On Good Manners

The Proverbs explain on good manners, “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

My parents used to tell me that what you do everyday or when no one sees you becomes your habit.

You may say, “No one is looking anyway so I can cheat, or just for today, I can pluck my neighbors roses, or I can do work later, later and later.”  Beware! Things you do wrong from time to time become bad habits, so better do what is right and truthful all the time.

I remind my students of the golden rule, “Do not do to others what you don’t like others to do to you.”

And do not forget the commandments from the Holy Bible.  In Matthew chapter twenty two, the greatest commandment is to love God above all, and the second is to love thy neighbor as thyself.  Of these two commandments hang all the law.

In schools, it is a must to teach students about etiquette and right conduct.

In any kind of work, it is every person’s duty to exhibit work ethics.

Good manners and right…

My Journal Notes. April 22

The whole April I have just stayed in the house, doing chores, cooking and nannying kids in place of "yayas" who were always absent.

It was fun, but often, routine makes headaches.

Kids give you laughter and make you feel young, and you try to make up with their way of life, that would make you flex your bones and body.

Cooking, on the other hand, must slow down for me because midlife must exercise caution - heat, washing and heating  confuse the body.  Moreover, I ate and ate the stuff I'd love to cook.  So much eating is not good.  Everything must be in  moderation.

I've also thought of my writing life, to continue with it and write a dream novel.  I've never done that.  I already wrote a few fiction stories, articles, essays and lots of poems, but no novel, yet.  I thought I couldn't grab that time to write, so I struggle to write prayers and short poems to sustain my writing vocation /duty.  That fills my guilt to produce something on paper / the Web.


My Journal Notes. April 10, 2018

April 10

Good morning  -

Every new day we wake up is a miracle.

We have to be reminded after all the shackles in the world

that everyday is a beautiful day.

Why? Because as we are pushed on the walls without exits,

it is where the angels will pick us up,

and carry us, and shower us with wisdom and new things.

As for me, I have to deal with something creative and insightful to write.

As for you?  There are many things to do and discover, yet  slow down

with technology; we cannot race with technology.  Let us be gentle then.

Have a nice day!  May the Lord bless and keep us all.



On Work

On Work

Mother told us to always have the initiative, so we grew up asking “Can I help?” when it came to work duties.Truly, we were blessed to be surrounded with people who loved work and valued it with integrity. And while we loved to assist most of the time, we have learned about accepting duties.
When we were students, some of us were taught to obey parents and finish the course they preferred for us.Often, we did not like that way but still abided.I remember I told my mother “I do not like your teaching profession because it is boring and common. It earns so little and it is not even glamorous.” I was blasphemous at that.I am sorry.I did not even consider her love for work. And because of her noble teaching profession we were able to finish college (she was widowed at 37). She paved her way to the fulfillment of our goals teaching her students well.
Work is something from the heart you offer.It is not just for money, but serving God.It fills the vacuum in the heart and gives you zeal.…

On Faithfulness

Faithfulness is the code of a soldier.It is rooted from the ground, to life, to death.When you are faithful to someone you are thorough in the performance of a duty sealed like a covenant.In human terms it is like blood compact, a marriage vow, or an allegiance to a flag or a constitution.
Faithfulness does not waver like a stone that is untroubled by the wind, like a knight to his sword, like a duty to heaven.
“Peter, do you love me?”Jesus asked three times.Three times, Jesus asked, emphasizing Peter’s love and unswerving obedience to his Lord as necessary to Peter’s future ministry as leader of the church.
Job during his troubles was steadfastly devoted to God.He said that he came naked from his mother’s womb and he shall have nothing when he dies.“The Lord gave me everything I had and they were his to take away.Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Moses trusted his life on God’s promises and made stronger the faith of others like the miracle of the Red Sea where the Israelites walked on t…

On Humility

On HUmility
Saint Augustine says that it is humility that makes men angels.
Humility is one of the hardest virtues to obtain and practice. Yet once you have learned how to practice it, your cup of joy overflows as if you've been so empty and light and the Holy Spirit of God anoints you heart to heart.
Last year in December, I have received that gift of giving a small kid's party (with the help of family and some friends) in the province. One hundred kids and friends gathered in prayer and the spirit of oneness with spaghetti and fun. For me, it was so memorable and I thank the Lord for giving me and those who have helped that opportunity of doing little acts of kindness.
And then, that Christmas day in the province, I forgot there was no food on the table except bananas. I forgot there was no food because I was still full from the food and cooking for the children.
Moreover, in work, observe humility. Go the extra mile. It is working not only for money, but for love of work and ser…

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