A Book Review: The Winning Edge

“Troubled from without and within, the psalmist, has stopped for a moment in the way. He knows he cannot turn back but knows how to continue. Therefore he prays that God will help him follow through his decision to stay on the right road.”

Good manners and right conduct matter. To succeed good habits are essential. What are your priorities? Mothers and teachers always point to us that if we failed in an academic subject, that does not mean we come short of intelligence, but if we failed in Good Manners and Right Conduct, there is something wrong.

“The Winning Attitude” by John C. Maxwell tells about opportunities around us and how to make use of those opportunities.

The author highlights the words “I can, I will, expect the best, I know, I will make time, positively, I am confident, I do believe, promote you, and God is able,” among others.

In this view, as group work and for evaluation, leadership consultancy offices have developed values-based leadership workshops. For example, if you had to choose only four esteemed words from a deck of cards, what would they be? Would it be integrity, honesty, trust, family unity, change or success? You have to explain to the group your choices. Nothing is right nor wrong. It is a matter of working together and how you would use these choices for greater goals.

Moreover, Maxwell says that others can stop you temporarily, but you are the only one who can do it permanently.

Check the following.

Rough weather will not last forever.
Thought: This too shall pass.

Try to make major decisions before the storm.
Thought: Get a plan.

Keep in contact with the control tower.
Thought: God is always available.

Associate with the right people.
Thought: Your friends will tell who you are or from the old adage, “Birds of the same feather flock together.”

Select a model.
Thought: Jesus Christ

Learn from mistakes.
Thought: Learn from the sages. Wisdom goes with experience, age and light of God.

Expose yourself to successful experience.
Thought: Act now! Take a leap of faith!

The book is a gem of wise experiences, words from the holy Bible, and discernment. In childhood and preschool, we had schedules to prepare us for school and good habits. We were taught discipline. There is no time for trivial things if we let our hearts grow large. The Psalmist asserts, “The Lord is my shepherd, why should I be afraid?”


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A Blessed 2016 Everyone!

December 31, 2015

Hi –
My muse can’t wait any longer. I have to write before the year (2015) ends; and so to welcome 2016!
After doing my slides in 2014 and doing a project for the “I Share Community” on blogs (digital art), I wasn’t able to write again. Until the Pope (Pope Francis I) came for a visit in the Philippines in January, until my vacation in Caramoan in February, until the house chores in March, the tree cutting in April on the yard, and the processing of documents since May till December; my muse has sat quietly and only scrutinized my way of life. 2015 has gone so fast and sleek in God’s provision.

Life is full of tests, a box of chocolates and a firm resolve of hope. I am glad to meet new people along the way, face to face and online, familiar and unfamiliar communities, children and adults, government and non-government workers, babies and seniors, among others.

“Noblesse oblige”; the weight of duty: My highlights are the government offices. There is still red tape, slow data systems, and disrespectful personnel; however, there are still those, and still many, who value work and kindness to accomplish their responsibilities. I have met some and I thank God for their zeal to serve. May God bless them a hundredfold!

From the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), I told them that my father, was once a government servant until he died. “He was shot (at 38) when he was supposed to meet with a client.”
“Yes, that is the risk of our job,” the section chief replied.

I also sought assistance from the Land Registration Authority (LRA). And I thank God for the help they give to the public.

Upon these events, I found out that God is truly present in each one of us. That when we unite and execute duties of good service, we all advance in endeavours and contribute accomplished goals for individuals, communities, nations and the world.

May Mary, our Mother bring us hope in all our endeavours, in 2016!
Send O Lord, holy apostles/workers into Your church!
St. Hannibal, pray for us!
Holy angels and Saints, pray for us!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we trust and love You!

A blessed New Year all! Mwahs! God has many surprises!

Love always,

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The Progress of Civilization

Culture has aided man toward the development and progress of a generation. Man not only develops behavioral traits but also physical ones. As an example among others, the hunting way of life made man develop the erect posture, and this necessitated the development of large buttocks.

What man is socially, comes up to be brought by the time where he/she lives. Check out the consequence of tool making and tool usage when the hand has become a magnificent precision instrument. How man adapts himself at a given time and in over all time is culture. How time weaves life from the beginning to the present, and how the inhabitants progress through education or training result to fascinating developments.

Scientists have been able to reveal that the average person in any human society is able to learn just as much as the average person in any other society. Today’s culture brings the advanced methods of sciences like inventing modern medicines compared to yesterday’s leaves and saps. But then, today, even leaves and saps become great sources of new inventions.

Studies are thoroughly used in the new technology of today’s communication using cellphones, the internet, highly powered nuclear discoveries, new breeds of animals and plants, and even cell innovations like cell transfers, and more. Fashion gives rise to new forms of clothing in the changing sun and moons and earth temperatures.

Man and food go hand in hand. Without food he/she cannot survive. Food is a basic need, therefore people don’t stop working – as compared to primitive hunters.

Human population is tending to come together physically and culture is one essential factor to the rise and fall of a group of peoples. The development by mind and body through education and proper training will produce man of refinement and respect. Culture if handled properly by leaders and constituents would make everyone a good worker of his time and of his tribe.

The man who competes for himself is a selfish man and would cause destruction, but a man who competes and works for everyone is the man who would advance culture to an esteemed place now and in the succeeding generations. It is an immediate task to enable the people of all nations to come together spiritually and culturally. As the body has many parts, all the body parts must seek to aim growth like the metamorphosis of the butterfly or the transfiguration of holy workers into men of work, peace, and unity.


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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No Apologies.”

When you work with your heart out, all you know is to be happy in work.  Sometimes you just want to give generously and aim for good results and catch the stars in split seconds.  As a writer, I become immerse in my muse, sometimes forget, sometimes break limits…   Way back in  my masteral studies, one writing professor asked me to get into deeper realms of writing.  I answered her, ” No, I can’t;  I may not be able to come back…”  But then, she was very right and she spoke of truth, for then in my writing work, I feel happy and complete writing, and if for God.  I may not be perfect, but I stand with my writing duties.  Even if my head is cut off …. no one can stop me.  Therefore, I give no apologies, but speak of truth. In literary criticism (Scholes; Semiotics), writers use symbols for us to experience creative texts, among others; hence, if the writer is immersed in his / her work it could become her reality.  My life is my work.  So help me, God.  Thank you for reading my work.  A blessed day all!


I’m Okay! Thank God!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Out of Your Reach.”

Nothing.  I can’t remember anything that I’ve ever wanted.  My parents’ love and the elders’ love around me sufficed.  Maybe, I just wanted more cakes with more icing on top.


When my Dad died, I’ve never wanted anything more. I’m okay with God!

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I’ve never wanted anything.

When You Wish Upon A Star…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Do you Believe in Magic?.”

“When you wish upon a star

Makes no difference who you are

When you wish upon a star

Your dreams come true…”

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Two magic rings put together, one for me and a friend would fetch a genie just like an old cartoon TV show

“Shazam!”  Stars will move and and the wind will sing a tune…. and altogether we would fly!

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