A Letter From Heaven

To my dearest family, some things Id like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I’m writing this from heaven.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here, theres no more tears of sadness;
Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, I welcome you.
Its good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, They’ll be here later on.

I need you here so badly, you are part of my plan.
There is so much that we can do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you….in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I’m closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and Id like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who is in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night….My day was not in vain.
And now I am contented… that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick them up, as on your way you go.

When you’re walking down the street and you’ve got me on your mind;
I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when its time for you to go…from that body to be free.
Remember you’re not going…you’re coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey

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I’m sharing this inspiring poem I’ve come across the net ¬† to remind us to live a full life while we are on earth and not to be afraid of death because heaven is such a wonderful place. ūüôā

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Mission Accomplished

I am not a political person and I am guilty of being among those without care at all when it comes to how the country is run by those in power. I am in my comfort zone, anyway. This roots from the way I view politics when I was younger: ‚ÄúPolitics in the Philippines is dirty,‚ÄĚ my late father would say. Hence, I would shun from any discussion as regards politics.

Ninoy Aquino‚Äôs death at the tarmac on August 21, 1983 was my political awakening.¬† Until now, everytime I hear replays of Ninoy‚Äôs speeches I felt so inspire and proud as a Pinoy, more so when he says that ‚ÄúThe Filipino is worth dying for.‚ÄĚ ¬†Wow! Who am I that he would die for me? ¬†Parang kay Jesus Christ ko lang kayang itanong yan ah. Now, I tell myself, what a great man and wonder where this country might be in the world map had he held the reigns of the government and run it as he said he would.

Yesterday, another great Filipino is laid down to rest, a man who is an epitome of honesty, decency, integrity, and good governance, Jesse Robredo.  His life is a living testament of a true public servant.  Much praises and accolades have been said and written on how he led in his simple ways as a Mayor in Naga and later on as Secretary of DILG. Full disclosure in the government was his crown jewel; to serve and not to be served. And again I wonder, where would we be had he been given more time to serve our people.

What impressed me in these two great leaders is their faith, in God and in the Filipino people.  While Ninoy said, The Filipinos are worth dying for; Jesse would say, Kaya natin as he invoked participatory governance.  And look how he placed Naga in the map?

Apart from Ninoy and Cory Aquino‚Äôs death, I have not witnessed such outpouring of accolades and praises for a public official upon his death.¬† I believe it is not just a coincidence to recover Sec. Jesse Robredo’s body on Ninoy Aquino day. I believe this is a wake-up call to us, Filipinos. If we are to remain faithful to the memory of these great Filipinos who had gone before us, then we have to rise up to the challenges they left us with. We have to be united so that we can move forward as a nation. The people who were elected and appointed to office should serve as our role models in the ‚Äúdaang matuwid‚ÄĚ governance of the present leadership.

Mission Accomplished, PNoy had said in his eulogy. Both Ninoy and Jesse had served well.  Now it’s our duty to continue their legacy.  Let the loss of a few good men pave the way so that other good or even better men shine and live out the values they embodied. It would be much better though if we do not wait for another loss to face the challenge.  Let us live the Filipino Spirit as we participate in the task of nation building.

By the way, the project to teach Robredo 101 in our schools is a good start.  A follow-up to this would be to  elect honest and competent people to office in the coming 2013 elections.

Minding the generation gap

I have often wondered why children find it hard to understand why their parents are bringing them up the way they do. ¬†I asked , “Why won’t they see that parents are doing things so that they may grow up to be the persons they ought to be?” ¬†That everything is and always will be for their own good. Coming from a generation of baby boomers, ¬†I ¬†have also experienced these generation gap differences in matters of opinions, values and virtues, with so much younger friends, young enough to be my children. ūüôā.¬†

After hearing one of our speakers in a planning session I attended, I realized, there is actually and there really is generation gap. ¬†People grow with different sets of values depending on the generation where they belong to and the circumstances they are in. ¬†Thanks to strategy planning workshops. ūüôā

Though I sometimes rebel, now I understand why my parents brought us up this way with so much of the do’s and the dont’s. Though I want to see them play outdoor games like piko, sipa, patentero, taguan and habulan for strength and stamina, now I understand why the young stay glued to their laptops, ipads and ipods, androids and the likes.¬†Though I prefer face to face communication or mailed letters and love letters, now I understand that emerging technologies are here to stay to make life more comfortable.

I’ve realized though that whatever generation one belongs to, one would always want to love and be loved in return; one would always want to go to a place called home; and one would want to do something to make a difference.¬†

I have collated here some articles around the net in order that we may comprehend the  generations better.

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The Lost Generation.   They are the ones typically born between 1883 and 1900.

The Greatest Generation, also known as the Traditionalists, is sometimes referred to as the G.I. Generation. T hey are those people born in 1914-1924, with 1925-1927 forming a bridge to the Silent Generation.

Below are a few common characteristics of Traditionalists.

  • Hardworking:¬† They have strong work ethics and consider work a privilege. This generation believes you earn your own way through hard work. They are willing put in long, gruelling hours to get ahead in their careers.
  • Loyal:¬†Traditionalists are civic-minded and loyal to their country and employer. ¬†They worked for the same employer their entire life and are less likely to change jobs to advance their careers
  • Submissive:¬† Traditionalists were taught to respect authority. ¬†They are good team players and generally don‚Äôt initiate conflict in the workplace.
  • Tech-Challenged:¬† Traditionalists are slow to change their work habits. ¬†Traditionalists may struggle to learn new technology and work processes.
  • Traditional:¬†Traditionalists value traditional morals, safety and security as well as conformity, commitment and consistency. ¬†They prefer traditional lecture formats to online, web-based education.

