22 Things You Need To Do While You Have The Chance

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1. Go to a country whose language you do not speak, and where English is rarely spoken. Learn what it means to have to find out everything by yourself, and to live glued to your translating dictionary.

2. Sleep with your whole body stretched across the bed in your very own apartment, where no one can tell you what to do or make you be quiet so that they can sleep.

3. Take a road trip simply for the joy of being on the road and not having anywhere in particular to end up. Stop in restaurants and shops along the way that look like they belong in a Norman Rockwell painting, and eat candy that your grandparents used to love.

4. Dance with a stranger in the bar for three whole songs and then go home by yourself, without feeling like you owed them anything.

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9 Films That Try To Understand Love

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Unlike most movies concerned with love, these films attempt to get at what really goes down in relationships. Basketcase characters troubled with age gaps, loneliness, death, and mental illness offer more insight on relationships than the typical “indie quirky love” or rom com. For those who get off on realism, these onscreen relationships will make you go, “Aha! I’ve felt that before. That’s so true!”

He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not (À la folie… pas du tout) (2002, dir. Laetitia Colombani)

Watch Angelique’s (Audrey Tautou) obsessive tendencies. Relate. Once the film’s point of view shifts and presents Angelique’s lover’s outlook, reevaluate crushing behavior. Walk away considering the possibility that there’s a reason you get too infatuated with people. It’s okay, you might just be crazy. Now go see a psychiatrist.

Anything Else (2003, dir. Woody Allen)

Despite Amanda Chase’s (Christina Ricci) baggage (an eating disorder and a mother who crashes…

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Leadership Training: The Christ-like Way

Happiness is a choice. Letting go is a choice. Almost everything is a choice.

 

I am really glad that you choose to stay in this community. I am really glad that you choose to be part of this journey despite how cryptic it will be. God knows how happy I am that we were gathered to help and cherish one another all for His glory.

 

I’d like to share important points during our CLTS. First, I learned that in order become a leader you must know how to listen. Not just hearing but listening- listening with your heart and mind open. Second,  words are powerful. Words can greatly affect someone, may it be positively or negatively. Our words are  really  a powerful tool to uplift, to help, to encourage, and to build the community. I learned that we should continue sharing beautiful words. We should make it a habit to say something sincere and positive to each other despite our own flaws. I also learned that whenever you say something nice to someone, it bounces back to you. You become more optimistic each day. Just like my college teacher always say in prayer: Lord, help me to see what is beautiful..”

 

 Thirdly, I learned that in each day of our lives, we need to unlearn ourselves. Learn new things. Make innovations. Be creative. We need to be open to all possibilities, no matter how impossible it can be. There will be days when we cannot avoid making mistakes or people around you will make mistakes, it is important to remember that Jesus instructed us to forgive and love one another. No matter how sinful or how out of control the person is, it is important to be patient and loving. And at the same time we need to forgive ourselves. We need to understand each other. We need to understand each others situation. We need to understand that we have different background, up bringing, attitudes, personalities. We need to understand that we are all human beings- prone to mistakes.

 

And when the time comes when your patience is tested, we need to remember to go to the balcony. Meaning, we need to calm ourselves, let go of that anger first. And when you are done, evaluate of the situation rather than going into rush and careless actions. When you are ready or if it is important, then go and talk to the person. Proper channeling.

 

I am reminded that there must be some sacrifices to be done for the welfare of other people. There will come in our lives that we need to sacrifice our pride or our comfort for the sake of our fellowmen. And that sometimes, there will be interruptions. Some changes. And we must remember to become versatile to change.

 

Lastly, choose wisely. Choose to be good rather than bad. Choose the right path than the wrong one. Choose the right and loving words than the hurtful and harmful ones. Choose to encourage. Choose to laugh, to dance, to sing, to act. Choose whichever will make you happy. Choose  to listen, to trust. Choose life. Choose happiness. (Choose coke hahaha)  Choose to let go of the negative and absorb the positive. Choose to understand. Choose to learn. Choose to be united. Choose CCC.

 

I know that this journey of ours will never be easy. But with you, it would be a journey of learning and love. I am really happy to choose this journey. And I know I’m on the right path. I hope you feel the same way too. And I believe, you will. Let us continue keeping this “new” fire burning  together.

