When Survival Is The Only Choice

Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying. – Bear Grylls

When there’s no choice left, it is indeed a choice but a choice without an option. And that’s where survival comes in. For some or most people, survival becomes the choice by default when there is no other choice available. We all need to survive especially living things like us, even the non-living things need to survive at least for a designated time (e.g. Mostly, a condominium must withstand 50 years before it crashes, have people evacuate it or build a new one).

My predicament is nothing compared to what other people are experiencing. But it came to a point when I was just dragging my feet, my whole body, literally just to get to work. While it is still a blessing, a part of me feels that something’s wrong and I just have to get out of this rut. I haven’t gotten out of this pothole yet but I will soon because I have to make things happen for me. If I don’t make it happen, it will never happen! Have you felt the same way at one point in your life, too?:)

What happened is that I am doing something totally different from what I have applied and signed in the contract. I don’t mind doing it because it is also a chance for me to learn something new but what’s worse is that they don’t even train or equip people (although that happened to me before). I was put in boiling water when I was asked to talk to a client and they informed the client about my position (new position that is not in the contract) but I was not even aware of it. Yep, right then and there I have to function as a personnel holding that new position.

I talked to my boss and HR manager regarding this but I was informed that their culture was for the person to wear many hats. Some of my friends have decided to leave the company and they found that the grass is really greener on the other side. Actually, people won’t be looking for other greener pastures if theirs are green and alive. Not that they don’t water it but because they only have one choice left and that is to survive. Myself included.

For the time being, I just feel grateful that I am still swimming afloat. But I have to leave before the boat sinks or else I would drown and might not be able to save myself. I am on to finding new opportunities but at this moment, none has come yet. I always remind myself not to settle but to keep on trying until I find something that is valuable to me — something that is worthwhile for me as I continue with my journey.

It won’t be now but it’s going to come soon because I am making it happen little by little. For now, I just have to survive, do what needs to be done, learn stuff and enjoy the company of new friends I’ve met in this dystopic place. I have learned to see the good in the bad. That way, I can survive.😉

The Need to Create Something

Everyone has the power to create and the itch to create. At one point or another, an individual will just create something whether a home cooked meal, sculpture, painting, a small home or whatever feeds the imagination or the person — just like a simple blog post. A child creates his masterpiece by drawing something on a piece of paper even if we cannot comprehend what he has drawn. We just feel it and sometimes, we take it that it is the reason or will to create something.:-)

Whenever I do the things I love doing, I feel alive and happy. You know, there are days when we feel meh or blah. But when we do the things we love or create things we love, some sort of magic happens. It makes us feel good, relaxes our mind and a beautiful masterpiece (whatever that is) is created. I love to draw, paint, sing, cook and write long letters. When I do these things, it feels like time suddenly stops and it puts a smile on my weary face. How about you, what makes you feel at ease and when do you feel you are in your own element?

Further, if we scratch the itch to create, imagine how many wonderful moments will happen and how many opportunities will be opened to us. Not to mention, the number of people we can inspire when we create something.

Daily Prompt: Raison D’ ĂȘtre

Who’s Your PH Presidentiable this 2016?

Binay. Duterte. Poe. Roxas. Santiago. They’re all willing to serve the Philippines and who doesn’t? Who wouldn’t want to have the most powerful seat in the country? But the question is, who is best suited for this critical position? The choice that we make today will have an effect 5 to 10 years down the road. Are we going to vote without thinking? The decision, of course, is up to us. And if we fail to vote wisely, the country will always be in turmoil… as always.

As a Filipino, I lost enthusiasm over this election thingy. It seems like no matter what I do or no matter what we do, it would take much time before curing the diseases that plagued our country. And now what, there’s vote buying everywhere so what’s the sense of voting? Am I just going to vote again just to practice my right to vote or am I going to vote because of  my country’s future? Is there still hope? No one knows but we can give our country a chance by choosing someone who cares for the country like a mother cares for her children.

Since I am not much into the election, I decided to look on the performance of each candidate and how long have they held their positions well. Time may not be everything or it may not be the essence or measurement of performance but if a politician has been a public servant for so long, chances are he is capable (although it doesn’t apply to all).

