.
5. A lot more. I can't enumerate everything, but these by far, are the things I could tell right now. There are a lot of things that he's done in my life. He's made an impact in my life, even after his death. Even my profession was his choice, which I love right now. πŸ™‚ I guess my siblings can also share their thoughts. πŸ™‚
Today, I honor my Dad. I thank God for giving me such a great Daddy who really is a man in the family! Dad, I know I didn't say this much to you, "I love you!"
And to you, who is reading this, I hope when you get the chance to tell your loved ones, how much you love them. Tell them. The best time to tell them is now. Simple text message. Simple call. Simple card. Simple and random act of care and love would be much appreciated in one way or another. 
I encourage everyone right now, to live their lives with the intention of living a positive imprint in the world. Stay positive! Stay inspired! Stay awesome!

The majority, many times, is a group of highly motivated snails. If a thousand people say something foolish, it is still foolish. Truth is never dependent upon consensus of opinion.
In 1 Peter 2:9 the Bible says of us Christians, "Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." Romans 12:2 exhorts us, "And be not conformed to this world, but be ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."
One of the greatest compliments that anyone can give you is to say, "You're different!" Christians live in this world, but we are aliens. We should talk differently, act differently, and perform differently. We should stand out.
There should be something different about you. If you do not stand out in a group, if there is not something unique or something in your life, you should re-evaluate yourself.
One way to stand head-and-shoulders above the crowd is to choose to do regular, ordinary things in an extraordinary and supernatural way - with great enthusiasm. God has always some of His very best work through "ordinary" against them. In fact, God sided with the underdog in every battle described in the Bible - the minority.
Majority rule is not always right. It is usually those people who do not have dreams or visions of their own who want to take a vote on everything. People who are part of a group tend to agree on courses of action that they as individuals know are not right.
Don't be persuaded or dissuaded by group opinion. It does not make any difference what anyone else believes; you must believe. Never take direction for your personal life from a crowd. Never choose to quit just because somebody disagrees with you. In fact, the two worst things you can say to yourself when you get an idea are: "That's never been done before," and "That's been done before!" Someone else's failure in a certain area does not guarantee your failure.
Be a pioneer and stand out! Do not be afraid to get hit with a few arrows!

A man who wants to learn needs a teacher. A teacher is not perfect, but he has failed so many times than the student has tried. So, when it seems like what the teacher said is useless and vain, choose not to question its wisdom and do it. It's more productive to keep working on what he instructs you to do, rather than trying to understand and figure out the reason why he asked to do an activity.
I am blessed to have this man in the process of learning, he's trained so many players, he's been playing since time immemorial (at least in my perspective) and he's got a lot to say about my posture, my style, my movement, and about this sport (tennis).

With sir Jun Tusloc, known to be one of the best if not the only best, in training players of tennis.
In the court, no lawyer, no auditor, no accountant, no director, no position in play, only players, equal footing with the rest. He taught me a lot of things today. He was patient enough to push me. And just when I wanted to stop smashing and chasing those balls he's thrown at me, he keeps saying, five more, four more, three more, two more, one more.... Just when we wanted to rest and even give up, we just need someone to push us a little bit harder to move and learn.
I can feel the productivity of my exercise/practice today. I am glad people has been amazingly generous with their time, effort and resources, I know this is an expensive sport (at least for me, so don't argue, haha), but with the generosity of the people around me, I get to play, with little cost to start. Although, I do plan to invest (time and money) more on this. 
I could relate this to the book I've just recently finished reading "Cry of the Tiger" which is a story of the greatness of Kung Fu as a discipline, and how he's struggled to go train with his grandfather, who held the title of being a Grandmaster in the art and discipline of Kung Fu. He was complaining in his mind, but he gets to sleep at night almost immediately because his body is too tired to complain and think. He was all the while hated all the hardship and pain of training, but he did not quit. And towards the end of his training, he realized he's become way greater than he was when he first stood in front of the grandmaster.
Book's cover "Cry of the Tiger"
We all need a "grandmaster" to teach us, to be good at what we want to learn, I am blessed to have sir Jun. I have way more to go, but I am excited to continue, because I know I am trained by the best. 
I will push myself until I get to swing the racket properly, until I get the mastery of forehand and backhand, until I get to play properly without sir Jun. For now, I will keep practicing. I will keep bearing this in mind.
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Have a blessed Sunday every one! Continue to enjoy life and bless others! πŸ™‚