Silent Generation is to the generation born during the Great Depression and World War II, including the bulk of those who fought during the Korean War from 1925 to 1945. They are characterized as grave and fatalistic, conventional, possessing confused morals, expecting disappointment but desiring faith, and for women, desiring both a career and a family.

Baby Boomers are those born in the decade following the end of World War II (from 1946 – 1964.)

Some of the common characteristics of the Baby Boomer generation:

  • Work-Centric:¬†Baby Boomers are extremely hardworking and motivated by position, perks and prestige. Baby Boomers relish long work weeks and define themselves by their professional accomplishments. ¬†They sacrifice a great deal to get where they are in their career, and may criticize younger generations¬†for a lack of work ethic and commitment to the workplace.
  • Independent:¬†Baby Boomers are confident, independent and self-reliant. This generation grew up in an era of reform and believe they can change the world. They questioned established authority systems and challenged the status quo. Baby Boomers are not afraid of confrontation and will not hesitate to challenge established practices.
  • Goal-Oriented:¬† Baby Boomers are achievement-oriented, dedicated and career-focused. They welcome exciting, challenging projects and strive to make a difference.
  • Competitive:¬† Baby Boomers equate work and position with self-worth. They are clever, resourceful and strive to win.

Generation X ¬†are those born between 1963-1980.¬† They are often labelled the “slacker” generation, uncommitted and unfocused. ¬†They are the first generation to have experienced divorce on a large scale and are likely to have changed careers several times. The ¬†Xers are considered more likely to want to keep their heads down than to change the world.

Below are a few common characteristics of Generation X.

  • Individualistic:¬†Generation X came of age in an era were women were joining the workforce in large numbers.¬† They are considered latchkey kids¬† who returns from school to an empty home because his or her parent or parents are away at work, or a child who is often left at home with little or no¬†parental supervision. As a result, Generation X is independent, resourceful and self-sufficient. In the workplace, Generation X values freedom and responsibility. Many in this generation display a casual disdain for authority and structured work hours. They dislike being micro-managed and embrace a hands-off management philosophy.
  • Technologically Adept:¬†The Generation X mentality reflects a shift from a manufacturing economy to a service economy. The first generation to grow up with computers, technology is woven into their lives. ¬†This generation is comfortable using PDAs, cellphones, e-mail, laptops, Blackberrys and other technology employed in the workplace.
  • Flexible:¬† Generation X is less committed to one employer and more willing to change jobs to get ahead than previous generations. They adapt well to change and are tolerant of alternative lifestyles.¬† They are ambitious and eager to learn new skills but want to accomplish things on their own terms.
  • Value Work/Life Balance:¬† Generation X work to live rather than live to work. They appreciate fun in the workplace and espouse a work hard/play hard mentality. Generation X managers often incorporate humour and games into work activities.

Generation Y are those born between 1981 and 1994. Common put-downs include lazy, debt-ridden and programmed for instant gratification. They are portrayed as demanding and unrealistic in their career aspirations.  They have grown up at Internet age hence, the world to them is virtual and the possibilities are endless.

Some common traits that define Generation Y are:

  • Tech-Savvy:¬†Generation Y grew up with technology and rely on it to perform their jobs better. Armed with BlackBerrys, laptops, cellphones and other gadgets, Generation Y is plugged-in 24/7. This generation prefers to communicate through e-mail and text messaging rather than face-to-face contact and prefers webinars and online technology to traditional lecture-based presentations.
  • Family-Centric:¬† Generation Y wants flexible schedules and a better work/life balance and prioritizes family over work.
  • Achievement-Oriented:¬† ¬†Generation Y is confident, ambitious and achievement-oriented. They have high expectations of their employers, seek out new challenges and are not afraid to question authority. They want meaningful work and a solid learning curve.
  • Team-Oriented:¬†They participate in team sports, play groups and other group activities and value teamwork as they seek the input and affirmation of others. Generation Y is loyal, committed and wants to be included and involved.
  • Attention-Craving:¬†Generation Y craves attention in the forms of feedback and guidance. They appreciate being kept in the loop and seek frequent praise and reassurance. Generation Y may benefit greatly from mentors who can help guide and develop their young careers.

Generation Z , Generation I or Generation Next or The iPad Generation are those born 1995-2009. They are the first generation never to have experienced the pre-internet world. Accordingly are already technology-focused. To them, friendships are quantifiable by Facebook, Skype and Twitter.  Generation Z have grown up in a world that is all about connecting through technology.  They have redefined virtual communication way with family members and friends across the country, or even around the world, without being in the same physical space.

Some common traits of Generation Z are:

  • ¬†Multi-taskers.¬† They are evolving to cope with the ever-increasing volume of media byproducts by becoming astutely skeptical and relentlessly discriminating. We do not need to defend ourselves or mask our intentions; we simply need to smartly compete for their fleeting attention.
  • Speed Demons. Growing up on the web, Gen Z lives in a world of instant gratification.¬†They understand the implications of tagging photos and detagging others, and that endorsing products with a simple “Like” button can bring either scrutiny or praise.
  • Community-Organizers.¬† Since Gen Z has grown up with social communities, befriending and interacting with the online community is second nature. Accordingly, they use social media as a platform to mobilize efforts.

 Generation Alpha: This generation begins with those born in 2010. This ere marks the rise of the LGBTs. It has been predicted they will be the most formally educated generation in history, beginning school earlier and studying longer. The children of older, wealthier parents with fewer siblings, they are already being labelled materialistic.

With all the new technology sure to be at their disposal comes the risk of a sedentary lifestyle and with it, obesity.

God said NO

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I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No.
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations;
it isn’t granted, it is learned .

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No.
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares
and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own! ,
but I will prune you to make you fruitful .

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said… Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

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