Of all the candidates, I am torn between Santiago and Duterte. These two candidates have already earned their rights as real public servants serving the country for so long. The other contenders are also veteran politicians but I believe that it is high time for these two to hold the presidential post. Whether or not Binay, Poe and Roxas will win, it is obvious that they can still do what they do best by serving the country in their own ways. They could be assigned to other government agencies and sectors and can run for president in the next 6 years.

It’s just that in my own opinion, it is an opportune time for Duterte or Santiago to run to become the next Philippine president. Some people would want to vote Santiago but due to her health reasons, they opted not to. The thing is, even if she’s sick, she’s still the responsible servant that she is and for those wondering if sickness will take over, while it might, it will take several years down the road. Or, by that time, she’s already back to normal. After all, she’s doing everything to regain her health. I don’t think Santiago will jeopardize our country’s well being — she’s on top of her game every single time.

Besides, of all the senators in the country, it is a well known fact that Santiago has passed the most number of bills which means that Philippines can expect changes from her. Otherwise, the Filipino people wouldn’t re-elect her to be senator for the past years. Miriam magic or not, if we want to get things done, I’m sure, Santiago will come to the rescue.

Best of luck, Philippines!

A Reflection About Writing

It feels like decades since I last wrote a poem. I also don’t know how to write a beautiful one. I don’t want the words to just rhyme without a sense. Writing without sense would be like insulting the lexicon and our other great poets and writers and the art of poem making. But let’s not get too serious here as I am not a serious person, too.😀

If you’re a budding writer or poet, I suggest that you should always write and not judge yourself. By nature, we are the most critical judges of ourselves but sometimes it won’t help. If we always judge ourselves and mind what we are doing, how can we ever write? Remember seeing this advice, “Don’t care about what other people think of you?” The advice is simple yet it means a lot when it comes to writing any other type of piece. If we always think about what others will say, we will never amount to anything. Did you notice that the best written pieces are the ones that have been rejected million times over?!😉

I am not saying that we should always praise ourselves but it won’t hurt if we give
ourselves some little lovin’. So, hello and welcome imperfection! After all, imperfections are what make us human. We become imperfect first before we get to be perfect. Otherwise, if we are perfect, what’s the sense of practice and rewriting every now and then? As I have observed, writers write and rewrite and repeat!:-)

I am not an authority to give you these words but I am talking from my experiences. Whether someone will write or buy our work doesn’t matter. What’s important is we continue to write and improve our craft (whatever your craft is), put our work out there and watch the magic happens. Remember Roald Dahl’s words: Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it!

These are the words in my head upon waking up from a severe headache due to consecutive coughing last night. If perfection is the criteria for a poem, mine would be the opposite. I always find myself writing pieces that our far from my expectations and the standards of many.

Never Waste Time

In this universe so vast
I can always notice
That life is so fast
Faster than the solstice.

Whether I look or not
Or know what time it is
The time on the clock
Is never what it is.

Let us do what we must do
And forget what we should not
To nonsense things we bid adieu
So greatness will be unlocked.

Never want to waste some time
Much have wasted in the past
Time wasted is like a crime
The damage is forever to last.

Why You Should Be in Control of Your Moods

The idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old. Do you agree? If yes, how does the weather affect your mood? – The Daily Post 

For ages, it’s been known that weather affects our moods and it’s always a hearsay. “Is there a truth to this,” you might ask. According to the plethora of articles in the net, yes and no. But then who cares? Take this for example, what if you are a writer, you woke on the wrong side of the bed, you woke up sick plus the weather is gloomy? To make things worse, you woke up with flu  and you feel sluggish. Then, a strong brush of typhoon wind has touched your dry face. Whoa, what a combo you got there! Is that one recipe for a bad mood? What do you think?😀

Now, let me tell you the stories of my friends whom I know always have bad days. So, A works at a faraway place and her travel time everyday is between 2 to 3 hours, going to work and getting back home. That is a total of 4 to 6 hours! She’s underpaid and works for about 10 to 12 hours! Sometimes, even more! Mind you, the salary is so meager that even undergraduates would not want even a piece of her technical job! She is the breadwinner of her family and sometimes she regrets not having enough time for herself.