Let's  take this Two Minute Organizing Quiz. Because I want you to take this quiz honestly, I will ask you to answer the questions honestly first before looking at the meaning of your scores. 
This post is intended for you to assess yourself on how good you are at doing the "organizing" stuff. But if you are not, don't despair, I will keep posting DIY and Self-help organizing tips here. So you can come back or subscribe. 
So, first off, let me tell you. I am not writing this because I am excellent at organizing. But I am starting to get organized and I love the benefits, I have accomplished things, way more than I have imagined. And I want to share the benefit of increased productivity mainly because, I started to get organized. 
Now, take a small piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Just write "Yes" or "No" for each of the 10 questions asked. This is a simple one.
Here we go.

  1. I feel in control of my office.
  2. I immediately put things where they belong.
  3. I keep a well-organized filing system.
  4. My projects move forward well.
  5. I keep my email in-box cleared.
  6. All inappropriate, broken, and non-working things are gone.
  7. My calendar or planner works well for me.
  8. The papers on my bulletin board are fresh and current.
  9. My furniture looks good and works well.
  10. I balance my work and family life.
Now that you've honestly answered the questions, let's take a look at what your score means. Do you think you have what it takes to be organized? Are you already organized a person? Are you struggling to get organized?
Tally five points for each "yes".
50-40 points - Congratulations! You're doing really well! May you stop and share with this blog's readers your tricks? Please? πŸ™‚
39-30 - Doing good! Make a few key improvements and you'll be a much happier camper, producing work much more efficiently.
29-20 - Help is on the way. Apply the technique I am sharing here. You can view some tips from this post where I gave the clutter-causing personality with their quick fixes.
19-1 - Keep this blog on your favorites. Bookmark this! But seriously, it really is your lifeline to sanity and productivity. Slowly address your areas of greatest need and your office will become your best business partner. Otherwise, you are sunk! I suggest you start here.

Misery wants your company. But, you don't have to let it in the door. In Proverbs 27:19 (TLB) we read, "A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses." Proverbs 13:20 tells us, "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." We become like those with whom we associate.
We need to be careful of the kind of insulation we use in our lives. We need to insulate ourselves from negative people and ideas. But we should never insulate ourselves from Godly counsel and wisdom.
A number of years ago I found myself at a stagnation point in my life. I was unproductive and unable to see God's direction clearly. One day I noticed that almost all of my friends were in the same situation. When we got together, our problems were all we talked about. As I prayed about this matter, God showed me that I needed "foundational-level" people in my life. Such people bring out the best in us and influence us to become better people. They cause us to have greater faith and confidence and to see things from God's perspective. After being with them, our spirits and our sights are raised.
I have found that it is better to be alone than in the wrong company. A single conversation with the right person can be more valuable than years of study.
The Lord showed me that I needed to change my closest associations, and that I needed to have contact with the right people on a regular basis. These were men of strong faith, people who made me a better person when I was around them. They were the ones who saw the gifts in me and could correct me in a constructive, loving way. My choice to change my closest was a turning point in my life.
When you surround yourself with the right kind of people, you enter into the God-ordained power of agreement. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 (TLB) states:

Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he is in trouble. And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

You need to steer clear of negative-thinking experts. Remember: in the eyes of average people, average is always considered outstanding. Look carefully at your closest association, because it's an indication of the direction you're heading.
Your best friends are those who brings out the best in you!
(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")
If you like this post, or you learned something from this, please do hit like and share. Thanks! Stay positive, inspired and feel awesome! πŸ™‚

I have always been describing myself as the optimistic, the proactive, the positive-thinker. I come across a photo of these insights, so I decided to share it here, and spread the positivity. . . πŸ™‚

