For the last day of doing the Quotes Challenge, I like to share with you an excerpt from one my most favourite chapters from one of my most favourite authors, John C. Maxwell. I will not do a book/chapter review about this but instead share some of my thoughts on why giving and helping reaps more rewards compared to just sitting still and selfishly do things only for your own benefit.

Taken from a book by  John C. Maxwell ,

Taken from a book by John C. Maxwell , “Winning With People”. This chapter focuses on what you can give rather than what you can receive.

No one becomes rich unless he enriches others.

— Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie certainly knew and lived what he said. He was a self-made steel tycoon and one of the wealthiest 19th century businessmen. He is also a philanthropist: contributed to the expansion of the New York Public library and spent the rest of his days helping others.

Many of today’s richest businessmen are into philanthropy as well e.g. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet. Our very own Henry Sy, Sr. of SM Investments is also a philanthropist.

You’ll say, “Yeah right. They are billionaires. Philanthropy for them sure is easy.” Good thing is, we don’t have to be billionaires to leave a mark in the society. Generosity is not a matter of money.

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

— Pres. Woodrow Wilson

Investing our time and effort in improving the life of others will eventually have an impact in our life. There is a deep satisfaction seeing little children show their sign of gratitude to you (it’s really heart-melting, the best thing I have ever felt). There is a different kind of achievement to be able to give back to the needy and poor. IT doesn’t have to be in form of money or material things. In fact, the intangibles are more gratifying and fulfilling — dedicating our skills to teach others, mustering our strength to help a weak hand, and focusing our energy in making them happy.

We don’t even have to flaunt it in social media. After all, only two will truly appreciate your act of kindness: the one you helped, and the One Above. That’s all that matters.

We are blessed by God. All that we have is from Him. Because of Him, we can have everything. Without Him, we are nothing. Knowing this, it’s only right that we give.

Every man shall give as he is able according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.

— Deuteronomy 16:17

Giving makes us a better person. Sharing our blessings to others will definitely lead to more blessings coming back to us. Blessings come in different forms, and this is what makes giving more exciting.  This is the Boomerang principle. What you throw will eventually go back to you.

Question is, what have you thrown to others lately?


The Quotes Challenge Day 2 – Attitude Determines Your Altitude

For my Day 2 of the Quotes Challenge, I want to emphasize one of the things that can make you a better person:

This is an actual item I currently have on my office desk. At times I am tempted to vent out my stress but I am always reminded to be the bigger person.

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

Zig Ziglar

We may experience hardships, challenges, trials, stress, and mishaps. We may even make mistakes when we least expect it, and we may not even perform in a level that we expect ourselves to attain.

Most of the time, people around you can tolerate this. After all, no one is perfect. But what they do mind is your attitude in dealing with the rough times. This is all that matters.

On many occasions, managers talk little about the skill set of a certain employee. The important part of their assessment is the employee’s work attitude. Develop the right attitude and the skills will follow.

Let’s see the bigger picture and talk about how we deal with our life. Our attitude solidifies our strength and character. True character is tested through affliction and fire. Real strength comes from the weakest moments of our lives. So without the correct attitude, we are as good as lost.

*** if you find this interesting, consider yourself nominated 🙂 

*** thanks again berryduchess for nominating me 🙂

The Quotes Challenge Day 1 – Wisdom is Wealth

Someone welcomed me back to the blogging world and nominated me to this Quotes Challenge. 🙂

Thanks berryduchess for the warm welcome!

For Day 1, I will post a verse quoted from the book of all books:

People nowadays are so focused in fame, power, money, riches, etc. It’s fine actually. Who doesn’t? But unfortunately, they often forget the basic thing needed to get what they want: wisdom.

Do you know what  King Solomon, the wisest king who ever lived, asked from God? Knowledge and Wisdom.

And we should too.

Ever wondered why lottery winners become millionaires for a day and get back being broke after a month? Ever wondered why many people fall into investment scams with the promise of quick money without doing any work? Ever wondered why many superstars spend their money on useless things and grow old homeless and bankrupt?

They wished for fishes without even wanting to know how to fish.

Wisdom is knowing the different seasons in your life and the things you need to accomplish to make the most out of each season.

Just graduated from college and ready for your new job? You think that’s the end of your learning curve? You have to put in the hours improving your craft instead of doing those “YOLO” moments. I must confess, I studied harder and better this past decade compared when I was in college.

Wisdom will tell you that what you are today is the result of what you did yesterday.

Are you pleased with your life right now? If yes, congratulations. You must have done well back on your older self.  Want to be pleased with your life tomorrow? Well, you know what to do.

Ask humbly for more wisdom and He will give you riches beyond your wildest dreams.

I can’t think of anyone to nominate yet, but if you find this challenge interesting, then consider yourself nominated by me 🙂 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Haircut Amnesia

To slowdown from a busy and stressful day, part of my unwinding strategies will be this: posting blah blah photos and try as much as I can to say something about it.

#MEMA lang. Haha Haha Haha! !

So for this week:

IMG_6193OHA! Actually, I am quite comfy wearing girl bands. Being different is my hidden desire.

But ofcourse, dahil makati na talaga ang noo ko dahil sa bangs! 

My officemates are somewhat amused with my different look. Imagine attending meetings looking like this. It’s a gwapo mess. Kidding. 😛

I will have my haircut real soon. Maybe this weekend. I’ll miss being dugyot.

No Facebook, No Problem!

A week ago, I deleted my Facebook app in my phone with the purpose of just clearing some space caused by the app. I was planning to re-install it but due to some bus passenger, I got distracted. Before I knew it, I realized that I wasn’t able to reinstall it by lunch time. Then came dinner. I thought, “hindi naman pala siya kawalan”.  It wasn’t so bad actually. Since then, I began checking my FB through the web only (using my laptop) and here’s the thing: I managed to check Facebook in less than 10 minutes, and off I go!

A few days later, same story. I just check FB when I get home. Yes, I do get same number of notifications and missed out messages, but that’s all there is.

I am starting to believe that I can do again what I have done back in college: live an awesome life without so much social media destroying my inner peace and physical relationships. Suddenly, I became more productive and more efficient at work (from 100 to 150% lol) and at home (where my most important tasks are waiting for me). Ofcourse I understand that times have changed and social media is somehow linked to your everyday life already.

But then again, you get to choose what you permanently link to your life. It’s all about priorities.

Whatsapp, Viber, Instagram, Twitter can certainly wait. I will look at it only if I need to see it. Otherwise, my phone is better off inside my pocket. I am better off taking a nap on my bus ride home or reading a hardbound book.

I opt to keep things simple. Less clutter is better.