Here are some OLD posts that I would love to share to all rainCHECK readers.
These are my top picks from the category LIFE 101 – a collection of all my learning and realizations from past experiences that I’ve written as a personal reminder and also for others to hopefully find some bit of helpful tools that they can use in their daily lives.
I have gathered here 20 of my most memorable LIFE 101 posts.
Do you believe that God wanted us to be poor? – because money and material things are the root of all evil? Do you believe that God wanted us to suffer? – because suffering leads to a more divine life? Do you believe that God wanted us to have just a very simple and mediocre life? If you believe this, well, God doesn’t agree with you.
Life is much sweeter when you’re a kid and here are some of the things those over the age of 20 perhaps would want to bring back into their lives. Simple things that spells out one rule of being young – ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS!….
“Eto na ang break mo… KAGATIN MO NA!!” I wonder how Robin Padilla got his big break in show business? I really don’t understand the concept of a “Big Break.” Maybe it’s because I somehow don’t feel like anything like that has ever happened to me….
I was looking at this routine question for a job interview in the internet. “What was your greatest achievement so far?” It caught my attention because, 1). it’s like a question that would likely be addressed to Homer Simpson and then I laughed at some of his possible answers.. and, 2). because frankly, it’s a question I haven’t thought about yet….
There are people that you meet in ordinary places and circumstances that seems to make your life a bit easier, more livable and more enjoyable – these people comes in different shapes and sizes but they are a bit more than the ordinary….
There is a thin line that separates a hero from a villain – they both make hard choices and in the end it doesn’t really matter what side you’re with – it’s how u lived through the decisions that you’ve made. Heroes may also become Villains at some point in their lives. And they can be both at the same time in the eyes of one person….
One person sees a glass half-empty, another a glass half-filled… rarely, some sees a glass with water and then look for someone who might be thirsty and in need of a drink….
Millennium lasted for 3 seasons in FOX channel and then was cancelled. I am down to the final episodes. In an episode I was watching last night, Frank Black received an internet virus through a video game in a CD warning him about an impending danger and the message: “The Apocalypse of Our Own Creation.” I was fixated with the message and actually re-winded that scene a few times before watching and finishing the whole episode….
I came across a question just last week that really made me think.. ”WOULD YOU RATHER BE – WANTED OR NEEDED?” Well after reflecting on the “chicken and egg” type of question and some other paradoxical situations that are ruling my life right now, I finally decided on an answer. Which, to my opinion, made me more human (not humane) than ever before….
If you only have ten thousand pesos worth of savings right now, what would you do with that money? Where would you invest it? What would you do with it to make it grow? This question is not hypothetical. You may answer….
People feared monsters so they isolate them. We do that. We fear what we don’t understand. We dispose of things that are out of the ordinary. Those who possess great talents don’t usually use it. Because they fear it, that is why we have frustrated artists and engineers, scientists and many more others hiding and denying themselves the opportunity to achieve greatness with these talents and skills. Most people are afraid to be different, to be unique or to go against the flow….
There are places and certain situations in our lives where we find something which are almost magical. Spiritual. Unexplainable. Ordinary experiences but with extraordinary meaning to a person….
Somebody asked me earlier if I was sour-graping. My answer was: “If I was, at least I have the guts to get my sentiments heard or seen in a channel where the powerful will not be able to use their power and authority over me. While on the other hand… you and your colleagues, sour-grape every single day but without expressing it because of fear.”….
“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” I don’t need to write a very long testimonial to prove this point, just grab any kind of History books that you can find and you’ll know what I mean….
Here are five insights i’ve learned from writers, friends and from my personal experiences that made me think of working in a totally different light….
“True happiness is found within, sometimes you have to dig deep inside to find it but it is definitely not found on the outside.” “You can search and search the whole world to find it but you wont.”….
I belong to the millions of Filipinos who have no other choice but to look forward to commuting every single day of their lives. Who would not be enticed by the fragrance of carbon monoxides and dangerous fumes emitted by vehicles 24/7. Who would exchange the negative feelings generated from a rush hour traffic on all the major thoroughfare in Metro Manila. Who would not miss the pushing, and the sweaty and smelly co-commuters inside the over crowded buses and trains of LRT and MRT….
Although we came from a ‘very’ public school, my classmates and I have very high hopes and dreams. One of my classmate wanted to be a doctor, another wanted to be an architect (even if he was not able to spell that word correctly), and another wanted to be an engineer (which is a very rare and prestigious profession back then)….
Selling was never my forte. I always say this to myself and to every person I know. I am not a persuasive talker. I was never much of a conversationalist. I dislike having to present something so that other people will buy it. I don’t like phones. I don’t like talking to people on phones. I have trouble building up and keeping a large network of friends, clients, family members, etc. etc. I usually have trouble remembering names and faces. So.. selling stuff is definitely not for me….
Staring at that blank page earlier made me stop and take a backseat in my life. To pause and reflect on everything that has happened in my life. My triumphs and my frustrations. And this is when I realized that I am right now experiencing that same writer’s block but in a larger scale. Not only, in doing my ‘book two’ script but also in my career as a writer, a father, a friend, a husband, in everything. I was staring at a blank page and receiving no form of inspiration and in fact, I fear that blank page. I fear the frustration of writing and making mistakes. I fear the idea of making a false start. I fear the mysterious outcome of that blank page. I fear that I am not capable….