Enter B. B is a father of 3 kids, and a father of another 2 kids outside marriage. That’s a total of 5 kids! Having 5 kids these days is a disaster unless you have the means to give them a good life. Sounds normal, but what’s tormenting is that when all these kids were born, several close people of B got sick and died. He also lost his business and some partners who owed him money didn’t pay him back. He also lost his dad and now, he also sends money for his mom’s monthly medication and money to send his siblings to school.  These stories, I guess, were more than bad weathers but bad cases and very common, too.

I asked both friends if weather had affected their moods and they said, “NO.” Is it because they’re used to it or they just chose not to be affected? According to the both of them, weather can somehow affect our moods but what really affects us is the way we think about the situation.  I definitely agree.

A weather may be a good one and a place may be so wonderful, but it is what we do to what happens to us define the moment. Even if it’s a beautiful, autumn day and you won the lottery, none of it seems to matter if you choose your mood to be a bad one. Too bad, a day is wasted before you even get to start it. And, when we are feeling bad, we get to do bad things we don’t even want to do!

“When you’re in bad mood, you find jerk on anywhere.” ― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Thus, my conclusion is this:

We must be in control of our moods, or else our moods will control us. We cannot control the weather but we can control our moods. Knowing that fact, isn’t it wonderful that we have a choice? Let’s choose the good one.

* Daily Prompt: Climate Control

Why You Should Find Time to Do What You Love

We are all busy. We all get overwhelmed at one point or another. We have lots of things to do and even if we prioritize, chances are, it looks like time is never enough. True, but we could always find time to what we love if we really want to. For me, I always find time to write (blog, journal and snail mail). I do this before sleeping or upon waking up for at least 5 to 15 minutes. At least, I have 15 happiest minutes of my life before the day ends!😀

Writing, like any other passion and hobby, takes time and dedication. Be it dancing, gardening, fencing, skydiving or whatever you think you would do, it’s going to take a bit of your time if not too much. But this is the only moment where time stops. This is the time when you feel very fearless because you are in your own element. You are doing what you love the most and you deserve it. You deserve good times in this lifetime.

Parents and people who dedicated their time taking care of other people can have an excuse to this. But if you’re doing otherwise, basically there’s no excuse not to do what you love doing. Life is too short to be stuck in something that you don’t like to do. Having a work that you don’t love but gives you money is another story but most people do it to survive. However, if you can have the work of your dreams, go ahead and take it. If it’s hard to find, do something to achieve it and be open to other stuff as well.

At the end of the day, we all feel tired and used up. But if we do what we do best which is also the one thing that we like doing, we’d feel fulfilled even when we’re exhausted to death. Remember, one of the good ways to be fulfilled and happy is to do what you love. We are still alive so the good thing is, we still have this wonderful chance to do what we love doing. Let us not miss this wonderful chance.

If we don’t find time to do what we love, we will never find it.:-)

“Life will always get busy, make time to do the things you love.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita, Beautiful Quotes

What are your Top 10 Great Things?

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a list. I’ve been damn busy and I guess, overwhelmed with my numerous activities the past month! So, I decided to start posting a list again. I’ll try to post every Thursday/Friday, at least twice a month. Forgive my cliches for now. Share me your list in the Comments section. Let me know what you think.:-)

Top 10 Great Things That I Lurve
1.  Icebreakers – delicious!
2.  Sunshine – reminds me to become one, too.
3.  Shade of trees – relaxing!
4.  Eggs – fast cooking ‘coz I’m lazy!
5.  Seeing planes in the sky – what a beautiful sight!
6.  Long Walks – my favorite exercise!!!
7.  Solitude – my so-called meditation…
8.  Cat and Dog – my “cute” family:-)
9.  Drawing – bec. I feel I have more time!
10. Music – bec. I can feel my time stops and I love it.
What’s yours? â€Ș#‎greatthings‬ to keep u â€Ș#‎happy‬ :-)