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I will not do this or that
April 27, 2017

I no more feel strange when I read that some people do not want to attempt achieving higher goals because they have no time to do that or they feel they will never be able to do that. Some of them have absolutely no reasons or pretending to be too busy on other work which keeps them off from doing a particular job. I have nothing against any of the peoples belonging to any of these groups.

But if you ask me I can see they are looking at others with a feeling of jealousy while saying all these things but just because they are too lazy they do not want to attempt or there is another possibility, they do not know the right procedure. He will have to work hard to achieve his desired target. Or tell me if you know how to get the work done without putting your best efforts into something and I will follow you immediately.

One should understand a simple fact that if one has to achieve his targets there is no way but to do his job within a stipulated timeframe. You do not have an option to say no even if you have other jobs to do. It’s all about how you manage your time and divide it according to your priorities.

I remember reading a sentence in a book written by a famous writer Norman Vincent Peale, “The Power of Positive Thinking”. He said that one should not consider himself as good as Atlas that carries the entire weight of this Earth on his shoulders.

Norman Vincent Peale did not say one should avoid doing his routine work but he only meant that do not get yourself burnt out and the important of all come out of the mentality that you are the most important person on this planet or nothing will move without your contribution.  Do everything within your ‘comfort level’ all will be well in the end.

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What does it take to be comfortable

Are you comfortable? Do you think you can ever be comfortable? What does comfort mean to you? I will start by defining comfort. Comfort is a pleasant and satisfying feeling of being physically or mentally free from pain and suffering, or something that provides that feeling.

We were at work recently, and a colleague talked about not being comfortable. And I said to him, what do you mean? He says he hasn’t gotten to the stage of being comfortable or having what he so desires.  I said to him, what is comfort to you? He said been able to afford what he wants, eat what he wants etc. Well, I said to him, I am comfortable despite the fact that I do not own a house yet, but I have a roof above me, I can eat what I can afford, I have peace of mind and I am happy. This does not stop me from desiring to acquire more, e.g a luxury car and a house, but I am comfortable.

I explained further by saying, comfort is a state of the mind. You do not have to be so rich to be comfortable. A lot of rich people are not as comfortable as we think. The money may be there physically, but they are not mentally free. Mentally free in the sense that they are still not at a point where they can feel relaxed and say they are comfortable. I am relaxed with nothing to worry about despite the fact that I am not so wealthy. The point is, I am content with what I have. My car is not a state of the art car, I do not have a chef, I do not travel yearly, but I am happy and comfortable because I have decided and made a conscious effort to be comfortable and satisfied. As the movie Forest Gump implies with Tom Hanks, He says “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get” meaning you never know what life gives you, but rather just make the best of what you get.

I am comfortable today because I choose to be comfortable. I will not wait till I get the so called desired wealth to make the best out of life. I choose to be happy, content and comfortable. My money even if small, can get me what I want it to buy in my own terms. I manage and live around that money of mine to make me comfortable and happy. I will always live within my means and not above my means to remain comfortable and happy.


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Shopping For Comfort and Style
March 24, 2017

Do you shop for comfort or for style?

There are people who buy things, example is a pair of shoes or sandals. They buy a pair because they needed something to wear for walking comfortably. So she had in mind a very soft, leather-strapped sandals which is casual yet so very nice looking she can wear it even when going to church or other casual events.

Comfortable Shoes/Sandals

Ever since I was financially capable to buy a good pair of shoes or sandals; this was when I had my first job, I always preferred to wear very comfortable shoes or sandals because the nature of my job requires a lot of walking or standing; or going places. So I chose very durable, easy to wear, shoes or sandals.

My shoes then were usually leather, flat, and soft, like wearing rubber shoes. Or it can be sandals, also leather, and easy to dry especially when I have to walk on floody streets during rainy season. Sometimes I also wear waterproof shoes because I feared that flood waters has so many bacteria or viruses in it, particularly leptospirosis from rat’s urine.

It should also be comfortable to wear even if I ran, chasing people , or chasing events.

Buying Locally-Made Footwear

There is a place in our country that is famous for shoes, and other footwear making. The town is called Marikina, where small shoe traders manufacture shoes, and other footwear that are of world-class for durability and style. So during those days when I was still so young to ride public transportations, I went there when I need a good pair of shoes or sandals. It is especially designed according to my specifications, which is primarily for comfort.

The Marikina shoe makers/traders also set up a place in Cubao, Metro Manila where buyers can go to choose footwears. It is called the Marikina Shoe Expo. It is relatively cheap, and durable.

Dying Industry

Now, many shoe makers stopped making shoes, unlike in earlier days when almost every household there had a small shoe shop. They lamented that raw materials like leather, had become so pricey. Another is the stiff competition when very cheap imported shoes from China were allowed to be sold in the country.

But one can attest to the durability of Marikina-made shoes compared to some imported cheap ones.

Shoe/Footwear Industry Being Revived

Now, I think they are trying to help the Marikina shoemakers in reviving the industry. One shoe maker made a special shoes he offered as a gift to President Duterte. Some notable people also patronize the Marikina-made shoes to help the small shoemakers to have a sound business, and for the industry to live long in spite of stiff competition.

It is a sad state of some industries, like the shoe/footwear industry when industry giants from other countries “eat”up the market for the locals. It is up to the people to patronize their own products to help local businessmen.

Like the Marikina shoe/footwear industry, Filipinos can help make it alive by buying locally-made footwear that are known for comfort and durability.

Sorry folks, my topic was about shopping for comfort or for style, but my mind drifted to local shoe industry in Marikina, Metro Manila. This is quite nostalgic, because yesterday, when my husband went to a store inside a mall in our place, I was so happy to know that they are still selling Marikina-made shoes.

I told the sales lady that I was a fan of Marikina-made shoes for its durability. Now I am also looking for very comfortable sandals that I need for walking a lot. But for morning walks, I use a comfortable rubber shoes.

Do you shop for comfort or for style?

(Photo above is my original photo of yellow gumamela or hibiscus flower-acelawrites)

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What does self-development mean to you?
February 27, 2017

The life is beautiful and to make it more beautiful everyone wants to improve his skills and efficiency but have you ever pondered over a simple question- What does self-development mean? What I feel is that the process of self-development we need to leave our comfort zone and move toward a new path where there is no place for fears and doubts but to achieve that stage we have to chose from two ways. One of them is simple and the other one is difficult.

Now, here comes another question, which one will you chose, the simple one or the difficult one? Let me explain, the difficult ways demands you to move immediately without preparing yourself or making any adjustments. Here is an example- if you have decided to exercise more the difficult way to do is to start running for half an hour without adjusting yourself to the physical demands or a proper warm up. But that will prove to be a perfect way of wrecking a good idea.

But there are just three ways you can do the job in easier ways-

1- Comfort- you will have to come out of your habits of going by your own pace or in other words coming out of your comfort zone.

2- Stretch- that simply needs you to enhance your knowledge and extend your limits

3- tresses- You feel stresses while encounter the bigger challenges and feel stressed

Let’s assume you wish to achieve flexibility in your muscles at a faster rate and you begin stretching exercises regularly. Now, how do you do it, you suddenly step up the physical activities or increase the pace at a steady speed?

I can assure that if you come out of your comfort zone and increase your efforts in a regular way the chances of achieving a well toned body is greater than you do it in a haphazard way. Likewise, stress zone is related with your creativity and innovation. You cannot achieve any of these unless you’re willing to learn and enhance your knowledge.


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