 

 

Keep fighting. Aja!

God bless.

 

PS: Congrats to the new set of Prayer Partners. 🙂

 

 

We can go a distance together. We can go beyond expectations.

True or not.

Deny it or not, sometimes we do clamor for attention. We always wanted that maybe somehow someone would notice that tini-tiny bit detail about you. We always wanted to be somehow in the center of their or someone’s universe. Maybe not always but there are always those moments.

We clamor for acknowledgement. We want that at least in the very least way they would know that you existed; that you are actually breathing. True or not true, I guess we never wanted to be invisible. There are just moments in life that may let you decide to be invisible. But yes, we never wanted to be completely erased in this earth. We always wanted to acknowledged. We want that there will come a time when, without even saying anything they would realize that you are just there, waiting for them to accept you.

We wanted to be appreciated. We never want to let our efforts and actions to be wasted. Maybe in our humblest moment we won’t mind, but deep inside we want them to see how you’ve been, what you did, or what you did to change the world. We wanted to let them know how you made a difference in your own little way. We wanted to hear ‘thank you’s or ‘nice work’ or other praises. We wanted that. We want to feel important. We wanted to be appreciated by even just beating-  living. Just being there. Just being who you honestly are.

We always wanted to feel loved.

Constant Learning

Constantly editing and revising, that’s what I’ve been doing for so long now. Whenever I pass by my old write ups I will not hold the urge to edit a spelling or sentence structure or anything that bothers me. And I’m thinking, maybe I’m like that in life or maybe not.

Do I constantly want everything to be in the right way? Do I fix my mistakes? Do I learn from them? Do I? Is it good or is it just too much?

Stuff I’ve Learned From Being A Total Screw Up

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I screw up ALLLLLLL the time. I screw up with relationships and I mess up at work. I get angry and say things I don’t mean to my friends or people I love. I screw up my diets. I screw up cutting back on drinking or smoking. I say I’m going to start going to the gym more and half the time I never do. I can even “screw up” making fun of myself and accidently offend a bunch of people on the internet.

I mess a whole bunch of stuff up and have to start over all the time. You name it, I’ve probably done it. Here’s some things that all my screwing up as taught me:

No one gives a shit. No one cares if you are hungover, no one cares if you are in a bad mood, no one cares if you pulled a muscle taking out…

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Warnings For Anyone Who Would Want To Marry Me

To the future we should both be prepared of

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Dear Sir, (I don’t know how formal we are. You might be extra fancy.)

So, you think you want to marry me.

Interesting.

I would encourage you to think twice before committing to such a long-term undertaking. I have been engaged twice and to be quite frank I’m over the wedding cancelling thing. Know that if I choose to marry you I will stay cute, make you laugh, bake insanely good cookies to bring to your boss at Christmas, and I will generally support the crap out of you. However, there are bad things you must know upfront, which I cover in this letter. I will work on all of these, but you can’t marry someone expecting them to change- that’s Dr. Phil 101 so here it is- take it or leave it as it currently stands:

  • I will say “Let’s go to the beach!” and I’ll gleefully gather tons…

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Mid-Summer

A miracle is slowly and smoothly happening as this summer season is passing by. I’ve been really focused on studying and school works. I’ve been occupied by my duty schedules in the laboratory. Basically, I’m spending summer like I’ve never did before and I like it.

Although, time did not allow me to have late night walks/hang outs or to go to the beach or somewhere where one should spend summer, I am making most of this summer. I’m avoiding the disease of laziness. I don’t want to just lay around everyday, do nothing or else sleep. I aim to make each day a productive day.

From Monday to Saturday, my head is on the game. My brain and heart is striving really hard to cope with the needs of time. And I am thankful that I am spending my week that way, because it makes me appreciate the little times when I get the chance to stop and breathe for awhile. And it makes me happy. It makes me like more appreciative of the different things around me.

However, there are times when I really wanted to go home. I just want to see the family. It is really different not going home for summer.

Anyway, whatever happens I’ll make most of everything. There’s so many things yet to do. So many places to go. 

I will not stop progressing. I’ll keep striving- not surviving.  I’m pretty sure there will be a time when all my plans will just fall in to place.