  1. Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.
  2. Relationships should help you, not hurt you.
  3. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be.
  4. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you - people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it.
  5. Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
  6. When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be YOU -- and being YOU is the only way to truly live.
Stay positive. Stay inspired. Stay awesome!
Hit like to spread the good vibes! πŸ˜€

The photo above was taken by yours truly last Monday. In this busy and almost always hurried life, I reckon we sometimes need to pause and appreciate what's around us.
I was on my way home, hurrying to drop by a grocery store to pick up some of my personal necessities, when this picture caught my attention and I ended up telling myself, "wait, I have to take this picture!" Indeed, pictures are everywhere, and you just need to take them.
This is one of the random pictures I took using my phone,  I usually enjoy taking B&W photos, I like it raw and its simplicity exudes the pictures' antics and luxury.
Just to be clear though, I am not in a Black & White challenge going on facebook. This is my personal choice to take and share my appreciation nature.
So, what's in this picture that caught your attention?
  1. I love the sunset. It means that each busy and seemingly tiring day will have an end. Just like the brightest day with the sun at its fullest shine, it has to rest and set. Our days, circumstances, and challenges too shall pass and set.
  2. That when life starts to darken, we would need some light. I saw the billboard's light are on that early, so when there's darkness, there's the "light" that shines over that billboard and allow it to show its existence. In the same way, we too need light, our light could be in the form of friends or family.
  3. That even if you stand so tall in the midst of every one, you cannot stay in pride and percolate grandeur without someone to hold you up, and someone to keep flashing you the light. And if you stand tall enough to be seen by every one, that means you intentionally or unintentionally sharing yourself to others, and makes you responsible for it. Be the best influence then. Don't make your pedestalic advantage be in vain. Show some of yourself that is of value. 
  4. And just like the life of the billboard, you are a constant advertisement. You are your testimony. Be a good one. 
  5. Take time to pause, and enjoy every bit of God's creation. Felicitating that you have the chance to witness the augustness of the world.
Have a great day! πŸ™‚

I got this from a post of one of my friends. I enjoyed reading it. I may not have done everything here, but I could say I could pass 50% in enjoying life. 

  1. Get up 15 minutes earlier.
  2. Prepare for the morning the night before. 
  3. Don't rely on your memory. . .write things down.
  4. Repair things that don't work properly.
  5. Make Duplicate Keys.
  6. Say "No" more often.
  7. Set priorities in your life.
  8. Avoid negative people. 
  9. Always make copies of important papers.
  10. Ask for help with jobs you dislike.
  11. Break large tasks into bite sized portions.
  12. Look at problems as challenges.
  13. Smile more.
  14. Be prepared for rain.
  15. Believe in you.
  16. Visualize yourself winning. 
  17. Develop a sense of humor.
  18. Stop thinking, tomorrow will be a better today.
  19. Have goals for yourself.
  20. Say hello to a stranger. 
  21. Look up at the stars.
  22. Practice breathing slowly.
  23. Do brand new things.
  24. Stop a bad habit.
  25. Take a stock of your achievements. 
  26. Do it today.
  27. Strive for excellence. 
  28. Not perfection.
  29. Look at a work of art.
  30. Maintain your weight.
  31. Plant a tree.
  32. Stand up and stretch.
  33. Always have a plan B.
  34. Learn a new doodle.
  35. Learn to meet your own needs.
  36. Become a better listener.
  37. Know your limitations. 
  38. Let others know them too.
  39. Throw a paper airplane.
  40. Exercise every day.
  41. Get to work early.
  42. Clean out one closet.
  43. Take a different route to work.
  44. Leave work early (with permission). 
  45. Remember you always have options.
  46. Quit trying to "fix" other people.
  47. Get enough sleep.
  48. Praise other people.
  49. Relax, take each day at time...
  50. You have the rest of your life to live.
Let's enjoy life by doing some of the things listed here. May we get all the perks of an enjoyable life! May we all stay positive and vibrant in all our activities. πŸ™‚