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Wha’s in a NAMETAG?

Most frequently, in an amateur event, this piece of paper or ID is looked upon lowly. But, for professional organizers, a simple nametag is a ticket to know the person intimately.

I came to reflect on the value of the nametag upon attending a small assembly of young people in Alaska, Mambaling, Cebu City. The event came to a point where they have to introduce the new members and attendees. It was a good start of the organization that afternoon, until the emcee’s began to say this lines, “can we ask the gentleman from the left corner to stand and introduce himself.”

What’s wrong with the line? Calling a person other than his name or nickname establishes distance and unfamiliarity. The ability to tell the persons name at a glance, on the other hand, establishes the organizers ability to pay courtesy, respect and familiarity to the participants.

There can be an excuse to this situation. The organizer might say, they don’t know the persons name so they call it by the possible adjectives we can connect to him. This may be OK for some, but if you intend to establish a long term connection with this persons, what just had happened was a big “NO, NO!” (more…)

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Gifts are best received when they come as a surprise. Definitely my 28th birthday became another day to remember. It was another leaf turn for a beloved organization and a reunion of friends and colleagues whom I spent time with.

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Some daily grace comes from simple and often unnoticed piece of paper. This proved to be a heartwarming piece worthy of reading and reflecting. Written by motivational and relligious best-seller writer Max Lucado, this piece tells an analogy of how a person’s character is often tested. May you find grace in this great piece.

When a potter bakes a pot, he checks its solidity y pulling it out of the oven and thumping it If it “sings”, it’s ready. If it “thuds,” it’s placed back in the oven. The character of a person is also checked by thumping.

Been thumped lately?

Late-night phone calls. Grouchy teacher. Grumpy moms. Burnt meals. Flat tires. You’ve -got-to-be-kidding deadlines. Those are thumps. Thumps are those irritating inconveniences that trigger the worst in us. They catch us off guard. Flat-footed. They aren’t big enough to be crises, but if you get enough of them, watch out! Traffic jams. Long Lines. Empty mailboxes. Dirty clothes on the floor. Even as I write this, I’m being thumped. Because of interruptions, it has taken m almost two hours to write these paragraphs. Thump. Thump. Thump.

How do I respond? Do I sing, or do I Thud?

Jesus said that out of the nature of the hear a man speaks (Luke 6:45). There’s nothing like agood thump to reveal the nature of a heart. The true character of a person is seen not in momentary heroics but in the thump-packed humdrum of day-to-day living.

if you have a tendency to thud more than you sing, take heart. There is hope for us “thudders”.

Begin by Thanking God for thumps. I don’t mean a half-hearted “Thank You”. I mean a rejoicing , jumping-for-joy “Thank You” from the bottom of your heart (James 1:2). Chances are, God is doing the tumping. And, He’s doing it for your own good. So every thump is a reminder that God is molding you (Hebrew 12:5-8).

Learn from each thump. Face up to the fact that you are not “thump-proof”, you are going to be tested from now on. You might as well learn from the thumps. — you are going to be tested from now on. You might as well learn from the thumps — you can’t avoid them. Look upon each inconvenience as an opportunity to develop patience and persistence. Each Thump will help you or hurt you, depending on how you use it.

Be aware of “thump-slump” times. Know your pressure periods. For me, Mondays are infamous for causing thump-slups. Fridays can be as just bad. For all of us, there are time during the week when we can anticipate an unusual amount of thumping. The best way to handle thump-slump times? Head on. BOlster yourself with extra prayer, and don’t give up.

Remember no thump is disastrous. All thumps work for good if we are loving and obeying God.

Click here for the SOURCE LINK.

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Blogging is addictive

Definitely, I say, blogging is addictive.

If your mind is like a sponge, blogging should overwhelm you. Imagine, i started blogging 6PM the other day and just finished around 4:00AM today.

Just can’t get out with the hang of writing things — which is my first passion.

One of the best thing that happened today is my paypal account was approved, fully-restored and verified.

This is a new beginning for me as I end another career.

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Remembering the past.

To pursue a noble venture in community has been my foremost passion. I had been into serving people since I was in my primary education days.

It was assumed that those who excel academically should be tasked to lead the class. Not long after I graduated grade 5 from Miputak West Elementary School as Second Honors I was elected as the first Vice President in its history.

Then there my passion for community sprung. It was first an appreciation to leadership and the things you can do. During those days, to aim for higher position is prestige and honor. You get to be called “leader”, “president” and anything you want your subject to call you.

It was in my high school days in Andres Bonifacio College where I developed my skills in writing. I can’t call anyone of my teachers as mentor. The fact that they had neglected us so-called nerds for the ‘cool dudes’. Unfortunately, I was no ‘cool dude’ during my first 2-years in high school. That left me no option to express my opinions about things and how they happen on my own way.

Writing began with my simple appreciation of the language, syntax and the effective use of words to rely the information. I was never a bookworm, but I appreciate the dust-filled books of the library as a haven for new information.

Internet was scarce in 1992 and we are forced to smell the scent of the old books should we have any topics to be discussed in class. I tried joining the Blue Quill — the official high school student publication of the school.

to be continued…

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